Dharamsala- Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association XI (HPCA) got better off Nepal U19 by 2 wickets in the first practice match played between these two sides at Dharamsala Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
In what was an exciting encounter, HPCA XI chased the target of 208 runs set by Nepal U19 in the last over losing their 8 wickets. Arjun Sharma batting at No. 8 guided the home team to victory with 26 not out from 21 balls after opener Nitin Sharma (45 runs from 52 balls) and Arsalan Khan (47 runs off 60 balls) had set the tone for the home team.
Sandip Lamichhne grabbed three wickets for Nepal while Prem Tamang took another two.
Nepal batting first made 207/8 in 40 overs with contributions from Skipper Raju Rijal (66 runs from 84 balls) and Rajbir Singh (42* runs from 34 balls). Nepal lost the early wickets of Sunil Dhamala 0, Sandeep Sunar 10, Yogendra Singh Karki 5 and Shankar Rana 0 with just 39 runs on the board. Aarif Sheikh soon got out leaving Nepal 61 for 5 in 12.3 overs.
Rijal 66 and Dipendra Airee34, led Nepal’s recovery adding 70 runs for the sixth wicket. Both the batsman departed quickly leaving Nepal 133 for 7. Saurabh Khanal and Rajbir Singn thenP helped Nepal cross the 200 mark score. Saurabh hit run a ball 27 while Rajbir remained not out on 42 runs.
Vinay Galetita took four wickets for the home team.
HPCA XI- 208/8, 40 ov, Arsalan Khan 47(60), Nitin Sharma 45(52), Sandeep Lamichhane 3/44.
beat Nepal U19- 207/8, 40 ov, Raju Rijal 66 (84), Vinay Galetita 4/48 by 2 wickets.