HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The ICC U-19 World Cup preparing Nepali team today defeated Northern Territory (NT) Strike Team by three wickets in a practice match in Darwin today.
Electing to bat first, the local team wa restricted to 195-9 in 50 overs. Left arm spinner Rahul Kumar BK took four wickets for Nepal.
The visitors then reached the target for the loss of seven wickets after Naresh Budhayer starred with a 93 not out.
Skipper Prithu Baskota contributed a significant 29, while Hashim Ansari was the next best scorer with 16 runs after openers Subash Khakurel (six) and Pradeep Airee (five) lost their wickets cheaply. Faizlur Rehman made eight runs.
Nepal had lost their first practice match against the same team by 98 runs, while they had crushed Kormilda College by a huge 255 runs on Wednesday.
Nepal — who were in Darwin for a week-long conditioning camp — left for Brisbane today. Before the World Cup starts on August 11, Nepal will play official warm up matches against Papua New Guinea on August 7 and New Zealand the next day.
Meanwhile, three seamers Avinash Karn, Saurav Khanal and Ram Naresh Giri left for Brisbane today along with assistant coach Jagat Tamatta to join the national squad.
The players had to join the team late because of the delay in visa procedures. Nepal will play hosts and defending champions Australia, England and Ireland in Group ‘A’.
ICC Associate and Affiliate Panel umpire Buddhi Bahadur Pradhan of Nepal also left for Australia to officiate the matches of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, scheduled for August 11-26 in Queensland, Brisbane.