KATHMANDU: Sri Lanka defeated Nepal by six wickets in the first match of U-23 Men’s T-20 Cricket championship played here today under the ongoing 13th South Asian Games (SAG).
The match was held at Tribhuvan University cricket ground in Kirtipur. Nepal, which was sent to bat first after losing the toss, made 172 runs in the set 20 overs, losing five wickets.
Sri Lanka achieved the victory target of 173 runs in 19.1 overs at the loss of four wickets.
Shammu Asan made 72 runs not-out for Sri Lanka. He clinched five sixes and four fours in 44 balls.
Similarly, Nishan Madusaka contributed 46 runs for Sri Lanka including one six and five fours in 42 balls.
Towards bowling, Nepal’s Pawan Sarraf took two wickets while Sompal Kami and Sushan Bhari took one wicket each.
Nepal’s vice-captain Deependra Singh Airee gave his best performance in batting for Nepal. He made 72 runs, including three sixes and four fours, in 44 balls while not-out.
Similarly, Pawan Sarraff made 22 runs, captain Gyanendra Malla and Binod Bhandari made equal 22 runs and Aarif Shekh made 19 runs.
Towards bowling, Sri Lanka’s Kamindu Mendis took two wickets while Dubindu Tilakratne, Asita Fernando and Kaviska Anjula took one wicket each.