Nepal lose to India in Blind Cricket World Cup

KATHMANDU: Nepal went down to India by eight wickets in their fourth match of the fifth Blind Cricket World Cup at the Eden Gardens Ajman Cricket Ground in the United Arab Emirates today.

Opting to bat first, Nepal scored 156-9 in 37.5 overs before India raced to victory in 15 overs with eight wickets in hands.

Nepal had already been out of the top four race after facing defeats against Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in their

previous matches. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have confirmed their berths in the top four.

Australia — who are also out of the race — will take on Nepal in their last match on Monday.

In the day’s match, Nepal made a mediocre start with openers Ramesh Baniya (14) and Sunil Rana (17) putting in 33 runs before the former departed. Rana was next to return to the pavilion and that triggered the collapse in Nepali innings.

Bharat Thapa fought lonely battle scoring 35 runs, while Padam Badela was retired hurt on 24 runs.

India’s Prakash Jayramiah picked up two wickets, while Jafar Iqbal, Prem Kumar, Rambir Singh and Ajay Kumar Reddy claimed one wicket each.

In reply, India reached the target comfortably riding on Anil Gharia’s 29-ball 54 that included six boundaries. Mahender Vishnav scored 40 runs.