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Nepal defended low score

3 May, Kathmandu. Nepal has won its consecutive second match in ICC World Cricket League Division Three.Nepal has outclassed Oman by 32 runs in game played at Somerset cricket ground, Bermuda. Nepal forced to bat fist as Oman had won the toss in bowler friendly pitch. While batting fist,nepal were able to score only 160, which was considered below par. Later Nepali bowler proved it wrong and Nepal has defended that score convincingly. For Nepal, Gyanendra Malla has socred 34 runs, which is highest by nepali batsman. Other than Malla Binod Bhandari also scored important 32. while restricting Oman to 132, nepali bowlers bowler...

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Nepal enters final, will take Afganistan for Cup

Kathamndu: Nepal defeat United Arab Emirates (UAE) in ACC Twenty-20 cup semi-finals here at the TU stadium. Nepal enters in finals first time in the history. Nepal wins the match by 6 wicket with 5 ball remaining. In their only previous meeting in Twenty20‚ the UAE beat Nepal by six wickets during the group stage of the 2011 edition held in Kathmandu. Elected to bat first after winning the toss, UAE had posted the target of 134 runs in 20 overs. Nepal achieved the target in 19 over and 1 ball by losing 4 wickets. Nepal is scheduled to play against Afganistan on Wednesday in final. Prithu baskota and Pradip Airee awarded with man of the match trophy with 15 thousand given by Cricket Asocitaion of...

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Kolkata Knight Riders’ Brendon McCullum to miss IPL 6 opener

Kolkata: New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum will be unavailable for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League opener against Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens on Wednesday. The dashing wicketkeeper-batsman is nursing a hamstring injury. “He is yet to join the squad,” said a KKR source. McCullum, who holds the record for the highest score (158) in the IPL, is already scheduled to have a truncated stint with in the IPL this season, as he is to lead New Zealand on their England trip. McCullum has 1233 runs in 47 IPL games at an average of 28. Apart from the Knight Riders, he also represented Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 2011....

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Jesse Ryder moved out of ICU

New Delhi: New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has been moved out of Intensive Care Unit and thanked his supporters for their messages in his first public statement since waking from induced coma. According to reports the 28-year-old, who was attacked outside a bar on Thursday, has been moved into a Christchurch Hospital ward after doctors found his condition to be improving. “I just want to let everyone know that I`m okay,” the statement said. “I feel heaps better today but still really tired. I`ve been reading your messages that have been sent so thank you to everyone for thinking of me over the last few days.” “I want to thank everyone who has been caring for me at the hospital — they have been awesome. Thank you to my family and friends who have been here also,“ it said. Ryder is now talking but has no recollection of the assault that took place outside Aikmans Bar in Christchurch. The police have made two arrests so far in relation to the incident....

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Sania-Bethanie lose in quarters of Miami Masters

Miami: India`s Sania Mirza and her American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands crashed out of the Miami Masters on Wednesday, after losing their women`s doubles quarter-final match against world No.1 pair of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in straight sets at Crandon Park, Miami. The seventh seeded Indo-American pair lost 1-6, 4-6 in just 66 minutes, losing serve three times in each set. Sania and Bethanie started the proceedings on an attacking note, breaking the serve of their opponents but, the Italian pair of Errani and Vinci restored parity by breaking in the next game. The top seeds Italian pair did not give Sania and Bethanie any more leeway to make a comeback into the match as they produced a dominant show to race through the set in just 24 minutes. In the second set, the Indo-American duo took the first game at love but the top seeds put on display their vast repertoire of stroke-play to make a strong comeback. The third game saw Sania-Bethanie saving three break points from 15-40 to surge ahead and then went on to win the next game to swell their lead to 3-1. However, their joy remained short-lived as the Italian duo of Errani and Vinci broke their opponents` serve to reduce the gap to 2-3. Sania-Bethanie again made headway by breaking their opponents in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. But,...

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New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder critical after bar brawl

Wellington: Troubled New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder was in a critical condition in hospital on Thursday after an “extremely vicious” attack as he left a bar in Christchurch, police said. The 28-year-old was in an induced coma with a fractured skull and serious internal injuries, and his family were at his bedside. The attack in the South Island city came just days before the talented batsman was to take up a lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) contract. Ryder has a history of disciplinary lapses and alcohol-related incidents, but although he had been drinking before the early morning assault, police said alcohol was not a factor. Detective senior sergeant Brian Archer said there was a brief altercation involving Ryder and “two or three” people when he stepped outside the bar. Ryder then crossed the road to a nearby fast-food outlet where he was attacked. “The hospital advise he is in a critical condition. He is in an induced coma as a result of suffering multiple injuries,” Archer said. Police believed there were at least 10 witnesses, one of whom, Emma-Louise Ferguson, told the New Zealand Herald it was “unbelievably brutal”. “They had him on the ground and they were kicking him hard,” she said, adding: “It was literally right outside the door of the bar. “When he was on the ground, I couldn’t actually see him but I could hear...

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Barcelona’s Pedro out for 10 days with leg injury

Barcelona: Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez will be sidelined for 10 days and miss the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals against Paris Saint-Germain after injuring his leg while playing for Spain in a World Cup qualifier. The Catalan club said on Wednesday that “tests have confirmed that the player has small muscle fiber tears” in his left leg. Pedro scored in the 58th minute of the 1-0 win at France on Tuesday, giving Spain first place of Group I in European qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Apart from the Champions League match at Paris Saint-Germain next Tuesday, Pedro will miss Barcelona’s Spanish league match at Celta Vigo on Saturday....

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Kapil Dev urges `over the hill` Tendulkar to embrace `painful` retirement

Abu Dhabi: Former Indian captain Kapil Dev has urged batting great Sachin Tendulkar, whom he believes is well past his best, to take retirement from international cricket, adding the master blaster can be a great ambassador for cricket post retirement. Dev said the important stage of Tendulkar`s career is over, adding he is now at the end of his career and one should appreciate that he is not going to play the way he used to. Dev added even if Tendulkar scored three consecutive centuries his thoughts won`t change about him, adding one has to know that age is not just a number and it doesn`t matter how much passion you have, you couldn`t stay so long as to block the progress of others. Dev said this is not just about Tendulkar, but life in general, adding the Little Master can be a great ambassador of the game like Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid. The former all rounder further added in order to get the best out of your retirement you can give back after it as well and Tendulkar must move on and beautiful things will happen to him, adding he wishes him luck, comfort and happiness because he has given so much to us that it is unbelievable and unparalleled but he must move on. Dev added if you have other things going on in...

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Saga not over, suggests Taylor

Wellington – Ex-New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor, replaced as captain late last year, admitted on Wednesday he was not entirely comfortable in the team following a dramatic Test series draw against England. Taylor also indicated there was more to the way he lost the captaincy to Brendon McCullum than has been revealed. “I wouldn’t say I’m as comfortable as I would like to be but I guess time will tell,” Taylor told Radio Sport when questioned about the atmosphere inside the New Zealand dressing room. Taylor would not go into details but said the full story of his demotion may yet be made public. “There’s a lot of things that have happened. Maybe over the next couple of weeks or months, things might get told but as of now, it’s probably not a great time to talk about it,” he said. Taylor, who sat out the recent tour of South Africa, praised the performance of his New Zealand team-mates, who came within a whisker of recording a rare Test series win against the powerful England side on Tuesday. “As one of the senior batters, it’s nice for others to come in and score some runs. Something I haven’t done very much in a New Zealand team is have to wait a couple of sessions to bat. Hopefully I can start getting used to that trend,” he said. The three-Test...

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Nepal rues poor batting in Hong Kong defeat

Kathmandu: Nepal suffered a six wicket defeat by Hong Kong in their second game of the ACC Twenty20 Cup at the Tribhuvan University (TU) cricket ground in Kirtipur on Wednesday. Winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Nepal’s 116 run target was not enough for the host side as Hong Kong reached the target with 21 balls to spare. Despite removing the danger man Irfan Ahmed (30), who scored 39-ball 87 against Malaysia yesterday, in the fourth over, Hong Kong steadily reached the target with Nizakat Khan’s 42 and Waqas Barkat’s 39. Khan and Barkat’s laid the winning foundation for their side with 70-run partnership for the third wicket. Basanta Regmi took three wickets and Shakti Gauchan grabbed one in his kitty. Gyanendra Malla was the top scorer for the host nation with 38 off 39 balls followed by Pradeep Airee with 21. Airee, who had a man-of-the-match performance against Maldives yesterday, was caught in the seventh over when he failed to clear the ground. Binod Bhandari (15) and Shakti Gauchan (11) were the other batsmen to put a notable contributions for Nepal. Nadeem Ahmed took three wickets conceding just 18 runs in his four overs for Hong Kong. Aizaz Khan and Tanwir Afzal also registered two each in their name while Karan Shah grabbed on in his...

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