Phillip Hughes Tribute Match: Team Red wins by 1 run

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KATHMANDU, APR 11 – Team Red defeated Team Blue by one run in the Phillip Hughes Tribute Match at the Tribhuvan University cricket stadium in Kirtipur on Saturday.

In a thrilling match, Team Blue finished on 162/8 chasing Team Red’s target of 163 runs.

The match was organised by Cricket Association of Nepal to pay tribute to Australian cricketer Hughes, who died on November 27 after being hit in the neck by a ball during a Sheffield Shield match against South Australia while playing for New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia.

Losing the toss and batting first, Sharad Bheswakar scored 52 runs before Team Red were bowled out for 163. Team Blue was looking on course for victory with 158 for five but a flurry of wickets towards the end of their inning slumped them to 162 for eight. Mahesh Chhetri top scored with 58 runs.

New South Wales (NSW) and Sydney Thunder wicketkeeper-batsman Ryan Carters had led Team Red in the match.

Nepali cricket supporters had turned out in thousands to watch the 63-over (31.3 overs per side) match. The match was of total 63 overs to commemorate Hughes, who was playing on 63 when he was knocked unconscious by a Sean Abbott delivery.

Das retires from int’l cricket

Former cricket captain Binod Das retired from cricket calling time on his 17-year cricketing career.

Das captained Team Blue during the Phillip Hughes Tribute Match. A tearful Das was given an emotional farewell by thousands who rose on their feet and clapped their hands after he was out on 41 runs.

A feared right-hand medium-pacer during his heydays, the bowling allrounder last represented Nepal during the country’s triumphant 2012 ICC World Cricket League Division IV Tournament campaign in Malaysia. He captained Nepal senior team from 2005 to 2008 before handing over the baton to current skipper Paras Khadka in 2009.

Under his captaincy Nepal lifted their first international trophy, the  ACC U-19 Cup title in 2001. Das also led Nepal to the U-19 World Cup plate championship final in 2002 where they lost to Zimbabwe team that included future stars like Brenden Taylor and Tatenda Taibu. Among his major achievement as Nepal skipper was winning the ACC Premier League Three-Day Competition in 2006.