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Pakistan beats Nepal by 238 runs

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In the first match of the Asia Cup 2023 held yesterday (30), hosts Pakistan easily secured a win against Nepal by 238 runs.

Pakistan Captain Babar Azam scored 151 runs in a superb inning, which included 14 fours and 4 sixes.

This was Azam’s 19th ODI hundred and Iftikhar Ahmed smashed 109 off 71 balls.

Babar’s 151 off 131 deliveries and his double-century fifth-wicket stand with Iftikhar provided Pakistan a strong total of 342-6 after the hosts won the toss and elected to bat in the Group A game.

Nepal, making its first appearance in the Asia Cup, was bowled out for 104 in 23.4 overs.

Imam Ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman opened the Pakistan innings. However, they could not get off to a successful start and the first 2 wickets fell at 25 runs.

Zaman scored 14 runs while Ul Haq scored 5 runs.

Mohammad Rizwan put on an 86-run stand for the third wicket with Captain Azam.

Rizwan scored 44 runs and Iftikhar Ahmed scored 109 runs not out.

Sompal Kami took 2 wickets for Nepal.

At the end of 50 overs, Pakistan scored 342 for 6 wickets.

The first 3 players of Nepal were out at 14.

Aarif Sheikh and Sompal Kami kept the game going until the fourth wicket fell at 59 runs.

Due to the skillful bowling of the Pakistan team, eight Nepalese batsmen left the field without scoring beyond 10 runs.

Shadab Khan took 4 wickets for 27 runs.

Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf took 2 wickets each.

At the end of 23 overs and 4 balls, the Nepali team was able to score only 104 runs.

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Term tests for Western province suspended

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The term tests for grade 10 and 11 in the Western province schools has been postponed after some of the question papers were shared on social media ahead of the examination.

A senior official said that the decision had been taken after complaints that several question papers had been leaked out before the examinations.

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Russian Naval Ship Varyag Visits Colombo

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The Russian Naval Ship Varyag has arrived at the port of Colombo on a formal visit. 

This 187m long Missile Cruiser, manned by a crew of 529, is led by Flag Officer Captain 1st Rank Velichko Anatoly Vasicievich, with Captain 2nd Rank Glushakov Roman Nikolaevich serving as the Commanding Officer.

During their stay in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew is expected to participate in various programs organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, fostering camaraderie and exploring tourist attractions in the country. 

The official visit will conclude, and Varyag is set to depart from the island tomorrow.

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SL over 60s cricket team ranked 4th in the world

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The Sri Lanka Over-60s cricket team, led by Garry Gunasekara, achieved a commendable 4th place in the recently concluded Over-60s Cricket World Cup in Chennai. 

Twelve teams, including all major cricketing nations except Pakistan and Bangladesh, participated in the tournament.

In the group league stages, Sri Lanka secured victories against India, Wales, and the Rest of the World. 

They also tied with the West Indies and suffered their only defeat to Australia, finishing 2nd in the group. 

Sri Lanka faced England in the first semi-final, resulting in a loss, while New Zealand lost to Australia in the second semi-final. Australia went on to convincingly win the final against England.

In the third-place match, Sri Lanka faced New Zealand and narrowly lost by 20 runs, ultimately securing the 4th position in the Over-60s Cricket World Cup.

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