Nepal have lost their first multi-day match in over eight years as they played a Kurungela Combined XI over the last three days in Sri Lanka.
Batting first, the home side started their innings with Rajitha Rathnayake and Leo Fransisco putting on 65 for the first wicket before Rathnayake was out for 29. Fransisco scored 51 before he was the third man out with the score on 114. Gayan Maneeshan and Minod Banuka then took charge of the game, doubling the score before Maneeshan was out for 60.
Banuka stayed in and reached 113 before he was bowled by Sompal Kami, who then finished off the rest of the Kurungela batting order by taking the next four wickets. He finished with figures of 5-64, with the hosts reaching 347.
Nepal showed their inexperience in the longer form of the game when they batted, with only Paras Khadka able to stay in for a long innings. The only batsman to stay with him was number nine Sompal Kami, with the pair putting on 49 for the eighth wicket before Khadka was out for 59. Kami scored 49 before he was the last man out with the score on 187.
Kurungela opted not to enforce the follow on, choosing to bat again. Gayan Maneeshan top scored in their second innings with 63. Nepal's bowlers were much improved in the second innings, with the hosts reaching 138-8 before they declared, setting Nepal a challenging target of 299.
Once again though, the Nepali top order struggled, with the first five wickets only putting on 45. Rajesh Pulami and Sagar Pun put on 72 for the sixth wicket before the latter was out for 44. Pulami held on, ably assisted by Sompal Kami. The pair put on 54 for the eighth wicket to take the score to 208.
Only three more runs were added though and Nepal were bowled out for 211, losing by 87 runs. Chamikara Edirisinghe was the pick of the bowlers with 6-84.
Nepal will now travel to Dambulla for a second three-day match, which will start on Sunday.
Kurungela Combined XI beat Nepal by 87 runs
Welagedara Stadium, Kurunegala, 9-11 November
Kurungela Combined XI 347 (97.3 overs, M Banuka 113, G Maneeshan 60, L Fransisco 51, S Kami 5-64)
Nepal 187 (56.1 overs, P Khadka 59, S Kami 49, M Shiraz 3-28)
Kurungela Combined XI 138-8 dec (44.2 overs, G Maneeshan 63, S Kami 3-21)
Nepal 211 (70.2 overs, R Pulami 95, S Pun 44, C Edirisinghe 6-84)