Team Red v Team Blue, Phillip Hughes' tribute match, Kirtipur April 11, 2015

Vesawkar, Elliott secure Hughes' tribute match for Team Red

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sharad Vesawkar struck a match-winning half-century © ICC

Sharad Vesawkar struck a 53-ball 52 and three wickets in the penultimate over from Matthew Elliott, the former Australia Test batsman, ensured Team Red nipped a one-run victory over Team Blue in the tribute match to Phillip Hughes, arranged by the Cricket Association of Nepal.

Each team, comprised of 16 members, would get to play 31.3 overs each so that the game would last 63 overs - the score Hughes was on when he was struck down by a bouncer.

Team Red were put in and were hampered by regular breakthroughs. Only Vesawkar could push past 17 as his half-century that included six fours lifted a score that was 75 for 5 in the 19th over to 163 at the end of the innings.

Team Blue's replay was similarly lopsided, with four single-figures packed amid Mahesh Chhetri's 74-ball 58. But they had reached the 31st over on 158 for 4.

Nine balls left, six runs to get with the set batsman still there. Only Elliott had Chhetri stumped off the second ball, Paras Khadka, the Nepal captain, was caught off the fifth the over ended with Dipendra Chaudhary being stumped as well. The equation became five off three, and then three needed from one. Binod Bhandari, in an effort to at least tie the game, was run out by Vesawkar while trying to sneak two byes.

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  • Dimash on April 12, 2015, 4:24 GMT

    Some 10,000+ crowd gathered to pay tribute to Phil Hughes and to bid adiue to the legendary Binod Das (Nepal's 1st cricketing superstar). Some interesting facts in this unique 63 overs (31.3 overs a side) match: 1. Ticket Price: Nrs. 163.00 2. Mourning: 63 seconds 3. Overs bowled by Binod Das: 6.3 4. Runs scored by Team Red: 163 5. Deliveries faced combinedly by 4 Austraian Players: 63

  • Dummy4 on April 12, 2015, 3:17 GMT

    It was an exciting game..Hope this match will be organized annually and hope in upcoming years we will see a match between two teams..Yellow(Australia) vs Red(Nepal)..

  • Gaurav on April 11, 2015, 19:37 GMT

    and ICC are planning to have 10 team world would simply mean a kill of such madness, craziness, passion, insanity,etc...for cricket from these small matter most of countries have financial problems and lack quality talent, but given a platform and their love for the game could make them good contestants...

  • jai joy on April 11, 2015, 18:20 GMT

    ICC or cricket Australia should be made all stars charity match for Philip Hughes.

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2015, 15:25 GMT

    It was best thing done by espncricinfo covering this match...... It was not clash of big teams but the match was given special importance by Nepalese fans... And what a match dedicated to little legen Phil Huges.. Thanks espncricinfo !!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2015, 15:08 GMT

    well done guys, what a match

  • Dummy on April 11, 2015, 14:50 GMT

    This is what a small beautiful cricket loving country can do for the beautiful game and the player ...well done CAN and NEPAL ...showed Nepal will always remain on top in such activities ...RIP PH63

  • Dummy on April 11, 2015, 14:27 GMT

    Nice match RIP Hughes and the bat of Hughes took in top of the world Mount Everest Nepal after some days woo that's very nice job by Cricket Association of Nepal

  • abhijeet on April 11, 2015, 14:08 GMT

    R.I.P Phillip Hughes.........the little legend will always be there in our hearts......what a loss of such a great talent....!!

  • Dummy on April 11, 2015, 13:17 GMT

    It was indeed a close match.. I wish more of the Australian cricketers would have participated in it to make it an epic one.. Really appreciated the efforts of CAN!!

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