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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