Nepal U-19 has won against the hosts Singapore by 22 runs in the ongoing ICC Asia Under-19’s World Cup Qualifier. In the hard fought match, Nepali Skipper Sandeep Lamichhane kept his nerves and picked crucial wickets in the end to keep Nepal’s hope alive for ICC U-19 World Cup to be held in New Zealand next year.
After electing to bat first for the first time in the tournament, Nepal lost all their wickets in 46.5 overs posting a total of 168 runs. In reply, Singapore were only able to score a total of 146 runs before losing all their wickets by 46.5 overs.
Chasing a low total of 169 runs, Singapore made a decent start with an opening stand of 40 runs in the 12th over before opening batsman Rohan Rangarajan was caught and bowled by skipper Sandeep Lamichhane for 23 runs. Rohan smacked 3 fours and a six while his fellow partner Sean Agrawal scored 21 runs before he was trapped in front by Kishore Mahato. Sidhant batting at No.3 scored 25 runs while Wicket Keeper batman Hanshul Deep scored 32 runs, both these batsmen were victims of the leggy Sandeep Lamichhane. But these individual contributions of Singapore batsmen weren’t enough as they failed to build any formidable partnership and Singapore fell short by 22 runs in the end. Singapore lost their last 5 wickets for just 7 runs as Lamichhane and Pawan Sarraf took care of the tail.
Skipper Sandeep Lamichhane once again rose to the occasion picking up 4 wickets in this match. Lamichhane bowled 10 overs for just 22 runs including a maiden while Kishore Mahato and Pawan Sharraf picked up 2 wickets each. Mahato conceded just 23 runs off his 8 overs bowling maiden whereas Sarraf finished the innings conceding 28 runs of his 7.5 overs. Dipendra Singh Airee was also able to chip in with a wicket.
Earlier, Nepal U-19 shuffled the batting order as Anil Shah opened with Sandeep Sunar. But that did’t make any difference since the opening stand just lasted for 1st 2.4 over. Anil Shah was caught out for 7 runs while Sunar made a decent contribution of 26 runs off 55 balls hitting 2 fours and a six. Wicket keeper batsman Aasif Sheikh, who was demoted to no.4 failed once again scoring just 3 runs.
The middle order collapsed as Pranit Thapa Magar scored 8 runs, Rohit Kumar Poudel scored 15 runs and Pawan Sharraf scored 2 runs. Dipendra Singh Airee scored a steady half century and kept the hopes alive for Nepal as he was well supported by Prakash KC. Dipendra scored 54 runs off 83 balls smashing 2 fours and 2 sixes while Prakash KC scored 23 runs off 24 balls.
Bir Bikram Biswaray dismantled the middle order picking up 3 wickets. Bikram conceded only 29 runs of his 10 overs including 2 maidens. Aahan Gopinath and Aryaman Sunil bagged 2 wickets each.
In the last match, Nepal lost to Afghanistan by 141 runs. || Scorecard ||
In the other match held today Afghanistan won by 10 wickets against Malaysia, successfully chasing a target of 59 in 5.4 overs.
Nepal still remain on 2nd of the table with 6 points while Afghanistan top the table with 8 points.
Nepal will face Malaysia in their 5th match of the qualifiers on 24th of July, Monday.
The winner of the tournament will qualify through to the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018 to be held in January, in New Zealand. Nepal are bunched up with Malaysia, Afghanistan and the hosts Singapore in the qualifiers.