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Nepal create history with maiden U-19 Asia Cup semi-final spot

Nov 14, 2017 | Cricketingnepal |
Nepal created history by entering the ACC U-19 Asia Cup semi-finals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday.

After sweeping aside Malaysia by eight wickets cantering to victory in just 5.2 overs, Nepal needed a favourable result from another Group 'A' match between Bangladesh and India. 

Bangladesh crushed India by eight wickets for their third consecutive victory to finish pool winners and help Nepal go through as runners-up. 

Nepal finished second with four points and will now meet Afghanistan in the semi-finals, while Bangladesh will meet Group 'B' runners-up Pakistan. Following Tuesday's results, undispute India are out of group stage along with Sri Lanka who exited from Group 'B'. 

On a rain affected day, India made 187-8 in 32 overs and Bangladesh received a revised target of 190 from 32. Pinak Ghosh (81) and Tawhid Hridoy (48) laid the foundation for victory as they shared 83 unbeaten runs for Bangladesh who reached 191-2 in 28 overs.

At the Bayuemas Oval, Nepal's game was reduced to 24-over-a-side following more than four-hour delay. Malaysia reached 33 without loss in five overs but with leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane returning with a five-wicket haul, they were bundled out for just 45 runs in 15.3 overs. 

Needing a big margin victory, coach Binod Das sent in Anil Sah and Aasif Sheikh to open the innings. Sheikh looked sluggish but Sah played fluently and struck three sixes in his 14-ball 26 not out. 

Skipper Dipendra Singh Airee hit two consecutive sixes soon after stepping in and was out the next ball for a three-ball 12. Aasif made four from 14, while Bhim Sharki was unbeaten on three runs from a single ball. 

Nepal's comeback with the ball was praiseworthy as Anil's introduction in the sixth over turned the match. He removed Malaysian skipper Virandeep Singh for 10 and the collapse ensued.

Dipendra then picked up two wickets in a single over including that of dangerous looking opener Syed Aziz who hit 21 off 20 with a six and a four. Sandeep then continued to strike at regular intervals returning the figures of 5-8 from 4.3 overs.

Sahab Alam also took 2-3 from three overs for Nepal.


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