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Aasif brilliance salvages pride for Nepal

Aasif Sheikh produced a gem of an innings scoring a fluent 90 and notching up a century stand for the first wicket to hand Nepal U-19 a six-wicket victory over Bangladesh U-19 in Savar on Sunday
Electing to bat first at the BKSP grounds, Bangladesh made 225-7 in 50 overs on the back of a gritty 80 not out from Aminul Islam. Aasif laid the foundation for victory sharing 139 runs for the first wicket with Jitendra Singh Thakuri in 32 overs before Nepal reached 229-4 with 21 balls to spare. 
The win saw Nepal salvage some pride after surrendering meekly against the hosts in the second match when they were bundled out for just 104 runs in 36.5 overs in a chase of 228 runs on Saturday
Bangladesh won the three-match friendly series 2-1 and now both teams will put their focus back on the ACC U-19 Asia Cup beginning from November 10 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
It was Aasif who scripted a memorable day for Nepal against the youth team of a Test nation playing fluently and scoring at well. Jitendra, who played his one and only match of the series replacing Sandeep Sunar, prove a calm ally hanging in patiently with Aasif. 
Aasif made an 88-ball 90 hitting nine fours and three sixes before being trapped leg before of Saif Hasan. Four runs later Jitendra departed, his 109-ball stay at the crease consisting of three boundaries and a six in 45 runs. 
New man Anil Kumar Sah eased the pressure hitting two sixes but fell for 15 off 16 as Nepal’s score read 159-3 in 36 overs. Skipper Dipendra Singh Airee and Rohit Kumar Paudel then shared important 42 runs for the fourth wicket leading Nepal close to victory. 
Rohit chipped in 25 from 22 balls with three boundaries and was bowled by Roni Hossain. Bhim Sarki sealed the victory smashing  a six and a four off Islam remaining unbeaten on 13 from 10 balls. Dipendra made 27 not out from 35 balls hitting three boundaries.
Earlier, Nepal reduced the hosts to 82-4 in 26.1 overs before a 62-run stand for the fifth wicket between Islam and Mohammad Rakib steadied Bangladesh. Rakib made 39 off 36 with six hits to the fence and one over the fence. 
From 172-7 in 44.4 overs, Islam provided the lift to Bangladesh innings adding another 53 unbeaten runs with Robiul Haque (21 not out). Islam 87-ball innings included eight boundaries. 
Shahab Alam was the pick of the Nepali bowlers taking 3-45 from nine overs, while Anil had the figures of 2-35 from 10 overs with two maiden overs. Leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane went wicketless but was economical conceding 32 runs from 10 overs.
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