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Sandeep treble puts Nepal close to quarter-finals

Jan 30, 2016 | Eddie Van Brooks |

Nepal defeated Ireland by eight wickets in their second Group 'D' match of the ICC U-19 World Cup to inch closer to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Nepal have four points in the group standings and will now wait for India versus New Zealand result in another pool game where a victory for the Indians mean they will sail through.

Leg spinner Sandip Lamichhane took the first hat-trick as Nepali bowler in the U-19 World Cup history and first in the current tournament to restrict Ireland to 131-9 in 50 overs.

Nepal reached 132-2 in 25.3 overs after Yogendra Karki smashed an unbeaten half century forging two crucial partnerships. Nepal lost opener Sandeep Sunar in the first ball of their reply but Yogendra shared 55 runs for the second wicket with Sunil Dhamala to get their chase on track.

Sunil made 28 off 35 with four boundaries and a six before losing his wicket to Gary McClintock at 55-2. Yogendra, however, continued to impress with an unbeaten 77-run stand with Aarif Sheikh to take the team easily home.

Yogendra made 61 off 81 with eight boundaries and Aarif chipped in a 36-ball 31 with five hits to the fence.

Earlier, Sunil, Sushil Kandel and Sandeep picked up a wicket each reducing Ireland to 48-3. But the Irish were still in the game at 80-3 in 31.3 overs. However, Sandeep ripped apart the Irish middle order with a hat-trick that began with the dismissal of Lorcan Tucker, caught by Dipendra Airee.

He then had set man Adam Dennison (21) caught behind by skipper Raju Rijal the next ball and subsequently bowled new man Fiachra Tucker to complete his hat-trick. The treble from Sandeep completely shifted the momentum towards Nepal as Ireland went reeling at 80-6 in 32 overs.

Lamichhane soon bowled William McClintock (two) as it was only left the formalities to skittle out the Irish. Harry Tector staged some resistance with a 54-ball 30 to ensure Ireland were not bowled out. Dipendra Airee also had two wickets for Nepal, while opener Jack Tector made 27 off 52 with two fours and a six.


Nepal will play India in their next match on February 1.


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