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Flurry of wickets give Nepal a reality check

Jul 17, 2017 | Eddie Van Brooks |

Nepal were given a reality check after they struggled in chase of a paltry 74 runs against Singapore in a scratchy four-wicket win over the hosts in their opening game of the ICC U-19 World Cup Division 1 Asia Qualifier.

Buoyed by their recent batting performances in the final preparation camp in Greater Noida, Nepal were sniffing an easy victory after leg spinner and captain Sandeep Lamichhane took five wickets to demolish Singapore as the hosts made just 73 all out in 29 overs.

But what unfolded in front of coach Binod Das was a cruel reminder of how the game has switched on to a different mode in Singapore. Confident of the experience opening pair of Sandeep Sunar and Aasif Sheikh, Nepal kept losing wickets although runs kept on coming. But in the process, they lost six wickets to reach 77 runs in 17.3 overs.

With mighty Afghanistan to tackle for two games, Nepali team has been left with still a lot to do with their opener requiring to deliver. The biggest concern would be the form of Aasif who has not been able to score ever since the Nepali team left for India.

 Aasif has the highest score of 28 runs in the last six games where he has scored just 58 runs in total. Coach Binod has kept his faith in Aasif, who had shot to fame with a sizzling century in the domestic Twenty20 competition in the final, but Nepal’s batting performance will much depend on how he fares.

 Although one single game cannot bring everything into a conclusion, Nepal’s batting could once again be the key to determine the team’s fate in Singapore. Binod has said that the pitch at the Singapore Cricket Club was difficult to bat on and that would leave the batting department to get a bit cautious. 

Brief score :-

Nepal U19 VS Singapore U19

Toss :- Nepal U19 won the toss and elected to bowl first

Singapore U19 - 73/all out in 29 overs

Brigu Iyer - 42 runs in 39 balls (6 fours and 1 six)

Sandeep Lamichhane - 8-2-21-5

Shahab Alam - 6-1-12-3

Kishore Mahato - 6-3-25-2


Nepal U19 - 77 /6 in 17.3 overs

Pranit Thapa Magar - 23 runs in 26 balls (3 fours)

Anil Kumar Sah - 19 runs in 22 balls (3 fours)

Aahan Gopinath Achar - 3-0-9-2

Nepal U19 won the match by four wickets


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