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Nepal out from ACC U-19 Asia Cup

Oct 01, 2018 | CN Staff |

Nepal were knocked out from the group stage of the ACC U-19 Asia Cup after a narrow three-wicket defeat to Afghanistan in their second Group 'A' match in Bangladesh on Monday. 

Electing to bat first at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan grounds, Nepal gave a below-par batting performance to get bundled out for just 131 runs in 38.3 overs. The bowlers, particularly Surya Tamang, did manage to reduce the Afghans to 115-7 at one stage but the defending champions hung on to earn their second consecutive victory. 

India and Afghanistan have two victories each to their name and reached the last four with one matches left. Nepal, who had gone down to India by 171 runs in their first match, will now take on the United Arab Emirates in a dead rubber.

Opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ijaz (16) steadied the ship for Afghanistan with a 45-run partnership for the second wicket. Nepal remained in the game striking at regular intervals but a below-par target meant Afghanistan anyhow would claw their way back in the game. 

Azmatullah Omarzai and Arif Khan made 23 runs each for Afghanistan. Surya Tamang returned the figures of 4-36 from 8.3 overs for Nepal. Rashid Khan, Pawan Sarraf and Sagar Dhakal also picked up a wicket each. 

Earlier, four quick wickets from Azmatullah Omarzai reduced Nepal to 21-4 inside 11 overs. Rit Gautam (10) and Ravi Shah (two) managed to open their accounts, while Pawan and Sandeep Zora were out for duck. 

Skipper Aasif Sheikh (20) and Rohit Kumar Paudel then added 53 runs for the fifth wicket before the former lost his wicket. Nepal were 81-7 but fireworks from Rashid helped them cross triple figures. 

Rashid, who added 38 runs for the eighth wicket with Rohit made 30 off 25 with five fours and a six. Rohit top scored for Nepal with an 88-ball 46 with seven hits to the fence. 


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