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Rohit, Rashid, Sandeep star in Nepal victory

Oct 02, 2018 | CN Staff |

Rohit Kumar Paudel used all his experience and Rashid Khan came up with a crucial cameo to beat the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by three wickets in their last Group ‘A’ match of the ACC U-19 Asia Cup in Bangladesh on Tuesday.

Already out from the semi-final contention after back-to-back defeats against India and Afghanistan, the dead rubber at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan grounds gave Nepal an opportunity to salvage some pride. But their bid to earn solace initially looked bleak after UAE rode on a solid century opening wicket partnership to make 268-8 in 50 overs.

Nepal lost their openers Trit Raj Das (two) and Rit Gautam (18) early in the game but the middle order led by skipper Aasif Sheikh negotiated with the target professionally before reaching 274-7 in 49.1 overs.

Aasif shared 30 runs for the second wicket with Rit and from 45-2, he took Nepal across triple figures sharing 59 runs for the third wicket with Sandeep Zora. Aasif made 35 off 46 with three boundaries.

Zora then added 49 runs for the fourth wicket with Rohit and was dismissed after making 67 off 74 with six fours and two sixes. Rohit anchored the innings and did majority of scoring in his 45-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Pawan Sarraf. Nepal soon lost Arun Airee to be 214-6 but Rohit and Rashid built on a 53-run seventh wicket stand to lead Nepal to victory.

Rohit made 91 from 88 balls with six boundaries and three sixes. Rashid, who sealed the victory with a six, scored a 14-ball 27 hitting three maximums. Aaron Benjamin and Aryan Lakra took two wickets each for the UAE.

Earlier, openers Fahad Nawaz and Ansh Tandon flayed the Nepali bowlers with a 159-run opening wicket partnership. It was only after Nandan Yadav’s twin dismissal, Nepal breathed sigh of relief getting rid of both the openers.

Nawaz made 83 off 95 with five fours and three sixes, while Tandon chipped in 63 from 81 deliveries with eight boundaries and a hit over the fence. Nandan, Rashid and Pawan took two wickets each for Nepal.

    


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