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Nepal enter Eastern Region final with another easy victory

Jul 08, 2019 | CN Staff |

Nepal entered the final of the ACC U-19 Eastern Region Tournament with an easy seven-wicket win over hosts Malaysia on Monday.

In the final, which will also send the winners into the ACC U-19 Asia Cup, Nepal will take on Hong Kong who overcame Singapore by 51 runs under Duckworth/Lewis Method in the other semi-final.


Electing to field first, left arm spinners Sagar Dhakal and Kushal Malla picked up five wickets between them conceding just 29 runs in their collective 19 overs to bundle out Malaysia for 87 in 40.5 overs. Nepal did lose three wickets in a flash before an unbeaten 60-run partnership between skipper Rohit Kumar Paudel and Bhim Sharki guided them to 90-3 in just 15.5 overs.


Pawan Sarraf once again played briskly scoring a 16-ball 18 with two sixes and a four before losing his wicket to Mohammad Khair. Nepal then lost Pawan, Saturday's centurion Rit Gautam (three) and Khadka Bahadur Bohora before Rohit and Bhim eased the chase.


Rohit made a 29-ball 31 and Bhim scored 33 off 34 with both batsmen hitting two boundaries and a six each.


Nepal had drawn the first blood through seamer Kamal Singh Airee before spinners ruled the show. Wan Amirul Zulkarnain (11) and Muhammad Amir managed to bring Malaysia's biggest partnership of 36 runs for the second wicket but Kushal's dismissal of the latter triggered the collapse.


Man-of-the-match Sagar returned the figures of 3-16 from 10 overs and Kushal snared 2-13 from nine. Nepal bowled 15 maiden overs in the match with Kushal alone keeping five. Tilak Raj Bhandari and Rashid Khan also took a wicket each for Nepal.


Amir top scored for Malaysia with a 32-ball 24 hitting three boundaries. Khair (12) and Ahmad Akmal Alif (10) were other batsmen to reach double figures. The 18 extra runs Nepal conceded was Malaysia's second best contributor in the game. 


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