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Nepali batsmen replicate Andhra Pradesh practice to thump Singapore

Apr 12, 2019 | CN Staff |

Nepali U-19 team's batting in their recent tour of Andhra Pradesh had revolved around skipper Rohit Kumar Paudel, Pawan Sarraf, Kamal Singh Airee, Rashid Khan and Sundeep Jora as the five batsmen had made a bulk of runs in a 4-2 victory over Andhra Pradesh team.

The practice tour of Andhra Pradesh was to fine tune the colts for the ICC U-19 World Cup Asia Qualifier and Nepal's first match in a 217-run humbling of Singapore in Malaysia was continuation what the five players had done in the preceding tour.

Put in to bat first under morning conditions at the Selangor Turf Club, Nepal suffered early jolt when they lost opener Rit Gautam (one) and Aasif Sheikh (eight) with just 18 runs on the board. Rohit stepped in and together with Pawan shared 90 runs to lay the foundation for their 282 all out in 46 overs.

While Rohit played with his usual grit once taking to the crease, Pawan switched the gears and smacked two sixes before losing his wicket in the 19th over but by then Nepal had already crossed triple figures. Nepal were unlucky to lose Jora for a duck but Bhim Sharki made the sure the run rate kept climbing hitting some crispy boundaries.

In a 36-run stand with Rohit, Bhim made 26 alone striking four boundaries and a six. Next to go was Kushal Malla (10) but the real show came from Kamal and Rashid who began from where they had left in Andhra Pradesh.

Rashid initially played sensibly in his 77-run partnership with Rohit, before hammering Singapore bowlers. He struck four boundaries and two sixes in a 47-ball 48. Rohit at the other end played role of an anchor as he watches Kamal strike three sixes and a four in his 18-ball 31.

Rohit was unlucky not to make a century but his contributions were crucial enough in handing Nepal a big victory. Rohit, the eighth man to fall for Nepal, scored 95 off 105 with seven fours and a six.

It was a dominating batting display for Nepal before the bowlers came and wreaked havoc squeezing out Singapore for just 65 in 31 overs. In a bowling rehearsal before the crucial match against the UAE, man-of-the-match Pawan had a final laugh picking up three wickets in his six miserly overs that included five maiden and a tight five runs.

The spinners dominated the show with the ball as Kushal and Surya Tamang also took two wickets apiece. Nepal will be itching to carry the momentum, both with the bat and ball, when they play UAE on Saturday.


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