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Nepal keep fingers cross after drubbing Malaysia

Apr 15, 2019 | CN Staff |

Nepal will be keeping their fingers crossed after crushing Malaysia by eight wickets on Monday for a victory which might not be enough in their bid to make their eighth U-19 World Cup appearance. 

Already shell-shocked by an unfortunate one-run Duckworth/Lewis defeat to the United Arab Emirates in the Asia Qualifier on Saturday, winning last two matches against Oman and Kuwait might not suffice.


The Emiratis have taken a huge stride towards next year's World Cup in South Africa scripting six matches from three win in a row. A side that is batting very deep and have crushed Kuwait by seven wickets after skittling them out for just 56 runs on Monday, it looks unlikely for Oman and Singapore to topple them. But Nepal will still pray.


Nepal played like the real champions of the tournament against the Malaysians who had notched up 206 runs against the UAE. But against Nepal, their inning shut down at 92 in just 33.5 overs. They scampered to victory in just 13 overs with all top three batsmen firing.


After Kamal Singh Airee opened the floodgates for Nepal picking up first two wickets with just 12 runs on the board, it was spin duo of Kushal Malla and Pawan Sarraf who did the job. The only bright spot for Malaysia was a 36-run third wicket stand between Iezzat Daniel Fiqry and skipper Muhammad Amir (13).


Once Pawan bowled Amir, the innings began to crumble as reaching triple figures was the real task for Malaysia and they duly failed. Man-of-the-match Pawan, who would later go on to make 19 off 14 with two fours and a six, was unplayable and returned the figures of 3-13 from 8.3 overs.


Kushal took 3-20 from eight as Fiqry was the only batsman to keep Nepali bowlers at bay making 37 off 55 with three fours and a six. Hakim Harisan (10) was next to reach double figures.


Rit Gautam and Pawan gave a decent start to Nepal adding 42 runs for the first wicket. After Pawan's departure, Aasif Sheikh came in and together with Rit added 46 runs doing the bulk of the scoring.


Aasif made 26 off 18 with three fours and a six. Rit was unbeaten on 39 off 45 with five hits to the fence. Skipper Rohit Kumar Paudel sealed the victory with a six.


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