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Nepal miss out, lose to Bangladesh by six wickets

Sep 08, 2019 | CN Staff |

Nepal missed out on rewriting history losing to Bangladesh by six wickets in the ACC U-19 Asia Cup after a defining 130-run unbeaten partnership between Akbar Ali and Shamim Hossain broke their hearts.

Put in to bat first, a patient innings from Pawan Sarraf and whirlwind half century from Sundeep Jora lifted Nepal to 261-8 in 50 overs. Medium pacers Rashid Khan and Kamal Singh Airee reduced Bangladesh to 19-2 inside five overs but from there on Bangladesh perfectly rebuilt their innings in a professional negotiation of the target to reach 262-4 with four balls to spare.

The Bangladeshi chase will be a huge learning curve for the Nepali colts as the junior Tigers hardly buckled under pressure despite taking the game to the last over.

Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Towhid Hridoy began the resurrection with a 70-run third wicket partnership. Joy made 40 off 56 balls hitting three boundaries and handed a return catch to Hari Bahadur Chauhan. Hridoy added another 34 runs with Ali before handing a catch to Jora off Kamal.

His 88-ball 60 included three boundaries. Hridoy's departure reduced Bangladesh to 132-4 and opened up a chance for Nepal to claw their way back into the game but Ali and Hossain had other ideas.

The two batsmen kept Nepali bowlers at bay on their way to a match-winning partnership. Ali was unbeaten on 98 off 82 balls hitting 14 boundaries and Hossain chipped in 42 off 45 with four hits to the fence.

Earlier, Rit Gautam and Pawan began catiously for Nepal adding 45 runs for the first wicket. Rit, who struck a half century against Sri Lanka on Friday, made 32 off 53 with three boundaries and a six. The scores soon read 54-2 after Aasif Sheikh (three) fell cheaply.

Kushal Malla played grittily hitting three sixes and a boundary in his 33-ball 28 before falling to Hridoy. Pawan and Rohit Kumar Paudel (14) added 66 runs for the fourth wicket and two batsmen departed in a space of 14 runs with Nepal shaky at 173-5.

Jora provided the much-needed lift scoring 56 from 37 balls with three fours and as many sixes. He shared 71-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Bhim Sharki (21). Pawan made 81 off 109, his innings including eight fours and a six. 


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