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Nepal dominate UAE to prove a point

Sep 10, 2019 | CN Staff |

Nepal avenged their stinging one-run D/L defeat to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the U-19 World Cup Qualifier Asia by crushing the same opponents by 160 runs to sign off from the ACC U-19 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

After a six-wicket wicket loss against the Bangladesh where Nepal put on 261 runs on board – one of the best scores against a Test playing side – and taking the game to the last over, the U-19 Asia Cup outing has at least put some ointment in the Nepali squad that failed to qualify for next year's U-19 World Cup in South Africa.

Following a five-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in the tournament opener, Nepal had already salvaged some pride with a good batting performance only to get undone by a professional chase from the Bangladeshis in the second game. Tuesday was an opportunity to leave that U-19 World Cup no-show disappointment behind.

Although only a semi-final spot in the Asia Cup would have partially made up for not being able to qualify for the World Cup, the dominating performance against the same UAE side has at least helped in making a point that the qualifier was just a tournament to forget.

On Tuesday, Nepal had a torrid start when in-form opener Rit Gautam fell for a first-ball duck and Pawan Sarraf also failed to open the account with just eight runs on the board.

Aasif Sheikh finally got some runs while stemming the rot with a 71-run third wicket partnership with skipper Rohit Kumar Paudel. Aasif made 45 off 53 with eight boundaries. Man-of-the-match Rohit continued to build the innings with another 85-run stand for the fourth wicket with Sundeep Jora.

Rohit fell for an 84-ball 67 hitting nine boundaries and a six. Jora made 48 from 53 balls with six hits to the fence. Nepal's pinch hitters Rashid Khan and Kamal Singh Airee did the rest when the two added 70 runs for the seventh wicket.

Rashid made a run-a-ball 44 with five fours and a six and Kamal played a cameo of 25-ball 41 hitting five boundaries and two sixes. Aaksha Tahir and Sanchit Sharma took three wickets each for UAE.

Kamal and Rashid both kept the UAE top order in check and the spinners did the rest by taking seven wickets between them. Sagar Dhakal took 3-20 from seven overs, while Pawan, Surya Tamang and Rashid took two wickets apiece.


Match Summary

Nepal: 285-9 in 50 overs (Rohit Kumar Paudel 67, Sundeep Jora 48, Aasif Sheikh 45, Rashid Khan 44, Kamal Singh Airee 41; Sanchit Sharma 3-26, Akasha Tahir 3-62, Palaniapan Meiyappan 2-67)

United Arab Emirates: Vritiya Anand 28, Alishan Sarafu 21; Sagar Dhakal 3-20, Surya Tamang 2-18, Pawan Sarraf 2-26, Rashid Khan 2-28)

Nepal won by 160 runs  


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