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Batsmen make merry as Nepal crush Myanmar by 337 runs

Nepal batsmen made merry at the pitch against a clueless Myanmar bowling to notch up a mammoth 350 runs for their biggest team total in U-16 cricket history as the team entered the semi-finals as Group ‘A’ winners in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Friday.

Electing to bat first, Nepal had their skipper Rit Gautam striking an unbeaten half century while two other batsmen completed half centuries guiding the team to 350-6 in 35 overs. Myamar were then bowled out for a tournament-low 13 runs in just 11.3 overs after Mekh Bahadur Sen Thapa and Narayan Joshi picked up four wickets each.

Thursday’s victory margin of 337 runs is Nepal’s second biggest in any form of cricket. Nepal had crushed Maldives by 344 runs in the 2003 Youth Asia Cup. Rit also brought Nepal’s first ever century in U-16 cricket eclipsing Dipendra Chand’s 75 against Bahrain in the 2016 ACC U-16 Elite Cup.

It was not the first time that Myanmar, probably one of the lowest ranked team in the world, were all out for a paltry run. Their senior team was all out for just 10 runs in the 2006 ACC Trophy in a match that Nepal won with 298 balls to spare.  

Seven of Myamar batsmen failed to open their account, while No 10 batsman Hein Htet Aung top scored with three runs from 18 balls. Hila Htway survived 20 deliveries to remain unbeaten on one run. Myanmar managed to cross double figures after Nepal bowled seven extra runs.

Bishal Bikram KC also picked up a wicket for Nepal. Narayan has so far picked up 10 wickets from three matches in the tournament. Nepal will meet Malaysia in the semi-final on Saturdayat the Terdthai Cricket Ground.

The day was all about Nepal’s batting as they began with a 54-run opening wicket partnership between Kushal Malla and new man Subodh Ayer in 5.3 overs. Subodh was tested for the first time in the tournament and made 17 from 22 balls with one boundary.

Kushal hit three sixes and as many boundaries in his 23-ball 36. After Subodh’s dismissal, Rit joined the crease with Bishal Bikram KC and the pair put on 69 runs for the third wicket. Bishal made 42 from 32 deliveries with seven boundaries.

Rit was then joined by Nepal’s most consistent batsman of the tournament Trit Raj Das who did the bulk of scoring in the 99-run partnership between them. Trit smashed 64 from just 29 balls with seven boundaries and three sixes.

The 235-3 became 238-6 for Nepal after they lost Trit, Narayan (duck) and Amit Kumar Yadav (naught) in quick succession. But Rit continued to dominate Myanmar bowling and together with Pratish GC shared an unbroken 112-run stand for the seventh wicket with Pratish GC.

Pratish made a quickfire 63 from 31 balls with 10 boundaries and a six. Man-of-the-match Gautam faced 78 deliveries for his 106 not out and hit 12 fours. Aung picked up 3-70 from seven overs for Myanmar.

Brief score

Nepal U16 – 350 for 6 in 35 overs

Rit Gautam – 106 runs in 78 balls (12 fours)

Trit Raj Das – 64 runs in 29 balls (7 fours and 3 sixes)

Pratis GC – 63 runs in 31 balls (10 fours and 1 four)

Hein Htet Aung – 7-0-70-3

Myanamar U16 – 13 for 9 in 11.3 (one player was retired out)

Hein Htet Aung – 3 runs in 18 balls

Narayan Joshi – 3-2-1-4

Mekh Bahadur Sen – 3-0-4-4

Nepal U16 won the match by 337runs

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