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Dipendra leads from the front to give Nepal first ever win over India

Nepal registered their first ever victory over Test giants India in any format or age group in cricket history returning with a 19-run win in the ACC U-19 Asia Cup. 
While the senior sides between the two teams have not yet met, Nepal have a 17-year long history with India in the U-19 cricket having first met them in 2000 U-19 World Cup. Nepal have lost all their five previous matches against India — three in U-19 Asia Cup and two in U-19 World Cup. 
The win kept Nepal alive in the hunt for semi-finals and will now meet Malaysia in their final Group ‘A’ game on Tuesday. India, Nepal and Bangladesh have one victory each but the former lead the table on net run rate. 
Bangladesh, who narrowly defeated Nepal in the first game on Friday, are yet to play two more matches.
Skipper Dipendra Singh Airee led from the front with an allround performance as the captain made the bulk of runs and picked up four wickets to seal the victory for the team.
Dipendra made a sublime 88 to lift the team to 185-8 from 50 overs before his offspin bundled out India for just 166 runs in 18.1 overs.
The Indian chase got off to flyer when their skipper Himanshu Rana smashed Nepali bowlers and shared 65 runs for the first wicket with Manjot Kalra. Rana, who hit Kishor Mahato for three consecutive boundaries in a single over, was bowled by Kamal Singh Airee. 
The Indian captain made 46 off 38 with seven boundaries and a six. With a good run rate, it just needed India to stay calm at the crease and they did until Dipendra came in the 39th over to pick up three wickets in his three consecutive overs to shift the momentum towards Nepal. 
At 154-6, Dipendra got rid of a dangerous looking Abhishek Sharma taking a return catch and then removed Mandeep Singh (duck) and Shiva Singh (nine) reducing India to 157-9 in 43.1 overs. Dipendra had begun his bowling with the dismissal of No 3 batsman Atharva Taide (13). 
Dipendra returned the figures of 4-39 from 10 overs. Another spinner Pawan Sarraf played a key role in stemming the run flow and marked the memorable day with prized scalp of opener Karla who made 35 off 69 with three boundaries. 
Sarraf also picked up the wicket of Anuj Rawat (18) and his miserly bowling figures read 10-1-24-2. Shahab Alam (2-11) and Sandeep Lamichhane (1-30) shared three wickets between them. 
Earlier, Nepal had a sluggish start and lost their in-form opener Aasif Sheikh (three) and Anil Sah (six) with 28 runs in the board from 9.5 overs. Another opener Jitendra Singh Thakuri and Dipendra shared 49-run partnership but Nepal’s run rate still stayed at three runs an over. 
Jitendra was out for 36 having faced 95 deliveries to hit two boundaries. Nepal then lost Rohit Kumar Paudel (six) and except for Bhim Sharki (15) who hit two fours and a six, it was only Dipendra who continued play with the grit. 
Dipendra was out in the 49th over after hitting six boundaries and two sixes. Sandeep Lamichhane (nine) and Kishor Mahato (seven) pushed Nepal to 185. Aditya Thakare and Abhishek Sharma picked up two wickets each for India. 
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