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Flurry of wickets give Nepal a reality check

Nepal were given a reality
check after they struggled in chase of a paltry 74 runs against Singapore in a
scratchy four-wicket win over the hosts in their opening game of the ICC U-19
World Cup Division 1 Asia Qualifier.

Buoyed by their recent batting
performances in the final preparation camp in Greater Noida, Nepal were
sniffing an easy victory after leg spinner and captain Sandeep Lamichhane took
five wickets to demolish Singapore as the hosts made just 73 all out in 29
overs.

But what unfolded in front of
coach Binod Das was a cruel reminder of how the game has switched on to a
different mode in Singapore. Confident of the experience opening pair of
Sandeep Sunar and Aasif Sheikh, Nepal kept losing wickets although runs kept on
coming. But in the process, they lost six wickets to reach 77 runs in 17.3
overs.

With mighty Afghanistan to
tackle for two games, Nepali team has been left with still a lot to do with
their opener requiring to deliver. The biggest concern would be the form of
Aasif who has not been able to score ever since the Nepali team left for India.

 Aasif has the highest
score of 28 runs in the last six games where he has scored just 58 runs in
total. Coach Binod has kept his faith in Aasif, who had shot to fame with a
sizzling century in the domestic Twenty20 competition in the final, but Nepal’s
batting performance will much depend on how he fares.

 Although one single game
cannot bring everything into a conclusion, Nepal’s batting could once again be
the key to determine the team’s fate in Singapore. Binod has said that the
pitch at the Singapore Cricket Club was difficult to bat on and that would
leave the batting department to get a bit cautious. 

Brief score :-

Nepal
U19 VS Singapore U19

Toss
:- Nepal U19 won the toss and elected to bowl first

Singapore
U19 – 73/all out in 29 overs

Brigu
Iyer – 42 runs in 39 balls (6 fours and 1 six)

Sandeep
Lamichhane – 8-2-21-5

Shahab
Alam – 6-1-12-3

Kishore
Mahato – 6-3-25-2

 

Nepal
U19 – 77 /6 in 17.3 overs

Pranit
Thapa Magar – 23 runs in 26 balls (3 fours)

Anil
Kumar Sah – 19 runs in 22 balls (3 fours)

Aahan
Gopinath Achar – 3-0-9-2

Nepal U19 won the match by four wickets

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