An ill-prepared Nepal U-16 team continued to impress in Malaysia defeating Singapore by 49 runs in the ACC U-16 Premier League in KualaLumpur on Friday.
Nepal had left for Malaysia with a haphazard preparation and the team was expected not to do well there but a different scene as rolled in front. After a crushing 10-wicket victory over Thailand in their opener on Thursday, Nepal swept aside Singapore by 49 runs with an all round display at the Kinrara Oval grounds.
After being put in to bat first, Nepal needed a captain innings from Sumit Maharjan who combined for a defiant half century stand with Pranit Thapa leading the team to 143-8 in 40 overs. Spinners Pawan Sharraf and Jitendra Singh did the rest as Singapore were 94 all out in 35.2 overs.
The result saw Nepal firmly lead the league with six points from two matches with Malaysia and Bahrain up next with four points. Both teams has their opening round encounter washed out due to rain for a share of spoils.
Nepal were heading towards a terrible collapse after Singapore got the upper hand reducing their opponents to 13-4 in no time. Sumit and Pranit then shared 78-run stand for the fifth wicket lifting the team before the tail wagged to reach 143-8.
Sumit made 41 from 73 deliveries with six boundaries and Pranit’s 48-ball innings included five hits to the fence. Aryaman Uchil picked up 3-19 for Singapore.
The one-time ACC U-16 Elite champions Singapore had a perfect reply with openers Rohan Rangarajan and Rahil Dharmesh sharing 33 runs. However, once Pawan opened the floodgates, there was no turning back for Nepal.
Man-of-the-match Pawan picked up 4-12 and Jitendra returned with 3-15. Jitendra had also taken 5-3 against Thailand on Thursday. Aryaman was the top scorer for Singapore making 23 runs and was the last man out.
In other matches, Malaysia eased past Oman by five wickets at the Selangor Turf Club and Bahrain saw off Thailand by seven wickets at the Royal Selangor Club. Nepal will meet Oman in their third match on Sunday.