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India leave Nepal clueless

Nepal lost their second consecutive match against India going down by nine wickets and crashed out of the ACC U-19 Asia Cup at the ICC Academy Oval 1 in Dubai on Sunday.


After spinner Kuldeep Singh Yadav picked up five wickets, Nepal were bundled out for their tournament-low 136 in 44.3 overs.


Openers Akhil Herwadkar and Vijay Jol then ran riot over Nepali bowlers with a century stand as India reached 140-1 in just 25.1 overs. Akhil was particularly aggressive making 71 off 67 balls with a six and eight boundaries.


When skipper Bhuwan Karki dismissed Herwadkar in the 25th over, the match was already out of Nepal’s hands.


Zol remained unbeaten on 61 from 82 balls and smashed nine boundaries along with a six. Shreys Iyer (five not out) hit the winning boundaries of Lalit Singh Bhandari in the 25th over.


Earlier, Kuldeep left Nepali top and middle order out of clue reducing them to 61-5 in 22.5 overs.


Openers Amit Shreshta (two) and Sunil Dhamala failed to repeat their performance against Pakistan when they had given 76-run stand for the opening wicket and lost their wickets cheaply.


Sunil made 16 off 35 with three boundaries losing his wicket to Yadav who then broke the back bone of Nepali batting removing Raju Rijal (five), Siddhant Lohani (zero) and Bhuwan Karki (naught).


No 3 Bibhatsu Thapa and Arif Sheikh rescued Nepal from a verge of collapse with a 67-run stand for the sixth wicket.


Nepal were going well with two set batsmen at the centre and after skipper Zol introduced Yadav for his second spell, Nepal’s collapse resumed as they lost their last five wickets for just 12 runs.


Bibhatsu was first to go stumped by Ankush Bains off the ball of Yadav. Bibhatsu made 47 off 105 with four boundaries and Arif made 40 off 62 with five hits to the fence.


Karan Kaila and Sarfaraz Khana also took two wickets each for India.


Nepal will play against the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday in Sharjah.

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