spinner Sushil Kandel produced a nine-over maiden magic but Nepal were
once again confined to the second spot in the ACC U-19 Premier in Kelab
Aman in Kuala Lumpur despite crushing Saudi Arabia by nine wickets in
their last game.
eight points from five games, Nepal finished runners-up to champions
Afghanistan who once again successfully defended their title for the
third time in a row winning all of their five round robin league matches.
Afghanistan rubber stamped
their authority in the regional age group cricket winning the title for
the fourth consecutive time. The Afghans, who had hammered their closest
contenders Nepal by 10 wickets, emulated Nepal’s record of claiming
fourth consecutive title.
Malaysia, who lost to the
Afghans by seven wickets in the final day, ended up third with six
points, while UAE (four), Kuwait (two) and win less Saudi Arabia ended up
fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. More than the thumping victory
over the Saudis, Sushil’s magical performance was the headline of the
day. Sushil delivered 55 consecutive dot balls before he was hit for 12
runs in the final over before the Saudi innings was folded for 55 in
33.2 overs. No 11 batsman Zain (11) hit Sushil for a four and a six
before he was removed by Prem Tamang. Opener Faisal Khan was the other
Saudi batsman to play with some aggression making 19 off 14 with two
fours and a six.
Sushil ended up with the
figures of 4-12 from 10 overs, while Sunil Dhamala took 2-3 from six
overs and Prem had 2-9 from 4.2 overs. With a paltry total to chase, it
was a casual walk in the park for Nepal who replied with 56-1 in nine
overs. Sunil smashed three fours and two sixes in his 20-ball 34 not out
sharing 33 runs for the first wicket
with Shankar Rana (four). Skipper Raju Rijal was unbeaten on 14 off 20
with two hits to the fence.