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Nepal claim ACC U-16 title to end drought

Nepal took a sweet revenge over Malaysia to claim the ACC U-16 Premier League title sweeping all age group tournaments organized by the Asian Cricket Council.


The four-time ACC U-19 Elite champions Nepal have also won U-17 and U-15 titles in the past. The win helped Nepal end a five-year drought of age group title suggesting they are back to get the stranglehold over the biennial age group ACC tournaments.


Nepal made 161-9 in 40 overs where they needed a gritty 44 from Pawan Sharraf to get a lift in their innings. Malaysia batsmen in reply lacked communication in running between wickets with four run outs helping Nepal bundled the hosts out for just 129 runs by the 36th over.


Malaysia were cruising along when at one stage they were 93-5 but after left arm medium pace bowler, Rijan Dhakal got rid of their top scorer F Haris for 33 runs, their fight virtually came to an end. Pawan was man-of-the-match for Nepal for picking up two wickets.


Earlier, Nepal had a slow start when they could add only 56 runs in the first 20 overs but after Pawan got his act going, they collected 105 runs from the last 20. Pawan smashed 44 off 26 with two sixes and four boundaries. Rabi Chand chipped in an invaluable 34 for the champions.


Pawan was man-of-the-match for lifting Nepali innings from dire straits. He shared 56 runs for seventh wicket with Jitendra Singh who made 13 runs.Singh also picked up two wickets for Nepal.


Rabindra Jung Shahi chipped in an invaluable 34 for the champions.


ACC U-16 Premier 2014


Winners: Nepal


Most Promising Player: Anil Kharel (Nepal)


Bowler of the Tournament: Jitendra Singh (Nepal)


Batsman of the Tournament: Virandeep Singh (Malaysia)


Player of the Tournament: Virandeep Singh (Malaysia)

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