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Nepal enter U-19 World Cup Qualifiers final

Nepal entered the final of the ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifiers riding on a
five-wicket haul from Prem Tamag and a half century from Yogendra Karki for
their third straight victory.

After registering
crushing victories against Papua New Guinea (nine wickets) and Uganda (171
runs), Nepal eased to a six-wicket victory over the United States of America to
sail into the final with one match against their Ireland, whom they also meet
in the final, still remaining.

 

Ireland, who hammered
Uganda by 158 runs in another match of the day, and Nepal are tied on six
points each from three matches with the latter leading the table on better run
rate.

 

Electing to field
first, Nepali bowlers once again ran riot over their opponents bundling USA out
for just 109 runs in 46 overs after the match had to be reduced to 48 overs a
side due to haze. Yogendra replied with a power packed half century leading
Nepal to 114-4 in 17.5 overs.

 

Nepal had a shaky
start losing Shankar Rana, who came to open replacing Sandeep Sunar, for 12
with 20 runs on the board. Yogendra steadied the innings with a 39-run stand
for the second wicket Sunil Dhamala who made 17 off 24 with two boundaries.

Nepal lost Sunil,
Dipendra Airee (five) and skipper Raju Rijal (six) in quick sessions to get
reduced to 73-4 in 13 overs before Yogendra and Saurav Khanal sailed the team
home with some aggressive cricket.

 

Yogendra, who
completed his half century with a boundary, remained unbeaten on 53 from 46
with 11 fours. Saurav chipped in 16 off 12 with two fours and a six that sealed
them the victory.

 

Earlier, opener Sagar
Patel was the lone fighter for US who fell as the eighth wicket to Prem after
making 44 off 105 balls with three fours and a six. Tohidul Islam (14) and
Gaurav Patanker (11) were others to make runs in double figures.

 

Man-of-the-match Prem
finished with the figures of 5-31 from nine overs, while Aarif Sheikh continued
to impress with the ball taking 2-9 from 10 overs with four maiden overs. Sushil
Kandel and Dipendra also picked up a wicket each for Nepal.

 

Nepal
will play Ireland in their last league match on Wednesday before taking the
same side for a spot in the 2016 World Cup on October 22.

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