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Nepal fail to qualify for U-19 World Cup

UAE quash Nepal’s U-19 World Cup ambitions Nepal crashed out of the ACC U-19 Elite semi-finals that ultimately ended their U-19 World Cup ambitions following a 76-run defeat to the United Arab Emirates in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday. 

Nepal reduced UAE to 32-3 after but the 2014 World Cup hosts made a solid recovery with a century from Shorye Chopra to post a huge 271-7 after 50 overs. Nepal, in reply, were bundled out for 195 in 46.1 overs after Dan D’Souza picked up four crucial wickets.

The defeat meant Nepal’s ambition to participate in the U-19 World Cup was dented. Only the winner of the tournament will qualify for the 2014 U-19 World Cup to be held in the UAE. After missing the 2010 World Cup, Nepal will once again be an absentee in the 2014 showpiece.

Nepal had a disastrous start after losing opener Nischal Pandey (naught) in the first over then saw their in-form opener Amit Shrestha (12) in 8.4 overs. Bibhatsu Thapa (three) left the crease soon as Nepal were reduced to 65-3 after 13.4 overs. 

Hari Shankar Shah – who was batting with huge patience – added 46 runs for the fourth wicket with Nirmal Thapa. Hari Shankar was retired hurt after he completed his half century and was batting on 52 that brought wicket-keeper batsman Pawan Shrestha. 

D’Souza then brought UAE back in the match with the dismissals of Nirmal and Hari – who returned from the injury but headed back to the pavilion after the very first ball he faced – in two consecutive deliveries.

Nirmal made 23 off 43 hitting two boundaries, while Hari Shankar top scored for Nepal with his 67-ball 52 including eight hits to the fence.

Pawan (eight) was the next batsman to go off D’Souza. Skipper Bhuwan Karki tried to avoid the humiliation adding 19 runs with Prem Tamang (six) for the seventh wicket before D’Souza removed the latter. 

Bhuwan still kept Nepal in the hunt with a partnership of 33 runs for the eighth wicket with Avinash Karn. The match was all over for Nepal after Bhuwan was dismissed by Justin James for 41 caught by D’Souza.

Bhuwan hit three boundaries and a six. Sushan Bhari (five) and Yagya Man Kumal (four) took no time to lose their wickets as Avinash was left stranded on 19 not out off 31 with two boundaries. D’Souza returned with 4-46 from 10 overs. 

Earlier, Chopra rescued UAE from a slide and together with D’Souza kept Nepali attacks at bay with a superb 171-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Chopra hit 17 boundaries and a six in his 115-ball 114, while D’Souza made 58 off 105 with two boundaries. 

Avinash took three wickets for Nepal taking his tournament tally to 22 from five matches. Bhuwan, Yagya Man, Sushan Bhari and Nischal took one each.

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