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Nepal left with an improbable task of turning fortunes

Nepal were left with an improbable task of turning around their
fortunes in the ICC U-19 World Cup Division 1 Asia Qualifier crashing to a
massive 141-run defeat to Afghanistan in Singapore 
on
Thursday
.

After two hard-fought victories against Singapore and Malaysia,
Nepal needed to defeat Afghanistan to gain an edge over their South Asian arch rivals,
but another poor batting display has put them on a course of being knocked out
from the 2018 U-19 World Cup contention.

Nepal now must win all their second round matches with huge
victories but with a batting that is yet to impress, it looks improbable for
them.

Skipper
and fast bowler Naveen-UL-Haq was the chief tormentor in Nepal’s chase after
they restricted the Afghans to 190 all out in 49.4 overs. Naveen picked up four
wickets in a burst of the opening spell including a hat-trick as Nepal were
bundled out for 49 runs in 26 overs.

 After
off spinner Mujeeb Zadra got rid of the openers Aasif Sheikh (six) and Sandeep
Sunar (two), Naveen came in the eighth over picking up the wickets of Dipendra
Singh Airee (four), Pranit Thapa Magar (duck) and Anil Sah (duck) in successive
balls to throw Nepal out of the contest.

He
returned again in the 10th over to remove Aadil Khan as it was
all left in saving the blushes of the Nepali side. Pawan Sarraf put some fight
making a 52-ball 26 with four boundaries becoming Nepal’s only bowler to make
runs in double figures.

Man-of-the-match
Naveen took 4-8 from four overs and Zadran snared 4-7 from nine overs with an
economy rate of 0.77. Four Nepali batsmen failed to open their account.

Earlier,
Naveed Obaid and Ibrahim Zadran gave Afghanistan a perfect start with a 75-run
partnership for the first wicket. Nepali bowlers managed to contain the Afghans
after that stand but they managed to reach close to 200.

Ibrahim top scored with a 41-ball 43 and Obain scored 33 from 56
balls. Tariq Stankizai chipped in 27 off 57. Shahab Alam took 3-46 from 10
overs, while Sandeep Lamichhane (2-30) and Pawan (2-19) were also amongst the
wickets.

 

Nepal
U19 VS Afghanistan U19

Afghanistan
U19 – 190 for 10 in 49.4 overs

Ibrahim
Zadran – 43 runs in 41 balls

Naveed
Obaid – 33 runs in 56 balls

Shahab
Alam – 10-0-46-3

Pawan
Sarraf – 7-2-19-2

Sandeep
Lamichhane – 9.4-2-30-2

 

Nepal
U19 – 49 all out in 26 overs

Pawan
Sarraf – 26 runs in 52 balls

Mujeeb
Zadran – 9-5-7-4

Naveen-ul-Haq
– 4-1-8-4

Afghanistan
U19 won the match by 141 runs

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