Nepal U19 was outraged by a huge 110 runs against test playing
nation Pakistan U19 in their first official warm-up match held at Bangladesh
Krira Shikkha Protisthan Ground, Savor ahead of ICC Under 19 World Cup on
Pakistan made a huge target of 291 for 7 in their 50 overs with
the help of half centuries from Captain and opening batsman Zeeshan Malik and
wicket-keeper batsman Umair Maqsood. Nepal was then restricted in 181 for 9 in
their 50 overs match.
Dipendra Airee who was highest run scorer for Nepal played some
good shots and smashed 42 runs from 40 balls. Nepal were reduced to 40 for 4
inside 12 overs after Saif Ali and Sameen Gul picked up two wickets apiece.
Ishan Pandey who made 20 runs in 25 balls with three fours was
the leading scorer from the top order. Sunil Dhamala and Yogendra Karki each
making eight runs while Shankar Rana one runs were out cheaply.
Skipper Raju Rija and his deputy Aarif Sheikh tried to put some
runs on the board with 56 runs partnership for fifth wicket. Raju and Aarif
took team from 4 for 40 in 11.2 overs to 5 for 96 in 27.1 overs. Raju was out
making 28 runs from 62 balls with five boundaries.
Aarif then shared another 29 partnership with with Rajbir Singh
who made 10 runs. Aarif was the man to return back to pavilion after Raju
making 35 runs from 62 balls with four fours.
Nepal were reduced to 138 for 8 in 42 overs after Prem Tamang
was out for duck.
Then it was the show of Dipendra Airee who played some confident
shots to take Nepal towards a decent total of 181 for 9 in 50 overs with three
sixes and three fours. Dipendra also shared 42 runs partnership for 9th
wicket with Kushal Bhurterl. Kushal who remained not out making 14 runs hit one
Apart from Gul and Ali, Shadab Khan and Arsal Sheikh also picked
up two wickets each for Pakistan.
Earlier, Pakistan had a strong start after Malik and Mohammad
Umar (31) added 79 runs for the first wicket. Malik was out in the 25th over
to leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane for 83 off 85 with 12 boundaries and two
sixes. After the dismissal of Malik, Nepal managed to reduce Pakistan to 184-5
in 38 overs before Masood and Hasan Mohsin began to cut loose.
The two batsmen added 74-run partnership for the sixth wicket
and though Mohsin was out for 37, Masood played some blazing drives pushing the
team close to 300. Masood hammered 59 off 36 with seven fours and two sixes.
Lamichhane picked up 3-76 from 10 overs, while Sushil Kandel had miserly
figures of 2-47 from 10. Tamang had 2-57 from his 10.
Nepal, who begin their Group ‘D’ campaign with the match against
New Zealand on January 28, will now play Sri Lanka in their second warm-up
game on Monday. India and Ireland are other two teams in Group ‘D’.