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Nepal pile up another huge total, crush Kuwait by 262 runs

Nepal’s middle order made merry at the pitch as the four-time champions registered a second consecutive victory – this time against Kuwait – in the ACC U-19 Premier in Kuwait on Monday.


The ICC World Cricket League Division-III champion Aarif Sheikh, Sandip Sunar, Saurav Khanal and Dipendra Airee were amongst the runs as Nepal scored another 300-plus score – 325-7 after they were put to bat first. Spinners once again took control of the game as Kuwait were bundled out for just 63 runs in 27.4 overs.


The crushing victory was still not enough for Nepal to go at the top of the table with Afghanistan coming up with yet another clinical performance in their huge 306-run victory over the UAE. Both teams have four points each from two matches with Afghanistan leading on better run rate.


Tariq Stanizkai made 160 off 119 with 13 sixes and six fours as Afghanistan posted a tournament-high 389-7. UAE were 83 all out in 31.3 overs.


Nepal’s middle order display was the highlight of the day as they lifted the team from 9-3 to build on a huge total. Opener Prem Tamang (five) and Sunil Dhamala (one) were out cheaply while Shankar Rana failed to repeat his Sunday’s performance against Saudi Arabi where he made 89 runs as the No 3 batsman was out for a duck.


It all then came to skipper Raju Rijal and Aarif who held the innings with a 94-run stand for the fourth wicket. Raju – who made 49 against the Saudis – made 31 off 63 hitting two boundaries but his dismissal barely affected Nepal.


Aarif went on to add another 93 runs with Sandip Sunar who cleared his intent after spending some time at the crease. Snadip smashed six boundaries and a six before losing his wicket for 49 off 56 balls.


Aarif close in on his century but lost his wicket in last ball of the 43rd over for 87. His 111-ball innings was studded with six boundaries. The hosts though they might have had their man dismissing Aarif but it was the biggest mistake they had done in the day.


The real action came from Saurav and Dipendra as the duo piled agony on Kuwait collecting 96 runs in just 41 balls. Dipendra was the major tormentor as he hammered Bilal Tahir for a two consecutive boundaries and a six in the first three balls he faced in the innings.


Dipendra quickly raced to 45 from 15 balls but his innings halted and three runs later he ran himself out. Saurav went on to complete his half century of 29 balls and smashed another six and a four in the final over ending up with 64 off 45 balls.


Saurav’s innings included four boundaries and two sixes, while Dipendra smashed four sixes and two fours. Shahrukh Quddus picked up two wickets for Kuwait.


The fine performance from the batsmen was equally backed up by the bowlers as they struck at regular intervals paralyzing Kuwait’s chase. Bassam (15), Bilal Tahir (11) and Faizaan Sadiq (10) were the only Kuwait batsmen to reach double figures.


Dipesh Shrestha, Irshad Ahmed and Sunil Dhamala picked up two wickets each for Nepal with Aarif and Sushil Kandel picking up one each. Sushil conceded just four runs in seven overs keeping three maiden.

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