Nepal signed off from the ACC Emerging Teams Cup with a resounding seven-wicket
victory over Hong Kong at the Sheikh Kamal InternationalCricket Ground on Thursday.
Electing to field
first, Nepal staged a fightback to restrict Hong Kong to 214 all out in 50
overs before reaching 220-3 in 44.2 overs. Nepal had lost to the U-23 teams of
Pakistan and Bangladesh that saw them crash out of the tournament from group
skipper Gyanendra Malla led the foundation for victory after he began the day
with a 37-run stand with Aasif Sheikh (eight). He added another 44 runs for the
second wicket with Dilip Nath (12) and 34 runs for the third wicket with Dipendra
Singh Airee before losing his wicket in the 27th over.
Gyanendra made a brisk
70 off 82 balls with 11 hits to the fence. Dipendra and Sharad Vesawkar did the
rest as they shared a match-winning 105 run unbroken partnership for the fourth
wicket. Sharad was fluent in his 51-ball 55 that included three sixes and as many
boundaries, while Dipendra slammed his second half century of the tournament
scoring 60 off 83 balls with five fours and a six.
Earlier, it was
Gyanendra who had stemmed the run flow getting rid of Hong Kong’s both set
openers Anshuman Rath and Cameron McAuslan in consecutive overs after the duo
had added 95 runs inside 21 overs. Rath was first to go for 51 off 60 hitting
seven boundaries and McAuslan made 43 off 73 balls with five fours. Spinners
Bhuwan Karki (2-37), Sushan Bhari Shrestha (2-53) and Sandeep Lamichhane (1-29) tightened the screws picking up five wickets between them.
Left arm seamer
Avinash Karn polished off the tail snaring 3-29 from five overs. Waqas Khan was
Hong Kong’s next best scorer with 30 off 65 hitting three boundaries.
From Group ‘B’,
Pakistan and Bangladesh, who played a thrilling draw in their final pool match on thursday had already qualified for the semi-finals.