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Nepal struggle in another victory over Singapore

Nepal finally crossed triple
figures in the ICC U-19 World Cup Division 1 Qualifier for Asia Region in their
fourth match as the team struggled to a 22-run victory over hosts Singapore on
Friday.

 

Needing a huge-margin victory to
stay alive in the race for the 2018 U-19 World Cup, Nepal crawled to 168 all
out in 46.5 overs. The low total might have not done enough for them and
Singapore were twice in a winning position before Sandeep Lamichhane brought
Nepal back bundling out the hosts for 146 in 46.5 overs.

 

Afghanistan, who registered
their fourth consecutive easy victory crushing Maldives by 10 wickets in
another match of the day, lead the table with eight points. Nepal, on six
points, now need to win their remaining matches against Afghanistan and Malaysia
by a huge margin to have any realistic chance of qualifying for the New Zealand
World Cup.

 

Only the pool winners after the
double round robin league will enter the 2018 U-19 World Cup. Singapore (two
points) and winless Malaysia are third and fourth respectively.

 

Singapore had a decent reply in
the chase as they lost the first wicket for 40 runs and second in 76 that saw
them collapse briefly and get reduced to 94-5 in 33.1 overs. But No 4 batsman
Yuvraj Singh (19) and top scorer Hanshul Deep Singhania put them back in
contention with a 45-run partnership.

 

However, Sandeep struck in the
last ball of 44th over removing Hanshul as Singapore went on to
lose their last five wickets for just seven runs. Hanshul made 32 from 30 balls
with two sixes and a four.

 

Leg spinner Sandeep picked up
4-22 from 10 overs taking his total wicket tally to 16 in the tournament.
Kishor Mahato and Pawan Sarraf also picked up two wickets each for Nepal.

 

Earlier, Nepal’s innings
revolved around Dipendra Singh Airee as he brought of Nepal’s first half
century in the tournament making an 83-ball 54 with two sixes and two
boundaries. He shared 35 runs for the fourth wicket with Sandeep Sunar and 41
runs for the fifth with Rohit Kumar Paudyal (15) to give Nepal a respectable total.

 

Sandeep made 26 from 55 balls
with two fours and a six. Prakash KC hit three boundaries in his 24-ball 23.
Bikram Biswaray picked up 3-29 from 10 overs, while Aryaman Sunil and Aahan
Gopinath picked up two wickets each.

 

Nepal U19 – 168 for 10 in
46.5 overs

Dipendra Singh Airee – 54
runs in 83 balls

Sandeep Sunar – 26 runs in 55
balls

 

Bikram Bir Biswaray – 3 for
29 in 10 overs

Aryaman Sunil Uchil – 2 for
23 in 5 overs

 

Singapore U19 – 146 for 10 in
46.5 overs

Hanshul Deep Singhania – 32
runs in 30 balls

Sidhant – 25 runs in 58 balls

 

Sandeep Lamichhane – 4 for 22
in 10 overs

Kishore Mahato – 2 for 23 in
8 overs

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