Nepal surrendered meekly crashing to a 154-run defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in their opening match of the ACC U-19 Asia Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Prantik Nawrose was the architect of Bangladesh’s lopsided win as the No 3 batsman lifted the junior Tigers to an imposing 297-4 with a splendid century. An allround bowling display then saw Nepal bundled out for just 143 in 42.3 overs.
Bangladesh began cautiously as Nepal prevented the opponents from free scoring restricting them to 116-3 by the end of the 30th over. Nawrose then began to cut lose and together with Mohammad Fahim built on a century stand laying the foundation for Bangladesh’s big total.
Nepal had a contrasting start losing their first six wickets for just 81 runs. A 60-run stand between Gulshan Jha and Bibek Yadav only helped save them blushes before the team was bundled out with 45 balls to spare.
Skipper Dev Khanal (12) fell cheaply after Arjun Kumal (five) was sent back in the second over. Santosh Karki (three) couldn’t do much while Arjun Saud (15) fell after adding 25 runs for the fourth wicket with Bibek Rana Magar.
Bibek and Bashir Ahmed (eight) added 36 runs before both fell in a space of five runs. Left with a mountain to climb, Bibek and Gulshan combined for a half century stand taking Nepal close to 150-run mark.
Gulshan top scored with a 28-ball 35 hitting four fours and a six, while Bibek scored a 34-ball 26 with two fours and a six. Bibek Rana Magar was Nepal’s second best scorer making 33 from 60 with four hits to the fence.
Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Rakibul Hasan, SM Meherob and Naimur Rahman took two wickets each for Bangladesh.
Earlier, Nepal bowled well before Nawrose rebuilt the innings with an utter professional way. He and Fahim both took time before taking on the Nepal bowlers after the 30th over.
Bangladesh collected a whopping 181 runs in the last 20 overs and despite Fahim retiring hurt, his departure hardly mattered. Nawrose remained unbeaten on a 112-ball 127 with 11 fours and a six. Fahim chipped in 54-ball 58 with three sixes and as many boundaries. Gulsan, Tilak Bahndari and Aadil Ansari took a wicket each for Nepal.