Nepal U-19 crashed to a huge 123-run defeat against Bangladesh U-19 in their second practice match of their preparation tour to Bangladesh at the BKSP grounds in Dhaka on Saturday.
Electing to field first, Nepali bowlers managed to restrict Bangladesh to 227-8 in 50 overs but they collapsed in the chase, bundled out for just 104 runs in 36.5 overs.
Hasan Mahmud and Roni Hossain wreaked havoc in Nepali top and middle order reducing the visitors to 29-5 inside 11 overs aas the visitors never recovered from the early jolts. Rohit Kumar Paudel (nine) and Aasif Sheikh (nine) were the leading scorers among Nepal’s top five batsmen.
Rashid Khan top scored for Nepal with a 40-ball 24 that included two boundaries and a six, while Pawan Sarraf made 16 from 42 balls hitting two boundaries. Pranit Thapa Magar (12) was the only remaining Nepali batsman to make runs in double figures.
Mahmud took three wickets, while Hossain, Robiul Haque and, Afif Hossain had two scalps apiece. Nepal will play their final practice match on Sunday before heading back home on Monday.
Earlier, Nepal had reduced Bangladesh to 46-2 in 10.1 overs getting rid of openers Sojib Hossain (seven) and Naim Sheikh (26). However, a 54-run partnership between Saif Hasan and Tawhid Hridoy consolidated the innings.
Hridoy made 29 off 50 with two fours and a six before losing his wicket to skipper Dipendra Singh Airee, who had also dismissed opener Naim. Saif then shared another 59 runs with Afif for the fourth wicket but Nepali spinners bowled tightly to keep the run rate below four runs an over.
Saif made 62 from 115 balls hitting four boundaries and a six before leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane got rid of him. Affif produced some late fireworks smashing four sixes and two boundaries in his 67-ball 59.
While Sandeep also ended up picking two wickets for 37 runs in his 10-over spell, Nepal had affected four run outs in the game. Shahab Alam went wicketless but was economical in his 10 overs conceding just 31 runs. Medium pacer Rashid Khan was hit for 61 runs in eight overs.