Sandeep Sunar and Sunil Dhamala set record opening wicket stand for Nepal in age group cricket as Nepal hammered Ireland by eight wickets to head into the final against the same opponents high on confidence.
finished the round robin league with eight points from four games and
two ahead of the Irish with both teams already sealing a spot in the
final. The final will be played at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
restricting Ireland to 184-7 in 50 overs where a half century from Aaron
Gillespie lifted them close to 200 runs. It was all an opener show for
Nepal after Sandeep and Sunil posted a record 170-run partnership as
Nepal finished with 190-2 in 42.5 overs.
It was a
much needed boost for the Nepali team whose batting abilities have been
under scrutiny for a long time. Sunar top scored among the two with 85
runs from 119 balls smashing seven boundaries and a six.
scored 75 from 121 balls hitting three boundaries and as many sixes.
Both batsmen were out in a space of three balls before skipper Raju
Rijal and Yogendra Karki (four) finished it off with an ease. Rijal hit
two fours and a six in his 10-ball 16.
Ireland had a decent start after Andrew Austin (13) and Jack Tector
added 53 runs for the first wicket before Prem Tamang picked up two
wickets in two balls to bring Nepal back in the game.
struck with the wicket of Tector before Lalit Rajbanshi put brakes in
the middle order with two wickets. Prem’s third wicket came in the form
of Tector who scored 46 from 53 with three boundaries.
were heading towards a low total at 101-7 but Gillespie and Tom Stanton
shared an unbeaten 83-run partnership to push the total towards
respectability. Gillespie made a patient 58 off 91 with six fours and a
six, while Stanton chipped in 30 off 45 with three hits to the fence.
Prem finished with the
figures of 4-35 from 10 overs and Lalit took 2-25 from 10. Sushil Kandel
had 1-19 from his 10.