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Sandeep treble puts Nepal close to quarter-finals

Nepal
defeated Ireland by eight wickets in their second Group ‘D’ match of the
ICC U-19 World Cup to inch closer to the quarter-finals
of the
tournament.

Nepal
have four points in the group standings and will now wait for
India
versus New Zealand result in another pool game where a victory for the
Indians mean they will sail through.

Leg
spinner Sandip Lamichhane took the first hat-trick
as Nepali
bowler in
the U-19 World Cup history and first in the current tournament to
restrict Ireland to 131-9 in 50 overs.

Nepal
reached 132-2 in 25.3 overs after Yogendra Karki smashed an
unbeaten
half century forging two crucial partnerships. Nepal lost opener Sandeep
Sunar in the first ball of their reply but Yogendra shared 55 runs for
the second wicket with Sunil Dhamala to get their chase on track.

Sunil
made 28 off 35 with four boundaries and a six before losing his
wicket
to Gary McClintock at 55-2. Yogendra, however, continued to impress with
an unbeaten 77-run stand with Aarif Sheikh to take the team easily home.

Yogendra
made 61 off 81 with eight boundaries and Aarif chipped in a
36-ball 31
with five hits to the fence.
 

Earlier,
Sunil, Sushil Kandel and Sandeep picked up a wicket each
reducing
Ireland to 48-3. But the Irish were still in the game at 80-3 in 31.3
overs. However, Sandeep ripped apart the Irish middle order with a
hat-trick that began with the dismissal of Lorcan Tucker, caught by
Dipendra Airee.

He
then had set man Adam Dennison (21) caught behind by skipper Raju
Rijal
the next ball and subsequently bowled new man Fiachra Tucker to complete
his hat-trick. The treble from Sandeep completely shifted the momentum
towards Nepal as Ireland went reeling at 80-6 in 32 overs.

Lamichhane
soon bowled William McClintock (two) as it was only left
the formalities
to skittle out the Irish. Harry Tector staged some resistance with a
54-ball 30 to ensure Ireland were not bowled out. Dipendra Airee also
had two wickets for Nepal, while opener Jack Tector made 27 off 52 with
two fours and a six.

 

Nepal
will play India
in their next match on February 1.

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