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Too good Nepal make short work of Bahrain

Nepal continued their dominating performance in the ACC U-16 Premier League with another thrashing victory – this time by a whopping margin of 186 runs against Bahrain on Monday.

After put in at the Selangor Turf Club, an aggressive half century from Pranit Thapa helped Nepal pile their tournament-high 233-8 in 40 overs. Baharian, in reply, were bundled out for just 47 runs in 24.4 overs with 13-year old Anil Kharel once again proving his mettle at the early age.

Bahrain never settled in the match once Rijan Dhakal opened the floodgates with the scalp of opener Mohammad Haris (4). Ashish Pokhrel then removed Rakshit Puppala (six) and Abdul Ahad (seven) before Anil joined the act.

Anil removed Tahenan Haroon for a duck – the first of the five in Bahrain innings – before Pawan Sharraf’s caught and bowled of Avalis Muzaffar dug deep into the batting line-up. After Jitnedra Singh ran out Lakshman, Anil picked up two more reducing Bahrain to 32-8.

No 4 batsman Bharat Srinivasan shared Bahrain’s highest partnership of 15 runs for the ninth wicket with Lijo Jose (one) before falling prey to skipper Sumit Maharjan. Bharat made 21 off 57 with two fours and a six. After Bharat’s departure, it took no time for Bahrain innings to fold out.

Anil returned with the figures of 3-8, a day after he picked up 6-16 in the team’s 102-run victory over Oman on Sunday. Anil now has 12 wickets in the tournament one less than tournament’s leading wicket taker Jitendra who also had one victim today.

Earlier, openers Sushant Singh and Mohammad Asif (eight) began Nepal innings with a 35-run partnership before both batsmen departed in a space of 15 runs. Sushant made 29 off 37 with four boundaries.

Another big partnership came when Rabi Chand and Rabindra Jung Shahi (23) added 61-runs for the third wicket. Nepal, however, suffered a mini collapse losing three wickets for 10 runs beginning with Rabi, who made 33 off 43 with four fours. Sumit lost his wicket for just three runs.

After losing Jitendra (five) at  143-5, Pranit made sure than Nepal have enough runs on the board with a 57-run seventh wicket stand with Pawan (20). Pranit smashed seven boundaries and a six in his 60-ball 70 not out. Rakshit Puppalia picked up two wickets for Bahrain.

Nepal will now meet Malaysia in the last league match on Wednesday which will serve as the title decider. Malaysia, who overcame Singapore by four wickets in their crucial match, has seven points – one less than Nepal. In another match, Oman humbled Thailand by 176 runs.

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