U19 Nepali Cricket Team is out of U19world cup race as they lost the game against the runner of Group A, UAE defeated Nepal U19 team by 76 runs.
Nepal won the toss and elected to field first at the Bayuemas Oval ground in Kuala Lumpur. UAE wickets regularly tumbled one after another at the initial phase, they lost their top 3 batsman very quickly, and at one stage UAE were 32-3 in 6.3 over. Dan D’ Souza and Shorey Chopra made strong partnership of 171 runs, where Chopra made a brilliant knock and scored 114(115) with 17 fours and a six and his partner Dan D’ Souza contributed 58 run before being bowled out from Avinash Karn. Sajid Khan made 26 runs not out while Adnaan Khan and Rohit Singh contributed 20 and 15 run respectively.
In today’s match Nepali bowlers failed to repeat their brilliant bowling performances like in earlier matches and proved very expensive. Avinash Karna took three wickets in the match with 6.5 economy rate, while Bhuwan Karki, Sushanta Bhari, Yagya Man Kumal, and Nischal Pandey grabbed a wicket each. With a big target of 272, Nepal’s made a poor start, where they lost Nischal Pandey quickly in 0.3 over. The summit target, bt shaky start made Nepalese team and batsman hopeless, and the wicket tumbled continiously. Amit Shrestha 12(21) was caught out by Prakash in ball of Joshi, where the score card of Nepal was 48-2. BD Thapa, Pawan Shrestha, Prem Tamang were out in single figure. But Hari Shankar Shah, Bhuvan Karki and Nirmal Thapa showed some fighting spirit but that was not sufficient for victory. HariShankar Shah was on momentum hitting some beautiful cricketing shots and made half century with 8 clinical fours, bt very soonly he was injured and was retired hurt which was the turning point of the game and he came to bat again after fall of Pawan Shrestha, bt he was not in the same rhythm and Nepal lost the valuable wicket of Hari Shankar Shah as the 5th wicket for Nepal. Bhuvan Karki contributed 41 runs with 3 fours and a sixes from 48 balls. Avinash karn was not out in 19 runs and Nepal were
restricted in 195 runs in 46.1 over. UAE bowling department also performe very well. Dan D’ Souza took 4 wickets in 10 overs with a maiden, just giving 46 runs. while Gir took 2 wickets, Rohit singh, James, Joshi and Tahir Sultan distributed 1 wicket each to their kitty.
In another semi-final, Afghanistan defeated host Malaysia by huge margin of 140 runs.
This loss cost a lot to Nepalese junior as their dream of playing world cup shattered down, whereas Afghanistan and
UAE got qualified for the U19 World Cup. Nepali cricket team will play with Malaysia for third play off tomorrow.
The game will start at 7:15 am NST.