ACC U-19 Asia Cup: Nepal lose to Bangladesh by 2 wickets

Spirited Nepal stuns India in U-19 Asia Cup

In the match held earlier today at the Bayuemas Oval, a cricket stadium at Pandamaran, Klang, Malaysia, Nepal registered its first ever victory over India in any category of the sport of cricket, by beating its U-19 team by 19 runs.

Invited to bat first, Nepal scored 185-8 in their allotted 50 overs thanks largely to their skipper Airee, who slammed a scintillating 88 runs. Opener Jitendra Singh Thakuri too scored 36, which helped Nepal reach a decent score.

The beginning, however, was not exciting for Nepal as they lost two wickets for just 28 runs.

As wickets were crashing around him, Dipendra took the attack to the Indian bowling, smashing six fours and two sixes in his 101-ball knock before being eighth man dismissed, in the penultimate over.

Let alone playing against India, Nepal, an Associate Nation, have not played an ODI yet. Thakuri exclusively made 36 runs. Singh his three boundaries in his 95-ball innings. Airee was the last Nepali batsman to be out in the 49th over. Apart from Airee and Singh, only Bhim Sharki (15) was able to score runs in double figures.

Skipper Himanshu Rana and his opening partner Manjot Kakra gave a flying start to the defending champions, putting on a 66-run stand for the first wicket. Captain Himansu Rana top scored for India with 46 runs followed by Manoj Karla (35), Abhishek Sharma (27), Anuj Rawal (18) and Aditya Thakare (13). From 91 for 1, India lost 5 for 40 in 10 overs as Dipendra wreaked havoc, with support from Pawan Sarraf and Shahab Alam, who picked up two wickets apiece.

The 17-year-old medium pacer took four wickets for 39 runs in his ten overs' spell. Likewise, Sadip Lamichhane and Kamal Singh Airee took one each.

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