The Nepal U19 team pulled off a shocking win against the Indian U19 team today in the ACC U19 Asia Cup that is underway in Malaysia.
India opted to bowl after winning the toss and restricted Nepal to 185 for 8 in 50 overs with Aditya Thakare and Abhishek Sharma grabbing two wickets apiece. And, if he felt he hadn't done enough with the bat, Dipendra then came back with the ball to wreck Indian designs, leaving the defending champions with a tall order if they are to make the semifinals.
Nepal's opening batsman Jitendra Singh Thakuri and skipper Dipendra Singh Airee steadied the ship as they combined for 49 runs partnership for the third wicket.
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After starting off with a victory against Malaysia in the tournament opener, India still leads Group A with two points and also maintains a NRR of 1.83. Thakuri exclusively made 36 runs.
India U-19: 166 all out in 48.1 overs (Himanshu Rana 46; Dipendra Singh 4/39).
The early breakthrough, followed by wickets in quick succession in the succeeding overs, built confidence on the Nepali side to put on a fine bowling display. However, skipper holding the fort from one end couldn't do any thing as the wickets tumbled cheaply at the other end.
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Nepal, who were beaten by Bangladesh by two wickets in their tournament opener, play Malaysia next on Tuesday, while India, winners by 202 runs against Malaysia, take on Bangladesh.
Rana himself was the top-scorer for India with a 38-ball 46 while his opening partner Manjot Kalra made 35 from 69 balls. Nepal's Dipendra Singh rattled the Indian batting line-up with four scalps. The game was much in balance until Abhishek Sharma departed in the 40th over for 27 runs.
Nepal's Pawan Saraf, Shahab Alam took two wickets each, while, Kamal Singh and Sandeep Lamichhane chipped in with a wicket each. Earlier on Saturday, Nepal lost to Bangladesh by 2 wickets, in a match that was decided in Duckworth-Lewis method after it was interrupted by rain.
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