CAN team surrenders meekly again

Kathmandu, November 24:

Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) Under-17 team lost their second consecutive friendly match

against the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) U-17 team here at the Tribhuvan University

Stadium today.

After losing their first match by eight wickets on Sunday, CAN went down by seven wickets today. Invited to take the first strike after BCB skipper Jayanto Das won the toss, CAN were bowled out for 106 runs in 37.3 overs. The visitors overcame the target losing three wickets in 29.4 overs.

CAN batsmen once again had no answer to the disciplined BCB bowling as they were on a backfoot early in the match. CAN were reeling at 12-2 in the fifth over as openers Pradeep Ayree (one) and Ayush Rana (naught) were dismissed in the space of three balls.

Mohammad Shentu trapped Ayree leg before wicket with the last ball of the fourth over and Dewan Shabbir had Rana caught by Ashiqul Alam in the next over.

CAN skipper Prithu Baskota failed to even open his account despite surviving 26 balls. The CAN skipper was caught by wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan off Abu Zayed bowling in the 13th over to leave CAN at 26-3.

Sagar Pun and Nishchal Chaudhary then made sure they do not fall short of their previous total of 62 runs with a fourth-wicket partnership of 61 runs. Pun top scored with 75-ball 45 while Chaudhary made 21 off 44 balls. None of the other batsmen could score in double figures.

Mohammad Asif Khan (3-22) and Dewan Shabbir (3-33) were pick of the BCB bowlers. Mohammad Sentu (1-13), Abu Zayed (1-8) and Mamun Hosian (1-18) also picked up one wickets apiece.

In reply, BCB lost three wickets in quick succession but Mehdi Hasan and captain Das guided their team home comfortably. Ashiqul Alam (five) was first to go, caught by wicketkeeper Nischal Chaudhary off Krishna Karki in the fifth over. Pradeep Ayeree then claimed the wickets of Sayem Alam Rizvi (two) and Shahnaz Ahmed (14) to reduce BCB for 32-3 inside 10 overs before Das and man of the match Hasan put an unbeaten 75-run partnership for the visitors.

Hasan scored 43 off 66 balls including five fours and a six while Das made a patient 30 and struck one four and as many six in his 79-ball innings. Ayree finished with figures of 2-28 from 7.4 overs and Karki took 1-25 off six overs.

The two teams will play their last of the three one-day matches on Wednesday before meeting for a two-day match on Friday. The CAN team comprises the players in the closed camp training for the ACC Under-17 Elite Cup scheduled here from February 4-13.