KATHMANDU: Nepal defeated Ireland by three wickets in the final of ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier played at Kinrara Academy in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday and secured their berth to the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup to be held in Bangladesh in 2016.
The third place playoff played today, the United States of America defeated Uganda by five wickets.
Batting first, Ireland had posted a target of 185 runs.
With excellent performance by bowlers, Nepal restricted Ireland to 184 runs in 47.4 overs and met the target with 22 bowls to spare as they made 185/7 in 46.2 overs.
Left-arm spinner Lalit Rajbanshi was the pick of the Nepali bowlers with the figures of 10-1-36-4. He was declared the player of the match for his outstanding performance that was crucial for Nepal’s victory.
Aarif Sheikh claimed three wickets and Dipendra Singh Airee two.
For his consistent and all-round peformance, Sheikh was awarded with the player of the series title.
Nepal and Ireland teams before the ICC Under-19 World Cup Qualifier final. Photo: ICC
Gary McClintok topscored 45 off 58 for Ireland, while Andrew Austin added 44.
Nepal had defeated Ireland by eight wickets in their last league match of the tournament yesterday. Coincidentally, Nepal had restricted Ireland to 184 runs yesterday also.
Nepal, however, had to work hard to win today’s match and earn the ticket to Bangladesh for next year’s Under-19 World Cup as they witnessed middle-order hiccups.
Opener Sunil Dhamala topscored for Nepal with 47 runs off 71 while his partner Sandeep Sunar was out for naught. Captain Raju Rijal contributed 35 runs, Dipendra Singh Airee 26, Aarif Sheikh 21, Rajbir Singh 16, Yogendra Singh Karki 11.
Saurav Khanal scored unbeaten 16 runs off 13. He hit one six and four each. Prem Tamang added unbeaten one.
Aron Gillespie and Rory Anders claimed two Nepali wickets each, while took Tom Stanton, James Mitchell and Gary McClintock apiece.
Khanal sealed Nepal’s victory with a six to make Nepal the 16th and final side to secure berth in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016, which will be held in Bangladesh from January 22 to February 22.
Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Scotland and Nepal along with the 10 Test-playing nations are playing tournament next year.
It would be Nepal’s seventh Cricket World Cup appearance. Nepal played in five successive events from 2000 to 2008 and in 2012, while missed out in 2010 and 2014. *
Great scenes of joy for Nepal here – they are going to the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2016!! https://t.co/OY1tA0Lzhg
— ICC (@ICC) October 22, 2015
Fall of Nepal’s Wickets
1-0 (Sunar, 1.1 ov)
2-35 (Karki, 8.5 ov)
3-82 (Dhamala, 21.5 ov)
4-110 (Rijal, 27.5 ov)
5-127 (Singh, 36.3 ov)
6-149 (Sheikh, 40.5 ov)
7-177 (Airee, 45.2 ov)
Fall of Ireland’s Wickets
1-9 (Tector, 4.2 ov)
2-31 (Dennison, 10.5 ov)
3-107 (Austin, 30.3 ov)
4-111 (McClintock, 31.6 ov)
5-145 (McClintock, 38.2 ov)
6-154 (Gillespie, 40.4 ov)
7-174 (Tucker, 44.3 ov)
8-174 (Stanton, 44.6 ov)
9-182 (Mitchell, 46.5 ov)
10-184 (Chopra, 47.4 ov)