Nepal thrash Malaysia, enter final
Kathmandu, December 16
Nepal thrashed Malaysia by 72 runs and advanced to the final of the ACC U-16 Asia Region Cricket Tournament at the Terdthai Cricket Ground in Bangkok today.
In the semi-final match, which was reduced by one over due to rain, Nepal scored 127-8 in 34 overs after they were invited to take the first strike. Nepal then packed Malaysia for a paltry 55 runs in 21.1 overs. Meanwhile, Singapore defeated Hong Kong by eight wickets in another semi-final and confirmed their meeting with Nepal in the Sunday’s final.
Nepal made a disastrous start with the bat as opener Kushal Malla (five) was caught by Mohammad Hakim Harisan off Shamsul Ikmal Shamsulazman in the third over with only 11 runs on the board.
Soon Nepal were reduced to 36-3 inside 11 overs after Rajan Magar (11) and Bishal Bikram KC (15) were dismissed cheaply.
Skipper Rit Gautam (11) and Trit Raj Das added 24 runs for the fourth wicket before the former was caught by Sandesh Supparamaniam off Aslam Khan Malik in the 21st over. Nepal came under further pressure after Das was dismissed by Malik in the 23rd over with only 67 runs on the board.
Sunil Bhandari, who hit two boundaries in his 19-ball 17, added 23 runs for the sixth wicket with Narayan Joshi, who scored 17 off 22 balls with the help of two sixes. Similarly, Pratish GC, who top scored with 22-ball 25 with the help of one each four and six, added 20 runs for the eighth wicket with Nikhil Kumar Singh, who remained unbeaten on six runs.
Malaysia’s Mohamad Afiq claimed 3-19, while Aslam Khan Malik took 2-24. Vijay Unni, Shamsulazman and Muhammad Amirul picked up one wicket each.
In reply, Malaysia lost their wickets cheaply with only opener Sandesh Supparamaniam reaching double figures scoring 16 off 23 balls that included three boundaries. Surya Tamang was the pick of the Nepali bowlers returning with the figures of 4-12, while Pratis GC took 3-23. Ajay Kumar Loniya and Kushal Malla claimed one wicket each.