U-19 cricketers face second straight defeat in Dhaka

Kathmandu, November 4

Nepal U-19 cricket team faced a 123-run defeat at the hands of Bangladeshi youth side in their second friendly match at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Prothisthan Ground in Saver, Dhaka today.

Put into bat first, the hosts posted 227-8 in their allotted 50 overs before Nepal were packed for a paltry 104 runs in 36.5 overs. Nepal had lost their opening match by three wickets on Thursday. The third and final match of the friendly series is slated for Sunday.

Nepal skipper Dipendra Singh Airee invited Bangladesh to bat first and they were able to reduce the hosts to 46-2 inside 10.1 overs. Bangladesh openers Sojib Hossain (seven) was run out by Bhim Sharki in the fourth over with only 20 runs on  the board and Naim Sheikh was caught by Rashid Khan off skipper Airee in the 11th over. Sheikh hit 28-ball 26 with the help of four boundaries and a six, while Hossain hit a boundary.

Bangladesh skipper Saif Hasan anchored the innings. He added 54 runs for the third wicket with Tawhid Hridoy (29). Hasan, who top scored with 62 off 115 balls that included four boundaries and a six, shared a 59-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Afif Hossain. The home team captain was caught by Asif Seikh off Airee in the 43rd over. Hossain also scored a half century, scoring 59 off 67 balls that included two boundaries and four sixes.

Nepali skipper Airee (2-34) and Sandeep Lamichhane (2-37) shared four wickets between them, while four Bangladeshi batsmen were run out.

In reply, Nepali batsmen were never in contention and the visitors were reduced to 40-6 in 16 overs. Sandeep Sunar (three), Asif Seikh (nine), Anil Kumar Sah (three), Dipendra Singh Airee (naught) and Rohit Kumar Paudel (nine) and Bhim Sharki (four) all fell cheaply. Pawan Sarraf (16) and Pranit Thapa Magar (12) added 22 runs for the seventh wicket, while the 37-run stand for the final wicket between Rasid Khan and Sandeep Lamichhane was notable partnership. Khan top scored for Nepal with 24 off 40 balls that included two boundaries and a six, while Lamichhane remained unbeaten on 13 off 18 hitting two boundaries. Bangladesh’s Hasan Mahmud claimed 3-23, while Roni Hossain, Robiul Haque and Afif Hossain took two wickets each.

The two teams are preparing for upcoming ACC U-19 Youth Asia Cup slated for November 9-20 in Malaysia. Both Nepal and Bangladesh have been drawn in Group A along with India and hosts Malaysia. Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are in Group B, which will be joined by the winners of Western Regional Qualifiers.

Nepal will take on Bangladesh in their opening match on November 11 and face India the following day. Nepal will play their last match of the group against Malaysia on November 14.