Dipendra Singh Airee’s fighting 99 balls 90 runs went in vain as Sri Lanka U19 managed to clinch a one-run win over Nepal U19 at Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground, Colombo on Thursday (December 15).
Chasing 228, Nepal U19 team led by Sandeep Lamichhane came as close to requiring two runs from 3 balls, but in-form Dipendra Singh Airee’s dismissal halted the thrilling win.
Dipendra Singh Airee (Nepal U19) receives the Man of the Match award for his 90 (99b 9×4 1×6) SR: 90.90). Photo: Raman Shiwakoti/CAN pic.twitter.com/EWl4FVa0ZG
— cricnepal.com (@cricnepal) December 15, 2016
Airee, almost single-handedly took the match away from Lankans with a brilliant knock of 90 runs from 99 ball that included nine boundaries and a six.
Nepal were 5 for 2 at the start of the chase but Aadil Khan managed 39 runs and took the score to 77 in 20th over. Dipendra Singh Airee and Suwarnakar Uraw (40) then built a crucial 84 runs partnership for the sixth wicket that set up the chase for Nepal team.
With Nepal U19 needing 32 runs off 34 balls, Sri Lankan Captain Kamindu Mendis brought himself and gave the much needed breakthrough for his team dismissing Suwarnakar. He changed the course of the match grabbing another wicket of Pawan Sharraf in the same over.
Nepal required 8 from 6 balls in the last over with one wicket in hand. Airee blocked the first ball and smashed the next out of the park. The victory was almost on the card but Jayawickrama held his nerve and trapped Airee to give his team a four-point.
Earlier, Nepal restricted Sri Lanka for a modest 227 for 8 after winning the toss. Kamal Singh Airee was pick of the bowlers taking three wickets for Nepal (8-0-43-3). Pawan Sarraf managed two wickets (6-0-27-2) while Dipendra Singh Airee grabbed a piece. Hasitha Boyagoda (83) and Ashen Bandara (48) were the top scorers for Lankans.
Nepal will take on India U19 on 16 December at Colombo Cricket Club Ground.
— Bhawana Ghimire (@BhawanaCAN) December 15, 2016
Well played Nepal U19 team!! You guys almost achieved the target against the test playing nation.
Nepal U19… https://t.co/5awnyJSrPN
— Nischal Tiwari (@nischaltiwari) December 15, 2016
What a performance ! Immensely proud of the way young lads played today .
With preparation lesser than a month,we played like any other test playing nations,speaks itself.Let us fans keep supporting them.