Kathmandu – Skipper and legbreak bowler – Sandeep Lamichhane grabbed five-for as Nepal U19 team cruised to a four-wicket win over Singapore in the first match of ICC Asia Under-19s World Cup Qualifier 2017 at Singapore Cricket Club, Padang on Monday.
Nepal U19 won the toss and invited Singapore to bat.
Sandeep Lamichhane’s leg-break bowling helped them to restrict Singapore for a mere 73 runs in 29 overs.
Singapore had to toil hard to get the runs from the start. It was Kishore Mahato’s left-arm pace bowling that did the damage up front, giving an early breakthrough for the team. He chipped in with two wickets (6-3-25-2) in his six overs with three maidens.
Singapore kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and had no plan B against any of the Nepalese bowlers. Sandeep Lamichhane’s experience came handy for his side as he grabbed five-for in just eight overs. He also produced two maidens and gave away 21 runs.
For Singapore, Brigu Iyer was only the batsman who looked comfortable at the crease. He managed to score 42 runs in 39 balls with 6 fours and a six. Opener Sean Agarwal managed 11 runs in his 33 balls.
Slow left-arm orthodox bowling from Shahab Alam earned him three wickets (6-1-12-3). Meanwhile, Rohit Kumar Paudel remained wicket-less but he had the best economy (5-1-8-0) in the match. His five overs produced only 8 runs with one maiden.
Fall of wickets:
1-4 (Rohan, 4.6 ov), 2-17 (Sean Agarwal, 11.1 ov), 3-21 (Sidhant, 13.3 ov), 4-22 (Yuvraj Singh, 14.1 ov), 5-23 (Hanshul Deep, 15.2 ov), 6-23 (Aryaman Sunil, 15.5 ov), 7-26 (Janak Prakash, 17.5 ov), 8-50 (Bikram, 25.5 ov), 9-54 (Aahan, 27.5 ov), 10-73 (Brigu Iyer, 28.6 ov)
Batting second with a target of just 74 runs, Nepal U19 team had few hiccups. It’s been the same old story for any Nepalese age-level team in the recent past. They lost their opener Sandeep Sunar very early for just 1 runs (9 balls). Aasif Shiekh followed him soon after contributing a boundary to his 5 balls-inning.
The team management and the fans had a great expectation from the solid batsman Dipendra Singh Airee but he didn’t have a great with his bat and was soon trapped in front for just 2 runs in his 12 balls.
Nepal lost their well-set batsman Pranit Thapa Magar at 11th over and started to struggle at 42 for 4. Before departing, Magar scored 23 runs from 26 balls.
Anil Sah played a brisk inning of 19 runs off 22 balls, including three boundaries to help his team reach the target.
Finally, Rohit Paudel and Pawan Sharraf’s unbeaten innings of 11 and 4 respectively, helped Nepal U19 with a four wickets victory over Singapore.
Fall of wickets:
1-2 (Sunar, 1.5 ov), 2-9 (Aasif Sheikh, 3.3 ov), 3-31 (Airee, 7.5 ov), 4-42 (Magar, 10.1 ov), 5-61 (Sah, 14.3 ov), 6-69 (Prakash, 16.2 ov)
Singapore U19 – 73 (29.0 ov)
Nepal U19 – 77/6 (17.3 ov)
Nepal U19 won by 4 wickets (with 195 balls remaining)