Kathmandu – Nepal’s batting let them down again as Afghanistan U-19 thrashed Nepal U-19 by five wickets in the fourth match of the ACC U-19 Premier League 2014 in a match played at Tack-Tec Ground, Kuwait City on Friday.
In a crucial match, Afghanistan U-19 won the toss and invited Nepal to bat first. Apart from the opening partnership of 37 runs from Sunil Dhamala 17 (39) and Sandeep Sunar 16 (23) there wasn’t any other significant partnership as a result Nepal U -19 collapse to 134 runs in 45 overs.
Yogendra Karki top scored with 23 runs from 75 balls, Skipper Raju Rijal scored 21 runs and Dipendra Airee remained not out on 10 run. Rashid Khan rattled the top order and took four wickets for Afghanistan.
Nepal bowlers tried everything they could to defend a low score. But in the end, it was easy for fearless Afghanistan batsman to chase the target. A fifty runs partnership between Sahidullah and Swakat Zaman for the 5th wicket took the game away from Nepal. Shahidullah scored 52 runs off 59 balls for Afghanistan with 3 fours and 3 sixes. Prem Tamang picked two wickets for Nepal whereas Sunil Dhamala, Sushl Kandel and Saurav Khanal got one each.
Nepal U-19 should hope that Kuwait wins Afghanistan tomorrow for Nepal to qualify directly for the ICC U-19 world Cup 2016 to be held in Bangladesh. Still Nepal can make it to the global qualifiers but they have to make sure they beat the UAE tomorrow.