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Nepal defeat Singapore by 4 wickets

admin February 9th, 2009

Bhaktapur, February 8, NS report –
Nepal who had already berth their place in  the semi-final of the ACC U-17 Elite Cup, maintained their unbeaten steak and also topped  Group A with a four wicket win over Singapore on Sunday.

Nepal plays UAE ( TU ground )while Malaysia takes on Qatar  (Engineering ground) in the semi-final on Tuesday. Afresh from a dismissal batting performance from the previous match Nepal chose to field and restricted Singapore to 139 runs with the loss of nine wickets, at the TU Ground.

Lead by Abhiraj Rajdeep Singh’s bowling, Singapore made Nepal work hard to accomplish the target, which they acquired in the 29th over. Singh claimed three wickets giving away 27 runs in his spell of eight overs.

Nepal rode to victory, banking on Sagar Pun and Nischal Chaudhary’s kncok of 23 and 38 runs. Pun put up a 26 runs partnership with Aakash Singh Pariyar before getting stumped to Singh. 

 Rezza Gazanavi attempt of getting his team back in the game with two wickets came on too little too late as Nepal had already set up their momentum for the win. Captain Prithu Baskota played a patiently innings to ensure his team’s win remaining unbeaten at 18 of 48 balls.

Man-of-the-match, Pun had also lead from the front in bowling as well. He got  both the openers IShan Shekhar (19) and Mohit Kulkarni (14), He took three wickets giving away 25 runs in his seven overs spell. Sarangdev Krishnan was the other batsmen who defied Nepal’s bowling piling up 20 run. Krishna Karki ran Krishnan out.

Rochak Bhatta, Krishna Karki and Bhuwan Karki shared a wicket a piece. Nepal coach Roy Dias expressed dissatisfaction with his batsmen. ” We have not been able to maintain the good batting performance we displayed in the first match,” Dias went on to say ” The boys are still confused with the shot selection.”


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