Nepal continue their dream run, shoot down Malaysia for 45 in the U19 Asia Cup
Nepal will now face Afghanistan in the semifinal of the U19 Asia Cup.
Updated - Nov 15, 2017 3:21 pm
Nepal are on a rise when it comes to cricketing action. After defeating a strong India U19 side, the young guns have now thrashed Malaysia in a convincing manner. Playing in the U19 Asia Cup, Nepal floored Malaysia for just 45 runs, the fifth lowest total in the history of U19 cricket. Malaysia were going safe at 33/0, until the havoc occurred in Kuala Lumpur.
Bangladesh’s total of 34 against India in a Under-19 Asia Cup game in 2003 in Lahore is the lowest ever total in the history of U19 Asia Cup. Sandeep Lamichhane, who was backed by former Australian skipper Michael Clarke, took figures of 4.3-0-8-5, to help his side shoot out the opposition for a paltry score. For Malaysia, opener Syed Aziz scored 20 while Virandeep Singh scored 10 runs. The rest of the scorecard reads poor figures, as none of the batsmen managed to get past five runs. Chasing 46 to win, Nepal didn’t waste much time and sealed a victory inside 6 overs, losing just 2 wickets. Anil Sah remained unbeaten on 26 off 15 balls. S Vijay Unni scalped two wickets in an over for Malaysia.
India U19s shown the exit door
The ongoing tournament will go down as one of the most competitive tournaments ever, as minnows have not only challenged the giants of the game, but have taken them out and defeated. India U19 side were eliminated from the tournament after they faced their second successive defeat. A spirited Bangladesh U19 side chased down a target of 188, losing just two wickets and with four overs to spare. Rain threatened to clean out the game but the match took off, after a cut in the over. Bangladesh won the toss in the 32-over match and elected to bowl. The boys in blue were restricted to 85/4 at one stage. Nepal will now face Afghanistan in the semi-finals on November 17.