QF1: Nepal v Singapore at Tribhuvan University Ground

ACC Development Manager Sultan Rana presenting Nepal's Sarad Vesawkar with the Man of the Match award.

Nepal thoroughly outplayed a hardy Singapore, winning by 100 runs to advance to the semi-finals.

The Nepal batsmen played steadily, keeping the ball on the ground showing the full-face of the bat in defence and attack. The runs piled up with all the top-order batsmen making contributions. At one stage Nepal were 158 for 2 in the 37th over and Singapore did well to stop Nepal to advance to a really substantial score by taking the next seven wickets for just 65 runs by the innings close.

Sarad Vesawkar, who aso plays for Nepal’s senior side, top-scored with 68. Had he not been dropped twice early on in his innings, Nepal may have had to post a much lower total. Singapore’s talented wicket-keeper pulled off four stumpings.

Chasing 223, Singapore were always struggling in reply. Their batsmen were never able to get to terms with a penetrative Nepal attack and wickets fell steadily one after the other.

Singapore can take heart from their performance but in this instance they were simply beaten by a really strong side.

Filed November 18 2005