Group A: Nepal v Brunei at Tribhuvan University Ground

Nepal’s Amrit Bhattarai and Ratan Rauniyar,
joint Man of the Match

Nepal stormed through to the quarter-finals with a thumping ten-wicket win over Brunei. The first five Bruneians all made ducks and for a long time extras were the only runs being scored. Pinned to the crease by pace, the Brunei batsman were also flummoxed by spin as Kesari amd Rauniyar Nepal’s two spinners asserted themselves as soon as they came on.

Nepal knocked off the target of 21 inside 4 overs.

Having won their first two group matches so easily, Nepal’s only fear in the knock-out phase can be complacency and a weakness due to a lack of preparation against tough match competition. It is something they must guard against but they remain favourites for the title.

Filed November 10 2005