Nepal won the U-15 Elite Cup with a performance that never allowed the UAE a chance of victory.
Nepal’s first innings total of 177 was built around Subandu Pandey’s 51 off 87 deliveries. In a super innings, Pandey carefully picked the gaps to keep the UAE bowlers frustrated. All this came after Nepal’s precarious start when opener Sagar Pun had his stumps scattered in the first ball. This deterred Nepal only momentarily as the captain Prithu Banskota (35), Aakash Pariyar and Pradeep Airee all chipped in with useful contributions.
UAE captain Manish Dhakan once again bowled his variegated spinners well, taking 3-42 in 14 overs.
Krishna Karki bagged Prathveer Rai with the fifth ball of the UAE innings and the rest of the batsmen fell in a heap. Hussain Poonawala was bowled in the third over by Karki and matters only got worse when Mahmood Mir was trapped leg before by the rampant Karki.
Heavy rain fell during tea, with UAE not drowning at 19 for 3, but close to it. Resuming after the break, Manish Dhakan (36) did his utmost to lift his team, but as wickets continued to fall, UAE could only reach 75 in 44 overs.
|UAE practice indoors during the rain
In Nepal’s the second innings, Pandey (82 off 111) picked up where he left off and was helped along the way by Prithu Banskota (35).
Manish Dhakan (5-54) again shone the brightest amongst the UAE bowlers although the team couldn’t budge Nepal from adding 200 runs on top of their 102 first innings lead. UAE were totally closed out of the game and a target of 300 little more than an hour was purely academic.
Subandu Pandey with 230 runs, from 3 games, in the tournament was Batsman of the Series to crown an impressive fortnight for him.
Nepal v UAE at Kinrara Oval
MATCH DRAWN; NEPAL WIN ON POINTS
Nepal won the toss and elected to bat
Nepal: 177 for 7 in 59 overs Decl. (S. Pandey 51; M. Kishore 3-42) and 200 all out in 75 overs (S. Pandey 82 ; M. Kishore 5-54)
UAE: 75 all out in 44 overs (K. Karki 3-19) and 49 for 2 in 11 overs
Man of the match: Subandu Pandey (Nepal)
Filed June 9 2006