2006 ACC U-15 Cup (Elite Division) - HONG KONG v NEPAL

Hong Kong and Nepal found their way through to the safety of a draw as neither team had the firepower to deliver knockout blows.

However, Nepal on being put into bat by Hong Kong were able to bat with a little more freedom and confidence in this match than against their previous opponents Malaysia. As it is, after two matches completed Nepal are in second spot in Group A and have every chance of qualifying for the Cup semi-finals.

Nepal’s 152 was built around a gritty 51 from captain Pritu Banskota who rode his luck but held his nerve as Singapore were unable to take hold of any chances that were offered, in a rain-interrupted innings. Niaz Ali was the pick of the Hong Kong seamers with 3-27.

Nepal’s Krishna Karki again showed his worth with the ball as his nagging length and line caused problems for all the Hong Kong batsmen. Hong Kong’s three run-outs didn’t help their cause as the stifling bowling of the Nepalese attack forced them to turn ones into run-outs. Hong Kong somehow belly-flopped over the line to notch 87 after 47 overs of grim batting.

When Nepal went into bat again, Hong Kong may have harboured ambitions to embarrass Nepal but the Royal Selangor Club wicket is a pretty slow and low one, akin to the kind of Plasticine that many of the Hong Kong team would have encountered in school. Even under a baking sun, try as they might, life could not be extracted out of the wicket by the Hong Kong pacemen.

The game petered out to a draw.

Hong Kong v Nepal at Royal Selangor Club
Hong Kong won the toss and elected to field
Nepal: 152 for 7 in 60 overs (P. Banskota 51) and 68 for 3 in 31 overs
Hong Kong: 87 for 9 in 47 overs
Hong Kong - 4 points; Nepal – 10 points
Man of the Match: Pritu Banskota (Nepal)

Filed May 31 2006