Nepal surged to an emphatic 10-wicket victory over Thailand on the opening day of the ACC U-16 Premier in Malaysia, the game ending before the scheduled lunch interval. And an hour before the clouds that had been gathering to the south of Kuala Lumpur opened, and which, hours later were still streaming down across the city.

Nepal shone in the morning however, winning the toss and bowling very steadily in an opening session that had Thailand's openers - playing correctly - pinned down by good length deliveries on and around off-stump. Thailand's first boundary came in the 14th over and they were consistently struggling to get the ball off the square. The one time a Thai batsman tried something aerial, he was caught on the boundary. Jitendra Singh took 5 for 3 with his fast off-breaks but all the Nepali bowlers impressed with the elfin Anil Kharel finding significant turn and bounce with his left-arm spin. Thailand just weren't allowed to express themselves against a tea that looked sharp in the field and hardly wasted a delivery. Thailand fell away from 32 for 2 in the 23rd over to be 48 all out inside the next 10 overs.

Nepal wasted no time when batting, Sushant Thapa racing to a 14-ball 25, with two sixes and two fours, his partner Ravi Kumar Shah arguably playing the shot of the day, a cover drive to the pavilion-side boundary and Nepal chased down the target off 37 deliveries.

The games between Malaysia and Bahrain at Kinrara and Oman and Singapore at the Royal Selangor Club were abandoned because of the heavy and persistent rain after the lunch interval. The next round of matches are tomorrow.

Nepal v Thailand at Selangor Turf Club
Nepal won the toss and elected to field
Thailand: 48 all out off 32.4 overs (J.Singh 5-3)
Nepal: 51 for 0 off 6.1 overs
Man of the Match: Jitendra Singh (Nepal)

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Photos by Peter Lim

Filed August 14th, 2014