Despite not earning a semi-final berth in the Under-19 Asia Cup, Nepal had been impressive in patches and they put on their best show on Tuesday to overcome United Arab Emirates at Free Trade Zone grounds in Katunayake on Monday. The massive 160 run win suggested that Nepal are a team to look out for and all the support that the Asian Cricket Council is giving them is not in vain.

UAE v Nepal
Winners - Nepal

Nepal’s openers Rit Gautam and Pawan Sarraf, didn’t trouble the scorers as both were dismissed for ducks and  despite the early set back, Nepal fought back superbly.

Captain Rohit Paudel, who had shown patches of brilliance without scoring a big one, made it a point to make a mark in his team’s last game coming up with an impressive 67.

Paudel, who has already represented his country in ODI and T-20 cricket, plays some exquisite strokes but didn’t have much luck in this competition. Yesterday, however, it was his day.

His half-century came at a much needed time after the poor start by the openers, both of whom had been in good nick for Nepal.

Paudel’s 67 that came off 84 balls contained nine fours and one six.

He was involved in a 69 runs stand for the third wicket with Asif Sheikh (45) and a further 85 run stand for the fourth wicket with Sandeep Jhora (48).

There was a flurry of runs in the death overs as Rashid Khan (44) and Kamal Singh (41) added 70 runs for the eighth wicket off just 56 deliveries. The push by the tail enabled Nepal to post 285 for nine.

Akasha Tahir and Sanchit Sharma were the pick of the bowlers picking up three wickets apiece.

UAE’s run chase never gained any momentum and they were shot out for 125 in 34.4 overs to hand Nepal a consolation win. Nepal captain Paudel was named Man  of the Match.

Of all three Associate member nations that qualified for the Under-19 Asia Cup, Nepal have been the most impressive. Their batting in particular has shown brilliance in patches. There are very few teenagers in none Test playing nations who can play the cricket strokes the Nepalese do. With more exposure there’s little doubt that they will be going places. Their bowling though needs to improve. However, unlike Kuwait and UAE, all Nepal players are home grown talent.

Tue 10-Sep

UAE v Nepal at MCG
UAE won the toss and elected to field
Nepal: 285 for 9 off 50 overs (A.Sheikh 45, R.Paudel 67, S.Jora 48, R.Khan 44, K.Airee 41; M.Tahir 3-62, S.Sharma 3-26)
UAE: 125 all out off 34.4 overs (S.Dhakal 3-20)
Man of the Match: Rohit Kumar Paudel (Nepal)


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Filed September 10th, 2019