Day 6: DHAKAL SHINES AS NEPAL CLINCH U-19 ASIA CUP BERTH

Nepal qualified for the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka next month after beating Hong Kong by six wickets in the final of the Eastern Region qualifiers at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

Sagar Dhakal claimed five wickets as Hong Kong were dismissed for 95 runs in 43.1 overs before Nepal reached 96-4 in 16.1 overs to join seven other teams at the Asia Cup on August 28-September 8.

Champions - NEPAL
HONG KONG

Hong Kong slipped to 47-5 after losing all five wickets to Dhakal, whose figures of 5-18 from 10 overs won him not just the man-of-the-match award but also the player-of-the-tournament honour.

Kamal Singh Airee backed up Dhakal with 3-23 as Hong Kong captain Adit Gorawara tried to prolong Hong Kong's innings for as long as he could in scoring 24 off 71 balls.

Nepal made a solid start to their chase with a 52-run opening stand between Pawan Sarraf, who blasted five fours and a six in scoring 39 off 36 balls, and Rit Gautam (13).

Raunaq Kapur delayed Nepal's march to victory with two wickets but there was no denying captain Rohit Kumar Paudel's side place at the eight-team Under-19 Asia Cup.

"The boys have put in a very good effort in bowling and batting, fielding as well, over the whole tournament," said Paudel of Nepal's four wins, which came with relative ease. "Sagar has been fantastic in this tournament and we're very happy with him."

"The plan was to restrict Hong Kong to below 140 because their bowling attack is very good. We executed the plan very well with the medium-paced spinners restricting them to below 100. After that the way Pawan and Rit batted made it easier for us to chase the target.

Paudel said the Asia Cup will be a different ball game but is looking forward to Nepal pitting skills against the likes of Asia's big teams including India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

"We are going there to compete against the best teams so we will do our best to perform there. Our plan is to play our best cricket against the Test countries," added Paudel.

Nepal join the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, who qualified from the Western Region qualifiers, at the Asia Cup along with hosts Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, defending champions India and Pakistan.

INDIVIDUAL HONOURS

Player of the tournament - Sagar Dhakal (Nepal)
Man of the Final - Sagar Dhakal (Nepal)
Best batsman - Adit Gorawara (Hong Kong)
Best bowler - Raunaq Kapur (Hong Kong)

ACC U19 EASTERN REGION 2019
Tue 9-July


FINAL: NEPAL v HONG KONG at Kinrara Oval
NEPAL WON BY SIX WICKETS
Nepal won the toss and elected to field
Hong Kong: 95 all out off 43.1 overs (S.Dhakal 5-18, S.Airee 3-23)
Nepal: 96 for 4 off 16.1 overs (P.Sarraf 39)
Player of the Final: Sagar Dhakal (Nepal)
Scorecard

 

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Filed July 9th, 2019