Nepal de­feat M’sia to earn maiden ACC U-19 semi-fi­nal ticket

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

KLANG: Nepal just needed less than two hours to de­feat host Malaysia by eight wick­ets in the 2017 Asian Cricket Coun­cil (ACC) Un­der-19 Youth Asia Cup at the Bayue­mas Oval here yes­ter­day and se­cure a semi-fi­nal berth.

In the Group A match which was de­layed for about five hours due to rain and forc­ing the match to be re­duced to 24 Overs from 50, Malaysia took charge of bat­ting to only score 45 runs be­fore los­ing all the wick­ets in 15.3 Overs, no thanks to Nepalese bowler San­deep Lamich­hane for claim­ing five wick­ets.

Open­ing bats­man, Anil Ku­mar Sah hit three six, a four and a sin­gle to help Nepal reach 48 runs to se­cure two valu­able points and con­firm their place in the semi-fi­nals, af­ter hav­ing up­set de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons In­dia at the same venue on Sun­day.

It was the third de­feat for Malaysia who had suf­fered two pre­vi­ous heavy de­feats (202 runs to In­dia) in the open­ing match on Fri­day and (262 runs) to Bangladesh on Mon­day.

Malaysia has now lost all 12 matches played in the tour­na­ment since the in­au­gu­ral edi­tion in 2012.

“Nepal have 3 world class spin­ners, we were strug­gling to get runs and can­not read their spins, but stayed pos­i­tive. Through­out the tour­na­ment, we had lots of chal­lenges in the team and play­ing at the wrong time of year, as we lost about 11 play­ers due to the SPM (Si­jil Pe­la­jaran Malaysia) exam.

“So couldn’t field a good team, nev­er­the­less a very good ex­pe­ri­ence for the boys be­low 16-years. Cap­tain Vi­ran­deep Singh again showed he is in a dif­fer­ent class with his skills in both bowl­ing and bat­ting,” Malaysia head coach Suresh Navarat­nam told Ber­nama.

Nepal coach Binod Ku­mar Das, who was de­lighted with the maiden semi-fi­nal ticket for the non-test play­ing coun­try in the tour­na­ment, wants his side to keep im­prov­ing for a bet­ter fin­ish in the tour­na­ment.

“Our spin­ners came and bowled bril­liantly to claim 10 wick­ets today. We made our­selves proud af­ter play­ing our po­ten­tial and chal­lenged other teams here. We have beaten Malaysia and In­dia for a first time, and came close to beat­ing Bangladesh,” he said.

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