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Nepal defeat India to create history

- SAILENDRA ADHIKARI, Kathmandu

Nov 12, 2017-Dipendra Singh Airee shone with both bat and ball as Nepal defeated cricketing powerhouse India for the first time in its cricketing history on Sunday.

Airee scored 88 and returned to take four wickets for his side as Nepal successfully defended the 185 runs total to claim a famous 19 runs victory at the Bayuemas Oval in Malaysia.

Nepal finally overcame the Indian hurdle in its sixth attempt. Its previous five matches--two in U-19 World Cup and three in U-19 Asia Cup--against India had resulted in disappointing defeats.

Photo Courtesy:  Raman Shiwakoti via @thapagk

Chasing 186 for victory, India made a rapid start with Himanshu Rana and Manjot Kalra scoring 60 runs in the first 10 overs. But Indian downfall began when Kamal Singh Airee got the first wicket of Rana in the 13th over on 46.

The early breakthrough, followed by wickets in quick succession in the succeeding overs, built confidence on the Nepali side to put on a fine bowling display. The game was much in balance until Abhishek Sharma departed in the 40th over for 27 runs. Dipendra, who received little support while batting, received good support from his fellow bowlers to claim the final three wickets and bowl out the Indian side with 11 balls to spare.

Dipendra spearheaded the Nepali bowling attack and finished with four wickets from his 10 overs. Pawan Sarraf (2) and Shahab Alam (2), the latter of which took the final wicket to send the team and its supporters into frenzy, were the other contributors. Sandip Lamichhane and Kamal had one each to them.

Earlier, losing the toss and batting first, Dipendra scored 88 runs to help his side post a total of 185 runs.

Dipendra hit two sixes and six boundaries from 101 balls but saw his partners returning cheaply to the pavilion on the other side. Jitendra Singh on 36 and Bhim Sarki on 15 were the only other major contributors for Nepal. It was a disappointing batting performance from the other players as none of them reached double-digit score.

Abhishek Sharma and Aditya Thakare took two wickets for India. Vivekanand Tiwary, Mandeep Singh, Shiva Singh and Atharva Taide had one each to their name.

Nepal lost its opening match against Bangladesh by two wickets on Saturday.

Nepali cricketers took to Twitter to express joy at this historic victory.

 

 

 

Published: 12-11-2017 15:14

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