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Sarraf, Paudel lead Nepal to emphatic win over Singapore

- Sports Bureau, Kathmandu

Apr 13, 2019-

Allrounder Pawan Sarraf and skipper Rohit Kumar Paudel sealed an emphatic 217-run win over Singapore in the first match of the ICC U-19 World Cup Asia Qualifier at the Selangor Turf Club in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

Put into bat first, Nepal overcame a poor start to post a massive 282 runs in 46 overs. Singapore delayed the inevitable for 31 overs before finally being dismissed for a paltry 65 runs.

Nepal were reeling at 18-2 by the sixth over after losing opener Rit Gautam (1) and No 3 batsman Aasif Sheikh (8) cheaply. But Gautam’s opening partner Sarraf and skipper Paudel put on a 90-run third wicket stand to consolidate the Nepali innings. Sarraf fell three runs short of a half century after hitting four boundaries and two sixes. Sundeep Jora (0) walked in to join Paudel but lasted just two balls, falling prey to Pramesh Singhavi.

Paudel held his nerves at the other end and put on meaningful partnerships with Bhim Sharki, Kushal Malla and Rashid Khan to propel the team’s total. The Nepal skipper added 36 runs for the fifth wicket with Sharki (26), 16 for the sixth wicket with Malla (10) and another 77 for the seventh wicket with Rashid Khan. Paudel was unlucky not to have completed his century, falling five runs short to Atharva Gune.

Paudel’s composed 105-ball knock included seven boundaries and a six, while Khan too fell two runs shy of a half century after clobbering four boundaries and two sixes in his 47-ball knock. Kamal Singh Airee also helped swell the  Nepali total playing a 31-run cameo. Airee struck three sixes and a four in his 18-ball innings. Gune was pick of the Singapore bowlers with figures of 4-37 from eight overs. Raoul Sharma and Vinit Mehta also claimed two wickets each  for Singapore.

Singapore were never in contention after losing half their team for 42-5. Malla triggered the Singapore collapse, first combining with Khan to run out Arnaav  Chabria (2) before having skipper Aman Desai (1) stumped off wicketkeeper Sheikh. Malla also accounted for Sai Venugopal, who scored a painstaking 18 off  45 balls.

Man-of-the-match Sarraf polished off the Singapore tail with a burst of three wickets after Surya Tamang had Singapore’s top scorer Ishaan Sawney caught by Sharki. Sawney scored 20 off 54 balls with four boundaries and a six. Apart from Sawney and Venugopal, none of the other Singapore batsmen scored runs in double figures.

After falling three runs short of a half century, Sarraf also shone with the  ball with an exceptional figures of 3-5 from six overs, five of which were  maidens. Malla took 2-17 and Tamang 2-15. In other matches, UAE beat Malaysia by five wickets and Kuwait defeated Oman by eight wickets. Nepal will take on the UAE in their next game on Saturday.

Apart from Nepal, Kuwait, hosts Malaysia, Oman, Singapore and the United Arab  Emirates are fighting for a single berth available for the U-19 World Cup in  South Africa next year. The winner of the Asia Qualifier will join Afghanistan,  Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, South  Africa, Sri Lanka, the West Indies and Zimbabwe in the tournament next January  and February.

Summary

Nepal 282 in 46 overs (RK Paudel 95, R Khan 48, P Sarraf 47, KS Airee 31; A Gune 4-37, R Sharma 2-36, V Mehta 2-30) beat Singapore 65 in 31 overs (I Sawney 28; P Sarraf 3-5, K Malla 2-17, S Tamang 2-15) by 217 runs

Man-of-the-match: P Sarraf

Published: 13-04-2019 09:21

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