Print Edition - 2016-01-03 | Sports
Skipper Rijal shines but Nepal lose opener
- u-19 team’s tour of india
SummaryHPCA XI 208-8 in 40 overs (A Khan 47, N Sharma 45; S Lamichhane 3-44, S Kandel 2-37) beat Nepal U-19 207-8 in 40 overs (R Rijal 66, R Singh 42 not out; V Galetita 4-48m, S Puri 1-23) by two wickets
Jan 3, 2016-The Nepali U-19 team lost to Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association XI (HPCA) by two wickets in a practice match at the Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, India on Saturday.
Nepal, who are preparing for the U-19 World Cup slated for January 23 to February 14 in Bangladesh, are in a two-week tour of India to fine tune their preparation. Nepal made 207-8 in the match reduced to 40-over-a-side due to bad weather. HPCA top and middle order then took over the responsibility as the hosts replied with 208-8 in the last ball of the game.
Nepal owed a lot to their skipper Raju Rijal and lower middle order for lifting the team from a precarious position of 61-5 after Vinay Galetita wreaked havoc in the top order. Galetita removed openers Sunil Dhamala (duck) and Sandeep Sunar (10) along with Yogendra Karki (five) and Shankar Rana (naught) and Shivam Puri got rid of Aarif Sheikh (seven) as half of Nepali headed back to pavilion inside 13 overs.Rijal steadied the ship with a 70-run sixth wicket partnership with Dipendra Airee. Rijal made 66 off 84 with eight boundaries and a six. Nepal then lost the two set batsmen in a space of two runs as the scores read 133-7 in 30 overs. Rajbir Singh and Saurabh Khanal lifted Nepal beyond 200 with another 66-run partnership.
Singh made 42 off 34 with three fours and a six, while Airee chipped in 34 off 50 with four boundaries and a six. Khanal made a run-a-ball 27 with two fours and a six. Galetita finished with the figures of 4-48 from eight overs.
HPCA had a decent start when openers Nitin Sharma and Digbijay Singh (21) added 43 runs for the first wicket. After Sushil Kandel bowled Singh, Sharma added another 54 runs with Arsalan Khan. Sharma made 45 off 52 and hit six boundaries and a six before Prem Tamang bowled him. Khan kept HPCA in the chase with a 44-run fifth wicket partnership with Apporva Walia (35).
Nepal, however, hit back with three quick wickets leaving HPCA at 168-7 but Arjun Sharma (26 off 21) held on to take his team across the finishing line. Sandeep Lamichhane picked up 3-44 from eight overs for Nepal. Khan top scored for HPCA with 47 off 60 with four hits to the fence and one maximum. Nepal are pitted in Group ‘D’ of the World Cup alongside Test giants India, Australia and New Zealand.
Nepal will play two more matches in their Dharamshala tour before returning to New Delhi where they will compete against two local clubs. Nepal will return from New Delhi on January 16 before beginning their World Cup tour.
Published: 03-01-2016 09:18