Print Edition - 2019-04-21 | Sports
Nepal open title defence with win over Myanmar
Apr 21, 2019-
Nepal opened the defence of the ACC U-16 Eastern Region cricket tournament title with a comprehensive seven wicket win over Myanmar in chiangmai, Thailand, on Saturday.Electing to bat first at the Prem Tinsulanonda International School grounds, Myanmar were bowled out for 58 runs in 13.2 overs. Nepal coasted to victory scoring 62-3 in just 8.1 overs.
Skipper Bishal Bikram KC led Nepal’s demolition of Myanmar taking out the first two wickets of Khant Ko Ko and Ye Myant Thu with just three runs on the board. Both the batsmen failed to open their account. The hapless Myanmar batting can be summed up by the fact that only two of their batsmen—opener Christopher and No 5 Kaung Htet Kyaw—reached double figure mark.
Kyaw top scored with a fluent 17-ball 19 while Christopher made 11 off seven ball including a six and a four. Four of their batsmen were run out. KC returned with figures of 4-21 from five overs, while Ramesh Kurmi and Nikhil Kumar Singh claimed one wicket each for Nepal.
In reply, Nepal lost Opener Deepak Bohara (6), Suwash Ayer (11) and KC (3) to be 25-3 by the fourth over. But Bohara’s opening partner Arjun Kumar played with his natural flair to complete the chase. Despite seeing wickets tumble at the other end, Kumar stuck to his natural game scoring a quickfire 26 off just 15 balls including four hits to the fence. Prashan Mahat also remained unbeaten on 9, hitting one boundary in his 15-ball innings. Kyaw took two and Ko Ko claimed one wicket for Myanmar.
Apart from Myanmar, Nepal are pitted in Group ‘A’ with Malaysia and Thailand. Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Bhutan are in Group ‘B’. Nepal take on Malaysia on April 24 and Thailand the next day. Top two teams from each pool will qualify for the semi-finals. Nepal clinched the ACC U-16 Eastern Region title defeating Singapore by 71 runs on December 17, 2017.
Nepal 62-3 in 8.1 overs (A Kumal 26*. S Ayer 11; KH Kyaw 2-24)
beat Myanmar 58 in 13.2 overs
(KH Kyaw 19. Christopher 11; Bishal Bikram KC 4-21, NK Singh 1-0)
by seven wickets
Published: 21-04-2019 11:28