ACC U-19 Asia Cup: Nepal lose to Bangladesh by 2 wickets

ACC U-19 Asia Cup: Nepal lose to Bangladesh by 2 wickets

In reply India caved in for 166 runs in 48.1 overs with Airee once again the star performer with the ball as well, taking out four key Indian wickets.

India started their campaign by defeating Malaysia 202 runs on Friday at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur.

Nepal have posted a 186-run target to India during their match of the ACC U-19 Asia Cup being played in Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia on Sunday.

Nepal had been rocked in the morning after being sent in at the Bayeumas Oval, losing their first two wickets inside the 10th over with just 28 on the board. Jitendra Singh Thakuri scored a scratchy 36 and Pawan Sarraf and Shahab Alam chipped in with a couple of wickets each, but it was more of an Airee show than anything else. Naeem Hasan and Robiul Haque struck crucial boundaries in that nerve-wracking over as the young Tigers reached 181-8 with a ball to spare. Apart from Airee and Singh, only Bhim Sharki (15) was able to score runs in double figures. This is a major blow for the Himanshu Rana-led side. For India it was Aditya Thakare and left-arm orthodox bowler Abhishek Sharma, who picked up 2 wickets apiece.

India got off the good start with captain Himanshu Rana (46) stitching a 65-run opening stand with Manjot Kalra (35). Rana appeared to take the game away from Nepal the way he was batting until Airee clean bowled him in the 13th over. Rana smacked seven fours and a six in his 38-ball 46 to lay the foundation before being dismissed by Dipendra. Only Abhishek Sharma (27) and Anuj Rawat (18) put on some meaningful runs against a discipline Nepali bowling. Likewise, Sadip Lamichhane and Kamal Singh Airee took one each.