New Delhi- Afghanistan U19 edged Nepal U19 by 41 runs in the second practice match played between these sides at St. Stephen College Ground, Mori Gate, New Delhi on Wednesday. Afghan U19 had defeated Nepal U19 by 83 runs in the first practice match.
Afghan U19 made 212 runs on the board before being all out in the second last balls of the innings, after winning the toss and batting first. Shamsur Rahman did the best with bat, scoring a fine 75 runs off 128 balls, after his side were reduced to 4 for 35 in just 8 overs. He shared 86 runs with Tariq Stanikzai for the fifth wicket before the later got out for 37 runs.
Dipesh Shrestha and Nandav Yadav did a fine job with the new ball for Nepal sharing the first four wickets between them, picking two wickets each. Kushal Bhurtel grabbed three wickets at the end of the innings conceding 41 runs.
In reply, Nepal couldn’t capitalize on a good start as provided by Sandeep Sunar and Sunil Dhamala. Th duo shared 48 runs for the first wicket in just 5.5 overs before Sunar got out after scoring 17 runs off 20 balls.
Nepal then lost wickets at regular interval and were eventually bundled out for 171 runs in 41.4 overs. Dhamala top scored for Nepal with 45 runs from 59 balls that included six fours and a six. Aarif Sheikh and Dipendra Airee contributed 28 and 23 runs respectively.
Zia Rehman Akbar who took match winning five wickets in the first game picked up three wickets. Zahir Pakteen and Karim Janat took two wickets each.
This brings an end to Nepal U19 tour of India. They defeated Himanchal Pradesh Cricket Association XI 2-1 in a three match series while lost both practice match against Afghanistan U19.
Afghan U19: 212/10, 49.5 ov, Shamsur Rehman 75(128), Kushal Bhurtel 3/41, Nandan Yadav 2/21, Dipesh Shrestha 2/25, beat
Nepal U19: 171/10, 41.4 ov, Sunil Dhamala 45(59), Aarif Sheikh 28(42), Zia Akbar 3/37, by 41 runs.