CricNepal- Nepal 51/0 in 6.1 overs(Sushant 25* Rabi 16*) defeated Thailand 48/10 in 32.4 overs(Sanjay 17; Jitendra 3/5)
Nepal started their ACC U-16 Premier in an emphatic manner mauling Thailand by 10 wickets in the opening match.
Winning the toss and bowling first Nepal restricted Thailand in 32.4 overs to mere 48 runs, thanks to figures of 5 for 3 from spinner Jitendra Singh Thakuri from his 5.4 overs. Anil Kharel bagged 2 wickets while Ashish Pokherel, Bijay Chaudhary, and Pawan Sharraf each got a scalp to compete the 10.
Thailand never got going with the bat-scoring just over a run an over from the start. However with just 2 wickets down till 23rd over Thailand looked as though they would bat out the 40 overs. But Jitendra Singh Thakuri who came in as the fifth bowler mapped havoc in Thailand batting card as Thailand lost the next 8 wickets in 9 overs.
Jitendra, who was later adjudged the player of the match came into bowl with Agam Sanjay Shah and Thai captain Premsak Suttisamran at the crease and he struck straight away dismissing Thai skipper for 6 runs. Before that Sanjay and Premsak had added cautious 21 runs for the third wicket. Sanjay who top scored for Thailand’s Jitendra’s next victim, who gave a return catch to Jitendra. Sanjay made 17 and was the only batsman to cross double digits for Thailand. Payuputh Sungnard(2), Kiatiwut Suttisan(5) and number 11 Ampol Meedee(0)
Nepal’s chase was as emphatic as the bowling performance if not better as Nepal chased the target in just mere 6.1 overs. Sushant Thapa smashed Thailand strike bowler Ampol Meedee for two sixes in a row in the third over to set the foundation for emphatic win. He scored two more boundaries later on to finish on 25 off just 14 balls. With two needed to win Sushant smashed a boundary to complete the chase and also bring up the 50 run stand between him and Rabi Chand. Chand scored 16 off 26 balls wit 2 fours.
Nepal is set to take Singapore on Friday.