Nepal U-19 team are a step closer to the U-19 World Cup after a cakewalk win against Malaysia in the fourth match of the U-19 World Cup Asia Qualifier. Nepal’s youth team now needs to beat the UAE in the final match to book a place in the World Cup after seven years.
Chasing a mere total of 73, Nepal didn’t take long to complete the target. Deepak Bohara scored an unbeaten 29-ball 38, and Arjun Kumal scored 25* as Nepal reached the feat in just nine overs.
Earlier, Nepalese bowlers did a fantastic job of settling Malaysia for 72 runs in 35.3 after being forced to bowl first.
Akash Chand yielded a wicket in the second over, dismissing the opposition captain Sidharth Karthik Rajaratnam. Malaysia then were doing fine with a score of 46/2 in the 17th over. However, the Nepalese spinners’ jolt saw Malaysia collapse and lose the next eight wickets for just 26 runs. Muhammad Akram was the top scorer for Malaysia with 26 runs. Mohammad Hairil Harisan and Muhammad Syahir Syamael added 12 runs each, while no other batters could score a double-digit figure.
Dipesh Kandel was the pick of the bowlers for Nepal, grabbing four wickets. He bowled four maidens and conceded just 11 runs from ten over spell. Akash Chand (4.3-0-9-3) picked up three wickets, while Milan Bohara bowled exceptionally well, picking up a couple. He conceded just eight runs from nine over spell, bowling five maidens.
Nepal started the tournament with 96 runs victory over Singapore, followed by a mammoth 243 runs and a nine-wicket win against Kuwait and Hong Kong respectively. Nepal will play the decisive match against UAE on march 2.