Nepal U19 need 262 runs to win against Afghanistan U19
The Nepal U19 team requires 262 runs to beat Afghanistan U19 and stay alive in the ongoing ACC U19 Asia Cup 2023. Afghanistan U19 posted a total of 261/9 (49.3 overs) at ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai.
Both Nepal and Afghanistan lost the first match, so it is a must-win match for both teams. Invited to bat first, Afghanistan started aggressively but lost the wicket of Wafiullah Tarakhil (15) in the second over. Hemant Dhami picked up two wickets in two in the seventh over as the Afgan side were down to 33/3.
Rahimullah Zurmati and Jamshid Zadran then shared 81 runs for the fourth wicket to revive their team in the contest. Zurmati scored 35 runs before Dipesh Kandel broke the partnership. Numan Shah Agha played an electrifying knock of 41-ball 60, including five fours and three sixes to put Afghanistan in the driving seat. Meanwhile, Jamshid anchored the innings and scored a century from 143 delivaries. He was retired hurt after scoring 106 runs from 153 balls as the Afghan inning came to an end with nine down and three balls remaining.
For Nepal, Hemant Dhami, Gulshan Jha, and Subash Bhandari picked up two wickets each. Dipesh Kandel and Akash Chand also managed to pocket one wicket each.