Nepal’s U-19 cricket warriors stage epic comeback, seize thrilling victory against Test Nation

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In a heart-stopping clash in the ICC U-19 World Cup, Nepal emerged victorious against a formidable Afghanistan team, securing a spot in the Super Six. The battle unfolded in East London, showcasing the resilience and skill of the young Nepalese cricketers.

Here is how it was possible & Next Stage:

Akash Chand’s Sensational Bowling Display

Afghanistan, opting to bat first after winning the toss, faced a daunting Nepal bowling attack. The hero of the day was Akash Chand, whose sensational medium-paced bowling left Afghanistan reeling at 43-6. Chand’s remarkable five-wicket haul dismantled Afghanistan’s top order, setting the stage for Nepal’s dominance.

Ghanzanfar’s Counterattack and Nepal’s Fight Back

Despite the early setbacks, Ghanzanfar’s aggressive innings pushed Afghanistan to a competitive total of 145 runs. However, Nepal’s bowlers, led by Subas Bhandari, made a comeback, restricting Afghanistan to 145 all-out in 40.1 overs.

Dev Khanal and Akash Tripathi’s Crucial Partnership

Facing a modest target of 146 runs, Nepal encountered early hiccups, losing three wickets for just 24 runs. Captain Dev Khanal and Akash Tripathi steadied the ship with a crucial partnership of 49 runs, instilling hope in the Nepalese camp.

Subash Bhandari’s Heroic Finish

As wickets fell, and pressure mounted, Captain Dev’s departure left Nepal needing 19 runs with only one wicket in hand. However, Deepak Bohora and Subas Bhandari exhibited remarkable composure, inching Nepal closer to victory. In a nerve-wracking climax, Subas played a pivotal role, securing an exhilarating 1-wicket win with a boundary off the last ball.

Super Six Beckons for Nepal

With this thrilling victory, Nepal advances to the Super Six, where they are set to face India and Bangladesh. The young Nepalese squad’s resilience and determination have captured the cricketing world’s attention, making them a team to watch in the remainder of the ICC U-19 World Cup.

In a stunning turn of events, Nepal’s journey in the tournament has become a tale of triumph against adversity. The team’s unwavering spirit and stellar performances have not only secured their spot in the Super Six but have also marked them as formidable contenders in the quest for the U-19 World Cup title isn’t it ?

Salikram Timalsina
Salikram Timalsinahttps://www.cricnepal.com
Salikram Timalsina is a contributing writer for cricnepal since December 2023. Timalsina is passionate Nepali cricket fan and follows cricnepal closely.

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