Rahul takes eight as Nepal folded out Thailand for 75

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Nepal U19 team restricted Thailand for 70 runs in 27.5 overs before they set a target of 246 in the first innings.

Skipper Prithu Baskota won the toss and chose to bat against the host’s Nation Thailand. After entering the semi-final with three wins in a row, Nepal topped Group B in the 10 Nations – ACC U19 Elite Cup 2011.

Nepal, playing its last game in the group stage, needed a good and solid start however, both the Openers went cheaply.

Fazlur Khan had good starts in the tournament but failed to make a mark on this game and was dismissed on 7.  Captain Prithu Baskota came at the crease and guided the team to 134/4 before he got out. He managed 64 runs with 6 fours and two sixes. He was well-supported by Sagar Pun 22(48 balls) at the other end.

After the wicket felling at regular intervals, the Nepali U19 were looking to set a target of around 200 runs. Thanks to Pradip Airee who cheaped in for a quick 22 runs.

Rahul BK was judged lbw before he played a 19 run inning with 3 fours.  Bhuwan Karki managed 36 runs. He had a good unbeaten partnership of 49 runs with the last man Avinash Karn(5) for the tenth wicket. The duo took the score from 196/9 to 245/9 at the end of the Nepal innings.

During the chase, Thailand started slowly but steadily. They were 7 for none at 5 overs. At 21 runs standing, Rahul BK managed a direct hit and the first wicket fell for Thailand. The next wicket fell off Rahul again, the batsman was stumped.  At 57 runs, Thailand lost their five wickets and Rahul took four of them. At that stage, he had a figure of 4-0-6-4.

At halfway stage of the innings, Thailand were on were backfoot, managing 62 runs for the loss of 5 top wickets. On 27th over, Rahul BK took another wicket and grab the five-for to his credit. Outstanding bowling kept on pressuring Thailand as Bhuwan Karki took a wicket to keep Thailand chase to 72 for 7 at 26.2 overs.

At 27.2 overs, Thailand were bundled out and lost the match by mammoth 175 runs. Rahul had a match figure of 6.5- 0-15-8 wickets in the match.

Nepal will play to the runner-up of Group A on Semis.

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