-  Thursday 13 August 2020

Giant killer Nepal defeated

KATHMANDU, Feb 6 - Nepal has suffered a defeat by 77 runs at the hands of England in its first match, today at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 cricket World Cup, Colombo, Srilanka.
Playing against a much stronger opponent, Nepal had done well to restrict the Englishmen for 209 in their 50 overs. There was every hope that the promising young lads from Nepal would repeat their ‘giant killing’ instincts by beating England, a test playing cricketing powerhouse; until the Nepali batsmen failed to capitalize on the initiatives taken by their bowlers.

In a group 'D' match of this prestigious tournament, England had opted to bat first after winning the toss and  was restricted to an ordinary total.  Basanta Regmi (2-39)was the pick of the Nepali bowlers while Sharad Veswakar, Ratna Rauniyar and Parash Khadka all cashed in with 2, 1 and 1 wickets respectively. The Nepali team was considerably good on the field as well to produce two run outs.

However, the Nepali run chase did not go well as only four batsmen managed double figures. Skipper Kaniska Chaugai saved Nepal’s blushes by scoring a  run a ball 34.

The Nepali innings were brought to an end when Hamilton-Brown produced a fine performance and took 3 Nepali wickets at the expense of just 17 runs in his 7.2 overs.

Nepal has a good record in this tournament with one of the most experienced squads which includes seven players from the previous ICC U/19 CWC in Bangladesh in 2004 (Captain Kanishka Chaugai played in 2002 as well). With the recent success in the U-19 World Cup qualifications and even in the practice matches ahead of the World Cup matches, Nepal is expected to do well in the tournament.

Nepal’s next match is against Zimbabwe on Tuesday.


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