-  Tuesday 19 January 2021

We are the champions: Nepal snatch Plate in ICC Under-19 World Cup thriller

Colombo, February 18:
Nepal pulled off a thrilling one-wicket win in the ICC World Cup Under-19 Plate Championship final against New Zealand, with two balls to spare after they appeared to be dead and buried at 75 for 6. Basant Regmi was the hero with an incredible all-round performance, hitting a sparkling 66 off 74 balls to follow his 3 for 41.
However, he wasn’t alone in the amazing finish as Ratan Rauniyar showed his batting prowess after Nepal had started the final 10 overs needing 70 to win.
When Rauniyar carved the winning boundary backward of square it sparked scenes of wild celebrations as all of the Nepal players and staff sprinted on to the field.
They had reached the Plate final in 2002 but lost to Zimbabwe; this time they pulled it off... and in amazing circumstances.
Roy Dias, Nepal’s Sri Lankan coach, could hardly contain his joy: “After the 2002 final it is just great that we have got across the line - for the players and the country. People will celebrate a lot because it is very important for Nepal. We have beaten two Test-playing nations and that’s a great achievement for the youngsters as they can now believe in themselves.” The captain, Kanishka Chaugai was equally thrilled: “It’s a big achievement because, for a lot of this side, it is the last time we will play Under-19 cricket and to take home some silverware from the Plate is amazing.”


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