Nepal enter ACC U-19 Elite final

Nepal qualified for the global qualifier for the ICC U-19 World Cup reaching the final of the ACC U-19 Elite Cup with a six-wicket victory over Qatar in the semifinal at AIT Ground.

Nepal will meet Afghanistan in the final at TCG on February 10 in a bid to win the title for the fifth time. Two years ago, Afghanistan had beaten Nepal in semifinal ending the 10-year dominance at the tournament.

At AIT, Nepal won the toss and invited Qatar to bat first. After a good start, Qatar flattered against Nepali spinners and were all out for 113 in 47 overs. Nepal chased down the target in 20 overs losing four wickets.

In five overs before lunch, Nepal lost openers Subash Khakurel and Faljur Khan. Subash was trapped leg-before by Qatari captain Tamoor Sajjad who chose to open bowling with spinners.

Sajjad caught Faljur off Mohd Khan. Faljur scored 19 off 12 balls. From 24/2, Sagar Pun and Naresh Budayer denied further damage adding 82 runs for third wicket.

Sagar was out 8 runs short from target and Rajesh Pulami was bowled round-the-leg the first ball he faced. Pradeep Airee hit two sixes to finish things up in 20 overs.

Earlier, man of the match Rahul BK took 4/20 to wreck the Qatar innings that had got a good start. Bhuwan Karki supported well with two wickets – taken in two balls and including the first-ball wicket of Sajjad. He just gave away 12 runs in 10 overs to keep them pinned.

Two run-outs at the end concluded the innings at 113 leaving Omar Istiaq unbeaten on 22. Saad Khan topscored for Qatar with 26.

Afghanistan beat Hong Kong by 7 wickets in the other semifinal. Defending champions Hong Kong has scored 133 runs.

Brief scorecard: Qatar 113 all out in 47 overs (Saad Khan 26, Omar Istiaq 22*, Rahul BK 4/20, Bhuwan Karki 2/12) lost to Nepal 119 for 4 in 20 overs (Naresh Budayer 41*, Sagar Pun 36, Faljur Khan 19, Pradeep Airee 12*) by 6 wickets.

Prithu Baskota injured

Nepali captain Prithu Baskota tore his ligament while fielding against Qatar and had to be rested for three weeks. He will not be able to play the final and vice-captain Rahul BK will lead the team in the final.

Prithu was stretched out of the ground and taken to hospital where it was revealed that he only had the ligament tearing and no fracture. He returned to venue at lunch.

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60 Responses

  1. ishwor says:

    Nepal is the best

  2. Mukesh Jha says:

    Nepal wins all other matches and loses the most important ones….it’s very true which makes me wonder if they will win the finals….let’s be positive and hope they’ll prove this statement wrong this time…Afganistan is stronger team so Nepal must do well…
    Good Luck!
    Well wisher
    Mukesh Jha

  3. Manoj says:

    What time does the final start does anyone know?

  4. nepcricfan says:

    match starting in 1o minutes

  5. nepcricfan says:

    afganis won toss n will bat first

  6. kapil shrestha says:

    jai jai nepal…………………………!!!!

  7. Raju Ghimire says:

    Really sad to hear the news “Nepal Lost by 61 runs”, but that was a fine result. Because Nepal is all time good in bowling attack, but batting is always a grand problem for Nepal. This time also it was disclosed at par; only one player (Pradeep Aire) batted well but team effort was lacking during batting.
    It’s really bad to say that (from the beginning of the tournament I was saying), Mr. Coach for Nepal (J. Tamata) is not a good batting specialist coach of Nepal. And I have felt it from the very beginning that Nepalese players played on their own verge. There was not a good coaching techniques. 391 (runs) against a weak team is not a good batting result. But in some major tournament only 4 names were there in standing, (1. Pradeep; 2. Prithu, 3. Sagar & 4. Naresh) but in a team only 1 player can’t bat well in each match, so their needs others’ to do well. But especially Subash, Rajesh couldn’t bat well throughout the tournament. Beside in today’s match 1 extra batsman should have been added, because there was not need for any bowler (where the good coaching techniques lacks).
    But at all it was a good tournament for Nepal & 50/50 result for Afghanistan, so hat’s off to my Afghanis bros.
    And best of luck to my best team of the world “Nepal”. I hope they will do more good in Global Qualifier (U/19 WC). But still we need a long close camp & good batting coach along with 7/8 exposure matches with good teams. Hope CAN will reassess now onwards.
    Ok then meet you all soon………………..bye.
    Jai Pashupatinath……………..Jai Nepal.