Dipendra Singh Airee starred with bat and bowl to help Nepal pull off a stunning 19-run win over red-hot favourites India in the Under-19 Asia Cup tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday (November 12).
In the match held earlier today at the Bayuemas Oval, a cricket stadium at Pandamaran, Klang, Malaysia, Nepal registered its first ever victory over India in any category of the sport of cricket, by beating its U-19 team by 19 runs. Opening batsman Jitendra Singh contributed 36 runs followed by Bhim Sarki who scored 15 runs. Thakuri exclusively made 36 runs.
After winning the toss, Indian skipper Himanshu Rana invitation for Nepal to take the first strike paid the dividend as Nepal were reduced to 28-2 within 12 overs of play. Had they played out their 50 overs, they should have ideally won. However, skipper holding the fort from one end couldn't do any thing as the wickets tumbled cheaply at the other end.
Nepal U-19: 185 for 8 in 50 overs (Dipendra Singh 88, Aditya Thakare 2/33, Abhishek Sharma 2/38).
In reply, India got off to a flying start as the opening partnership contributed 65 runs in pursuit of 189 runs for victory. Rana was the unquestioned aggressor, smacking seven fours and a six in his 38-ball 46 before becoming first batsman dismissed, bowled by Kamal Singh Airee. Captain Dipendra Singh Airee's excellent batting had put the opponents under control. The game was much in balance until Abhishek Sharma departed in the 40th over for 27 runs. Pawan Sarraf (2) and Shahab Alam (2), the latter of which took the final wicket to send the team and its supporters into frenzy, were the other contributors. They lost their first match of the tournament against Bangladesh by 2 runs.
Nepal were beaten by Bangladesh by two wickets in their tournament opener and will face Malaysia in their next match on Tuesday.
Nepali team along with officials pose for a photo after defeating India in ACC U19 Asia Cup in Malaysia, on Sunday, November 12, 2017.