For the first time in its sports history, the Nepali U-19 cricket team won over the Indian team in the recent match, held at Bayuemas Oval in Malaysia on November 12, 2017 as part of the ACC U-19 Asia Cup 2017.
In this 50-over ACC U-19 cricket match, Nepal batted first and set a score target of 186 runs for the Indian team with Dipendra Singh Airee alone scoring 88 runs.
Apart from Dipendra, Jitendra Singh (36) and Bhim Sarki (15) were those who scored double-digit in the Nepali team.
Then, the Indian cricket team made a good start with Himanshu Rana and Manjot Kalra who scored 60 runs in the first 10 overs.
However, the pace did not continue long because of a dashing bowling performance by Kamal Singh Airee of Nepal, who took the first wicket, of Rana’s, in the 13th over.
This gradually boosted the confidence levels of the Nepali team and Dipendra, who had performed well in batting, displayed his bowling performance also by taking the last three wickets driving the Indian team to defeat with 11 balls remaining.
Pawan Sarraf (2) and Shahab Alam (2) were among other Nepali bowlers who performed well after Dipendra (4).
India finally lost the match to Nepal at 48.1 overs with 166 runs.
“Rahul Dravid, the Indian U-19 cricket coach, congratulated us. He said we deserved this win as much as anybody else. He also said we played better than anybody else in the tournament. We are happy he acknowledges our effort. We are thrilled to have his support with us,” said Binod Kumar Das, the Nepali U-19 cricket coach.
This is the sixth attempt that is coming as a great encouragement for the Nepali cricket team after facing a series of defeats against the Indian team in two U-19 World Cup and three U-19 Asia Cup matches.
Earlier to this match, Nepal had lost against Bangladesh and is now heading for its next fight with the Malaysian
U-19 team in its final group match on November 13, 2017.