Here comes an interesting update about Nepal’s national U-19 cricket team for ICC U19 World Cup Qualifier Asia 2019!
Despite four wins against Malaysia, Oman, Singapore and Kuwait, Nepal failed to see the expected success in the ICC U19 Qualifier tournament. The team lost the chance to enter the ICC World Cup Cricket 2020 after its failure in a match against UAE on April 13, 2019.
UAE won all the five matches and will now move to the main ICC U19 World Cup event!
Here are some highlights about Nepal U19 Team’s performance in the tournament:
Match 5 of the tournament saw an intense fight between Nepal and Kuwait teams.
The match began with Nepalis winning the toss and choosing to field first.
Kuwait team stepped in to bat and made a slow start. Driven by Noman Budroo’s 70-run score and single-digit scores by many others, the team managed to score 157 runs in 49.4 overs for the loss of all wickets.
RK Paudel, followed Nepali bowlers Rashid Khan, Surya Tamang and Kushal Malla, was the highest wicket-taker from Nepali bowling side.
Then Nepalis began their batting innings in a massive way and did not take much time to finish the set target. Gautam began his batting high on confidence and scored 62 runs in 84 balls. Next in the order, Sarraf also exhibited his outstanding performance by with 53-run score in 61 balls.
Aasif Sheikh continued the spirit and scored 33 runs in 20 balls. In partnership with Jora, he drove the team to the winning streak. Nepali batsmen finished their target within 28 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets at 5.71 run rate.
Gautam grabbed the ‘Player of the Match’ title!
The Match-4 of the ICC U19 tournament saw Nepal and Oman facing each other. Oman won the toss and chose to field first.
Nepali team stepped in to bat with Gautam and Sarraf as openers. Openers made a slow start scoring 10 runs and 5 runs, respectively. Then came Basnet, who also scored just 15 runs.
Next, in the order, Paudel stood as the game-changer by scoring 75 runs in 81 balls, giving the major boost to the team’s scorecard.
Next to Paudel stood Pratis as the second highest scorer with 41 runs in 23 balls, followed by Sharki with 39 runs in 43 balls.
At the end of the innings, the Nepali team scored 229 runs in 43.2 overs, at a 5.28 run rate, for the loss of all wickets.
Then stepped in Oman team making a slow start. Despite sincere attempts, the team had a tough time facing Nepali bowlers. Starting with openers, all the team members made only single-digit scores finally falling short of the target. The team was all-out for 79 runs!
Sarraf stood as the highest wicket taker of the match with 3 wickets, followed by Pratis GC (2) and Surya Tamang (2), among others.
Rohit Paudel was announced ‘Player of the Match’!
Continuing the winning streak, Nepal won their third match in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Asia 2019 against Malaysia. Nepal beat Malaysian U19 team by 8 wickets in just 13 overs!
The winning team initially won the toss and elected to field first.
Aslam Khan and Wan Amirul opened the match for the Malaysian team but to no avail. Khan was bowled at the very third ball of the match owing to a joint runout from HB Chauhan and KS Airee. On the other hand, Amirul made just 7 runs from 17 deliveries.
The game continued on a slump until Iezzat Daniel Fiqry came by and single-handedly gave the team 37 runs off 55 deliveries. Finally, Malaysia wound up the game with a total of 92 runs at 33.5 overs.
Nepali bowlers Pawan Sarraf and Kushal Malla remained the highest wicket-takers, claiming ‘six’ Malaysian wickets (three each).
Then came Nepal’s turn. The team began the batting innings with Rit Gautam and Sarraf, who registered a whopping 58 runs to Nepal’s credit.
Next in line, Aasif Sheik and Captain Rohit Kumar Paudel registered 26 and 6 runs, respectively. wrapped up its game with 95 runs in 13 out of 50 overs.
Nepal not only made a strong defense but also displayed a splendid batting performance throughout the match.
Nepal’s Pawan Sarraf was again named ‘Player of the Match’. Congratulations once again Team Nepal!
Stay tuned for more interesting updates on the ICC U19 World Cup Qualifier Asia 2019!
Nepal makes a winning start in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Asia 2019! The Nepal U19 team met Singapore for its first match for the Asia Qualifier at Kuala Lumpur on April 12, 2019.
Singapore won the toss and elected to field first.
Nepal Opening batsmen Rit Gautam and P Sarraf registered 1 and 47 runs respectively, giving Nepal a decent start. Doubling Sarraf’s score and becoming the highest scorer in the team, Paudel then made a contribution of 95 runs for his team.
Besides these players, B Sharki’s 26 runs, KS Airee’s 31 runs and Rashid Khan’s 48 runs helped the team wind up their first Asia Qualifier match with a magnificent 282 runs in 46 overs.
Then came Singapore’s turn. The team’s batting line began with SH Venugopal and A Chabria registering a score of 18 and 2 runs, respectively.
However, Chabria’s stint ended with a partnered run out by Rashid Khan and Kushal Malla.
Besides I Sawney (28) and Venugopal (18), all the other players were able to make single digit runs. Thanks to Nepal’s strong line of defense on the field!
In all, Singapore was able to make a total of just 65 runs after losing all wickets in 31 overs.
Nepal’s Pawan Sarraf was named ‘Player of the Match’.
Congratulations Team Nepal!
Hope the young lads keep up their good work and lead Nepal to the U19 World Cup Trophy.
Nepal has finally announced a 14-men squad part of its U-19 team for the tournament scheduled to be held in Malaysia during April 10-18, 2019.
As per the announcement on April 02, 2019, the team has roped in some experienced players from the senior national cricket team who played in UAE tour.
Nepal’s new cricket sensation Rohit Poudel, known as the youngest half-centurion in international cricket, is leading the team.
The team also has another world record holder Sundeep Jora, known as the youngest half-centurion in T20I cricket, alongside the former Youth Asia Cup captain Aasif Sheikh and the off-spinning all-rounder Pawan Sarraf, among others.
Pace bowlers Rashid Khan and Kamal Singh Airee and left-arm spin bowlers Sagar Dhakal and Surya Tamang are among the key bowlers in the team.
All-rounder Kushal Malla, wicket keeper Hari Bahadur Chauhan, batsman Avishek Basnet and left-arm pace bowler Pratish GC were among the newcomers willing to check their luck part of the squad.
Poudel was confident about the new squad and is hopeful about the newcomers’ entry.
“The players know their role, which is a good thing heading into a crucial tournament. We are feeling good collectively with our performances in the recent practice tour. There are few experienced players in the squad which certainly makes my job easier in the middle. We can always talk to each other in difficult situations,” Poudel said in a statement.
Welcoming the newcomers, he stated, “The newcomers are always refreshing. They bring new ideas in the team. Pratish has done well swinging the new ball and also bowling well in death overs.”
Hari Bahadur Chauhan was elated on his first-ever selection for the national team.
“This will be my first time as a wicket-keeper batsman. The team required a back-up keeper for the tour and the coach trusted me to do justice with the role. He had seen me wicket-keeping for Dhangadhi Stars during DPL. He also had given me few matches with gloves during the practice tour of India,” Chauhan said in a statement.
Nepal national U-19 cricket team is scheduled to fly to Malaysia on April 6, 2019. With no practice matches in prior, the team will face UAE, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore and Kuwait in a single round-robin format to secure its spot (from the Asian region) in the U19 World Cup scheduled to be held in South Africa in 2020.
All the matches of the tournament are planned to be played at Kinrara Oval, Bayuemas Oval in Klang and at the UKM Oval stadiums in Bangi.
All the matches will be played in a 50-over format and are most likely to be ‘day games’ starting at 9:30 am of the local time.
Nepal will face Singapore in its inaugural match of the tournament on April 12 at UKM Oval.
The previous edition of Asia qualifiers saw Afghanistan beat Nepal in the final to secure its spot in the 2018 edition of U19 World Cup in New Zealand. Now a test nation, Afghanistan has automatically qualified for the upcoming edition of the world cup in South Africa in 2020.