Nepal defeat S’pore by 4-wicket in Asia Cup Qualifiers

KATHMANDU: Nepal crushed Singapore by 4-wicket and 131 balls to spare to secure the second consecutive win of Asia Cup Qualifiers played at Bangi, in Selangor of Malaysia today.

Nepal’s spinner duo Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi, Sandeep Lamichanne took three wickets each and spearhead Sompal Kami scalped two wickets to restrict Singapore to 151 all out in 42 overs.

Chetan Suryawanshi top-scored for S’pore with 60 runs off 88 balls studded with eight hits to the fence and a towering six towards cow corner.

Nepal’s Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi receiving man of the match trophy. Courtesy: Raman Shiwakoti

Slow left-arm orthodox bowler Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi was adjudged man-of-the-match for his impressive figure of 9-1-27-3.

Nepal raced to victory in 29th over and kept its hopes alive of making it to Asia Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates.

In reply, Nepal resuffled opening combination made a formidable start as they combined for 50-run opening stand.

Nepal lost opener Anil Sah in the 11th over, as he was cleaned up by Subramaniam peach of a delivery which nipped back after pithching on off stump line to rattle the timbers, with 56 runs on the board.

He made a quick fire 43 runs off 32 balls with five smashing cover drives and two massive sixes over to long on region.

At one stage, Nepal were reeling at 72 for 3 after losing opener Subash Khakurael and skipper Parash Khadka in the 14th over. Khadka fell cheaply for run-a-ball 11 runs with a four.

Dipendra Singh Airee, Nepal’s mainstay in the middle order, played another match-winning inning of 33 runs off just 34 balls with three fours and a six.

He and Sagar Pun fell in the 28th over leaving the team still in need of four runs, with all but the victory secured with four wickets in hands. Opener Gyanendra Malla dropped to middle order contributed 29 runs in the winning cause.

Singapore bowlers Selladore Vijayakumar, Anantha Krishna took two wickets each and Karthikeyan Subramanian, Sharan Swaminathan chipped in with a wicket each.

After today’s victory, Nepal climb to fourth place in the six-team table. The top two teams will qualify for the upcoming Asia Cup slated for September 15 in UAE.

Earlier, Nepal had defeated the hosts Malaysia by 19 runs. In the final fixture of the campaign, Nepal will take on Hong Kong at the same ground on Tuesday.

Source: Himalayan



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