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Nepal U19 bowlers set up victory over Singapore

By Nischal Tiwari,

Kathmandu – Skipper and leg-break bowler – Sandeep Lamichhane grabbed five-for as Nepal U19 team cruised to a four-wicket win over Singapore in the first match of ICC Asia Under-19s World Cup Qualifier 2017 at Singapore Cricket Club, Padang on Monday.

Playing XI:
Sandeep Sunar, Aasif Sheikh, Pranit Thapa Magar, Dipendra Singh Airee, Anil Sah, Prakash KC, Rohit Kumar Paudel, Pawan Sharaff, Kishore Mahato, Shahab Alam and Sandeep Lamichhane

Toss:
Nepal U19 won the toss and invited Singapore to bat.

1st Innings:
Sandeep Lamichhane’s leg-break bowling helped them to restrict Singapore for a mere 73 runs in 29 overs.

Sandeep Lamichhane
Nepal U19 captain at the toss. Photo: Raman Shiwakoti

Singapore had to toil hard to get the runs from the start. It was Kishore Mahato’s left-arm pace bowling that did the damage up front, giving an early breakthrough for the team. He chipped in with two wickets (6-3-25-2) in his six overs with three maidens.

Singapore kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and had no plan B against any of the Nepalese bowlers. Sandeep Lamichhane’s experience came handy for his side as he grabbed five-for in just eight overs. He also produced two maidens and gave away 21 runs.

For Singapore, Brigu Iyer was only the batsman who looked comfortable at the crease. He managed to score 42 runs in 39 balls with 6 fours and a six. Opener Sean Agarwal managed 11 runs in his 33 balls.

Slow left-arm orthodox bowling from Shahab Alam earned him three wickets (6-1-12-3). Meanwhile, Rohit Kumar Paudel remained wicket-less but he had the best economy (5-1-8-0) in the match. His five overs produced only 8 runs with one maiden.

Fall of wickets:
1-4 (Rohan, 4.6 ov), 2-17 (Sean Agarwal, 11.1 ov), 3-21 (Sidhant, 13.3 ov), 4-22 (Yuvraj Singh, 14.1 ov), 5-23 (Hanshul Deep, 15.2 ov), 6-23 (Aryaman Sunil, 15.5 ov), 7-26 (Janak Prakash, 17.5 ov), 8-50 (Bikram, 25.5 ov), 9-54 (Aahan, 27.5 ov), 10-73 (Brigu Iyer, 28.6 ov)

2nd Innings:
Batting second with a target of just 74 runs, Nepal U19 team had few hiccups. It’s been the same old story for any Nepalese age-level team in the recent past. They lost their opener Sandeep Sunar very early for just 1 runs (9 balls). Aasif Shiekh followed him soon after contributing a boundary to his 5 balls-inning.

The team management and the fans had a great expectation from the solid batsman Dipendra Singh Airee but he didn’t have a great with his bat and was soon trapped in front for just 2 runs in his 12 balls.

Nepal lost their well-set batsman Pranit Thapa Magar at 11th over and started to struggle at 42 for 4. Before departing, Magar scored 23 runs from 26 balls.

Pranit Thapa Magar
Pranit Thapa Magar smashed 23 off 26 balls against Singapore. Photo: Raman Shiwakoti

Anil Sah played a brisk inning of 19 runs off 22 balls, including three boundaries to help his team reach the target.

Finally, Rohit Paudel and Pawan Sharraf’s unbeaten innings of 11 and 4 respectively, helped Nepal U19 with a four wickets victory over Singapore.

Fall of wickets:
1-2 (Sunar, 1.5 ov), 2-9 (Aasif Sheikh, 3.3 ov), 3-31 (Airee, 7.5 ov), 4-42 (Magar, 10.1 ov), 5-61 (Sah, 14.3 ov), 6-69 (Prakash, 16.2 ov)

Summary:
Singapore U19 – 73 (29.0 ov)
Nepal U19 – 77/6 (17.3 ov)
Nepal U19 won by 4 wickets (with 195 balls remaining)

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Handy information for Nepal Telecom users

By Nischal Tiwari,

Here are few handy information for the Nepal Telecom users.

To activate new Pre-paid Sim card

Dial 1415

To know your phone number

Dial *9#

To check your prepaid balance

*400#

Recharge from your Recharge Card

Dial *412*pin#

To activate Mobile Data

Dial *1415#

To activate Ringback tone

Dial *1455#

To activate Call Waiting option

Dial *43#

 

For more details, see www.ntc.net.np

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Spin is the key to success against Namibia

By Nischal Tiwari,

Melbourne – Did you follow the recently concluded Afghanistan v Namibia in ICC Intercontinental Cup at Greater Noida in India? Spin attack was the key to success against Namibia for Afghanistan team, isn’t it ?

Namibia struggled to cope up with Afghanistan’s off-break bowler – Mohammad Nabi, in the first inning and collapsed for 172 runs in 62.1 overs. Nabi grabbed the five-for in his 20.1 overs giving way just 25 runs with 8 maidens (20.1-8-25-5). Similarly, Chinaman bowler – Zahir Khan clinched three wickets in his 10 overs alongside the Legbreak googly, Rahmat Shah, who had one scalp to his name. In total, nine wickets went to spin in the first inning for Afghanistan in the slow turning pitch in Greater Noida.

In the second innings, Namibia once again struggled the Wear and tear wicket and bundled out for 126 runs and lost the game by an innings and 36 runs. Zahir Khan was the pick up the bowler as he clinched five wickets (8-0-31-5). Nabi also grabbed two wickets as well.

All these scenario makes Nepal team to think about their bowling strategy against the Namibians, although its not a red cherry match. But, we have to admit that, Namibia will struggle against Spin bowling.

Nepal team has picked up U19 Legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane, Left arm orthodox Shakti Gauchan, Offspinner Basant Regmi, left arm orthodox Sushan Bhari, Sagar Pun off-spin allrounder and Prem Tamang to their side but the team management will have a hard decision to pick their Playing XI during the match.

Everyone knows T.U. Cricket Ground is a spin friendly ground and is slow in nature. The winter has finished in Nepal and is warmer during the days. It all gives Nepal the upper hand in terms of bowling in these two matches against Namibia. The pitch prepared for these two matches has no contrast at all and will be spin friendly.

Sandeep Lamichhane who is just 15 years and bowls the leg spin is likely to get his debut in the senior team. He has already impressed the world in the recently concluded ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh. The Nepali version of Shane Warne might have a crucial spell at T.U. Ground.

Sushan Bhari, 21, is another upcoming star bowler who has a similar bowling style like Shakti Gauchan, will also be key bowler, if he gets a chance in the playing XI.

The current squad looks impressive and balanced with both experienced and upcoming stars in the bowling department.

Nepal are currently placed at the bottom of the table without any win in four matches they have played. Spin bowling will create more chances for them but batting is also a concern same time for them.

Nepal team has not played competitive cricket since ICC WCL Championship against Papua New Guinea in November 2015. They had lost two of their matches in the spin friendly pitches in Abu Dhabi as well.

In overall, whatever the batting form Nepalese batsmen or the medium pacers are in, will also effect the outcome of the match, but the key to success to win these two matches will be definitely Spin bowling at the other end.

 

Published at http://cricnepal.com/2016/04/nepal-vs-nambia-spin-bowling-15609.html

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