The India U-19 team crashed to a stunning 19-run defeat to Nepal in the ongoing U-19 Asia Cup at Bayuemas Oval, Kuala Lumpur. This is the first time Nepal have defeated India in cricket at any level.
This is the sixth time Nepal have faced India. All previous five matches--two in the U-19 World Cup and three in the U-19 Asia Cup--against India had resulted in defeats.
Put into bat by India, Nepal batsmen put up a fighting total of 185/8 in 50 overs. In reply, India was all out for 166 in 48.1 overs. India captain Himanshu Rana top-scored with 46. For Nepal, captain Dipendra Singh Airee was the all-round star as he picked four wickets --- Atharva Taide, Abhishek Sharma, Shiva Singh and Mandeep Singh --- after scoring 88 in 101 balls.
Social media platforms in Nepal have gone into a tizzy after the win. Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and other top politicians have already congratulated the team.
The loss is a huge setback for India, who next face a highly-rated Bangladesh side on Tuesday. India had beaten hosts Malaysia by 202 runs on Friday. They still lead Group A with two points and an excellent NRR of 1.83.
Nepal put on a scintillating display of both batting and bowling to stun the tournament favorites India with a 19-run victory during the ACC U-19 Asia Cup held at the Bayuemas Oval in Pandamaran, Klang, Malaysia.
Nepal, coached by the former bowler and captain Binod Das, successfully defended their 188 runs, by bowling out India, coached by former captain Rahul Dravid, for 166 runs in 49 overs of their allotted 50 overs, to emerge with 19 runs victory, in the crucial encounter.
Nepali skipper Dipendra Singh Airee played a captain knocks of 88 runs in just over 100 deliveries with six hit to the fence and a towering six over a cow corner before returning with the ball to torment Indian’s innings with four scalps.