Nepal won the Asia Cricket Council (ACC) U-19 Eastern Region 2019 cricket tournament as they beat Hong Kong by six wickets in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday. With this Nepal have qualified for the 2019 ACC U-19 Asia Cup slated for August in Sri Lanka.
Nepal had won the toss and elected to field first in the final match at Kinrara Oval Stadium today.
Batting first, Hong Kong barely managed to score a measly total of 95 runs in 43.1 overs before being all out.
In response, Nepal riding on the opening partnership of 52 runs between Rit Gautam and Pawan Sarraf, chased the target in just 16.1 overs scoring 96 with the loss of four wickets.
Opening batsman Sarraf top scored 39 off 36 balls with 5 fours and 1 six before losing his wicket to Mohammad Hassan.
Gautam scored 13 runs off 14 balls while Khadak Bahadur Bohara added eight runs off 22 balls. Skipper Rohit Kumar Paudel scored 12(10) with one boundary before getting caught out by Nasrulla Rana in Raunaq Kapur’s ball.
Raunaq Kapur claimed 2-15 from 2.1 overs, while Mohammad Hassan and Mohammad Hassan Khan took a wicket each for Hong Kong.
Earlier, Hong Kong batsmen were swept away by the ferocious bowling attacks of Sagar Dhakal and Kamal Singh Airee.
Sagar Dhakal was the pick of the Nepali bowlers taking 5-18 from his 10 overs. Meanwhile, Airee claimed 3-23 from eight overs further disrupting the pace of the Hong Kong batsmen. Kushal Malla and Tilak Raj Bhandari grabbed one wicket each.
Dhakal was declared Player-of-the-match.