India comfortably defeated Nepal by seven wickets with a massive 30 overs to spare in their Group D match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup match in Dhaka on Monday. India won the toss and put their opponents in to bat. They had a very slow start as they lost Sunil Dhamala for a duck in he first over when he scooped one to mid-off.
Yogendra Singh Karki ( 7) and Sandeep Sunar put on a steady partnership of 19 runs before the former departed too. Sunar had to rebuild with Raju Rijal and had some luck himself as he served up a scare on 17 when he was dropped in the slips. They managed to get their side to 48/1 before Rijal was caught in the slips for six.
Sunar stuck around scoring 37 runs before he was back in the hut. The new man at the crease was Rajbir Singh who contributed a handy 35 as he watched the wickets of Aarif Sheikh (26), Dipendra Singh Airee (1) and Kushal Bhurtel (6) tumble around him, before he too departed with his side on 146/8. Prem Tamang (29 not out) and Sushil Kandel (3 not out) held things together to see their side to 169/8 at the end of their 50 overs.
In reply the Indians made light work of the Nepalese target as Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan put on a healthy 124 partnership before the former was castled by Tamang for 78. They went on to lose two more wickets; Ricky Bhui (7) and captain Kishan (52) but they were lead over the line by Sarfaraz Khan (15 not out) and Armaan Jaffer (12 not out) with 30 overs to spare. The result sees the boys in blue maintain their unbeaten run and top Group D with six points.
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