Emerging Team’s Asia Cup: India A humiliate Nepal to send them packing

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Harshit Rana celebrates after trapping Kushal Bhurtel in the second ball of the game. Photo: ACC

Kathmandu, July 18

Nepal have crashed out of the Emerging Team’s Asia Cup after being humiliated by India A by nine wickets at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium on July 18.

Winning the toss, Nepal choose to bat first and got off to a horrible start after Kushal Bhurtel was trapped LBW in the second ball to Harshit Rana.

The young Indian bowlers continued to trouble the Nepali batters as they struggled with pace and bounce as the team was reduced to 37 for five by the 10th over.

Rajvardhan Hangargekar along with Rana, who have played in the IPL, got rid of Nepal’s top and middle order with relative ease.

Captain Rohit Paudel put up a 50-run stand with Sompal Kami and Gulshan Jha to take the score over 100 but as all three got out, Nepal were reduced to a bellow par score of 167 as left-arm orthodox spinner Nishant Sindhu proved too good for the Nepali lower order.

In reply, India reached the total with relative ease. The experience of playing in pressure situations meant Sai Sudarsan and Abhishek Sharma, took the game away from Nepal 139 run stand between them.

The Nepali bowlers did not trouble the due as they helped India to a comfortable win by the 23rd over.

Nepal’s captain Paudel took the only wicket of the Nepali innings.

With this loss, Nepal are out of the tournament after losing to both Pakistan A and India A. They will play a dead rubber against the UAE on July 19.

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