U19 World Cup: New Zealand beat Nepal by 64 runs

U19 World Cup

Kathmandu, January 21

Nepal lost to New Zealand by 64 runs in their first match of the ICC U19 World Cup in East London, South Africa on Sunday.

Chasing 303 runs to win, Nepal could only manage to reach 238/9 in their allotted 50 overs.

Arjun Kumar top-scored for Nepal with 90 hitting 12 boundaries. Similarly, Captain Dev Khanal contributed 36 followed by 13 from Subhash Bhandari and 17 by Tilak Bhandari.

New Zealand’s Mason Clarke took three wickets while Ewald Schreuder and Oscar Jackson took two wickets each followed by one wicket each by Matt Rowe and Jack Coming.

Before this, winning the toss and opting to bat first in the Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium, New Zealand had posted a target of 303 runs at the loss of eight wickets in 50 overs. Snehith Reddy was impressive with the bat as he put on 147 runs in 124 balls.

Captain Oscar Jackson and Reddy combined for a partnership of 157 runs for the fourth wicket taking New Zealand to an impressive score. Jackson scored 75 runs off 81 balls.

For Nepal, Subash Bhandari took three wickets followed by two from Gulsan Jha and one each from Tilak Raj Bhandari and Akash Tripathi.

Nepal will take on Pakistan on Wednesday.

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