(Updated) ACC U-19 Asia Cup: Nepal register historic victory against India

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India had beaten Malaysia by 202 runs in their opening match on 10 November.

This is the first time that Nepal registered a victory over India in any cricket match.

India's U-19 team, coached by Rahul Dravid, suffered a shocking 19-run defeat against Nepal in an Asia Cup match at Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. It was Nepal's captain who was the all-round star as he collected four-wickets and smashed 88 runs in 101 balls.

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India opted to bowl after winning the toss and restricted Nepal to 185 for 8 in 50 overs with Aditya Thakare and Abhishek Sharma grabbing two wickets apiece. Dipendra, who received little support while batting, received good support from his fellow bowlers to claim the final three wickets and bowl out the Indian side with 11 balls to spare. A defeat to Nepal places the Men in Blue in a tough spot as they take on a high-rated Bangladesh side on November 14. Opener Jitendra Singh Thakuri too scored 36, which helped Nepal reach a decent score. Thakuri exclusively made 36 runs. Had they played out their 50 overs, they should have ideally won. Kamal Singh got the first wicket of the innings and then the India U-19 started to tumble.

In reply, India got off to a flying start as the opening partnership contributed 65 runs in pursuit of 189 runs for victory. Captain Dipendra Singh Airee's excellent batting had put the opponents under control.

However, Abhishek Sharma tried to revive the innings with 27 runs but other batsmen failed cheaply as a dramatic lower order collapse felt short of 19 runs for victory. Jitendra Singh Thakuri scored a scratchy 36 and Pawan Sarraf and Shahab Alam chipped in with a couple of wickets each, but it was more of an Airee show than anything else. In the first match of the tournament, they had defeated hosts Malaysia t the Kinara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur. Nepal, who lost their opener to Bangladesh by two wickets on the DLS Method, run into Malaysia, also on the same day.

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