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15-member cricket squad announced for ACC U-19 Asia Cup

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KATHMANDU — The national cricket squad to play in the 2017 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup has been announced on Sunday. The international cricket tournament is scheduled to be held in Malaysia from November 9 to 20.

Dipendra Singh Airee is the captain of the 15-member team announced by a selection committee comprising U-19 team coach Binod Das and ACC representative Venkatapathy Raju.

The final name list of players for the tournament was declared among 19 players remaining in the closed training session.

Rohit Kumar Poudel, Sandip Lamichhane, Sandip Sunar, Anil Kumar Shah, Pawan Sarraf, Aasif Sheikh, Kishore Mahato, Shahab Alam, Prakas KC, Kamal Singh Airee, Bhim Sarki, Pranit Thapa Magar,Rashid Khan and Jitendra Singh are in the squad.

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Likewise, Sndeep Jora, Bikram Kumar Bhusal, Ankit Subedi and Bijay Chaudhary have been chosen as alternative players.

The team is leaving for Bangladesh Monday to play three practice matches with the Bangladeshi U-19 team.

Eight countries with the ‘test status’ including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan are taking part in the tournament.

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Nepal defeats Thailand in opening match

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KATHMANDU — Nepal defeated Thailand by 134 runs in the Group A opening match of the ACC U-16 Eastern Region Tournament at the Terdthai Cricket Ground in Bangkok on Monday.

Nepal won the toss and scored a total of 179 runs in the allotted 50 overs in the Group A match played at Terdthai Cricket Ground, Bangkok.

In reply, Thailand was bowled out for paltry 46 runs in 19.3 overs after Nepal’s Narayan Joshi claimed five wickets.

Joshi gave Nepal an early breakthrough when he bowled Thiraphat Konthong for a duck in second over and claimed two scalps in the fourth over dismissing skipper Kongkidakon Rueangrotchanchai and Phiriyapong Shanchuai in the first and fourth balls respectively.

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Similarly, Chiraphong Liangwichian was run out in the fifth over as Thailand were reduced to 4-4 before Joshi bowled Patiphan Satphanit (two) in the eighth over.

Joshi then Kittiphat Daorueang (3) caught by Ajay Kumar Loniya in the 10th over to complete his five-wicket haul as Thailand lost first six wickets with just 21 runs on the board.

Thailand were then reduced to 23-9 after Surya Tamang claimed two wickets and Nikhil Kumar Singh claimed one.

Nepal made a positive start to the innings with its opening duo Kushal Malla and Rajan Magar creating a 33-run partnership for the first wicket. Malla made 13-ball eight whereas Magar scored 17 runs facing 18 balls.

But, Nepal came under pressure after losing the third and fourth number batsmen Bishal Bikram KC (5) and Rit Gautam (16).

Trith Raj Das, who came to bat at fifth number, rescued the innings smashing 57-ball 39. He was supported by middle-order batsman Sunil Bhandari who made 23 runs in 33 deliveries. Das built a 36-run partnership with Bhandari for the fifth wicket.

Similarly, Pratis GC contributed 12 runs while Nikhil Kumar Singh made six runs. Kokiad Chatwong was pick of the Thai bowling as he bagged three wickets.  Kongkidakon Rueangrotchanchai and Chiraphong Liangwichian added two wickets each.

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Thiraphat Konthong and Sarawut Maliwan claimed one wicket each for Thailand.

Host Thailand’s batting owe continued with Kongkidakon Rueangrotchanchai becoming fourth batsman to be dismissed for a duck as he was run out after just three ball.

Kokiad Chatwong was the top scorer for Thai team with 11 runs. He was also the only batsman to touch double-digit figure for the host.

Surya Tamang claimed two wickets for Nepal while Nikhil Kumar Singh and Bishal Bikram KC added one wicket each.

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