Nepal U19 and Afghanistan U19 missed out on staying alive in the U19 quadrangular One-day series against India A U19 and India B U19 after losing their 2nd consecutive match in the round-robin league phase.
While Afghanistan U19 ran India B U19 real close in their match, Nepal U19 were no match for India A U19 after posting a below par total. Afghanistan U19 showed bit of improvement in their batting, posting 238/9 in their 50 overs and the bowlers did a real good job in picking up 8 India B U19 wickets but lost the match by a narrow margin of 2 wickets in the final over of India B’s chase.
Few individual performances with the bat for Nepal U19 didn’t save them any face as the top and lower-middle order collapsed badly for them and they got bowled out for only 156 in their 46th over. Never a challenge for India A U19, they cruised to the target in the 25th over, losing only 2 wickets en-route to victory.
India A U19 and India B U19 now play a dead rubber on 16th Sep 2016, in what would be a dress-rehearsal for the Final of the tournament, while Nepal U19 and Afghanistan U19 will play against each other in their final group match for crucial bragging rights before meeting again in the 3rd/4th place match on 16th Sep 2018.
With Nepal U19, India U19 and Afghanistan U19 in the same group in the U19 Asia Cup as well along with UAE U19, these last few matches in the tournament will be absolutely vital for all the teams to fine-tune their batting and bowling departments before they head to Bangladesh for the ACC U19 Asia Cup.
Afghanistan U19 238/9 in 50 overs (Reyaz Hassan 100, Arif Khan Dawlatzai 28, Abid Mohammadi 23, Nithish Kumar Reddy 2/37, Rishabh Chouhan 2/39, Pankaj Yadav 2/46) lost to India B U19 239/8 in 49.4 overs (Qamran Iqbal 89, Sameer Rizvi 54, Thakur Tilak Varma 30, Rishabh Chouhan 22, Abdul Rahman Rahmani 3/41, Ijaz Ahmad Mehran 2/16, Nawid Mohammad Kabir 1/30) by 2 wickets
Nepal U19 156 all out in 45.5 overs (Sundeep Zora 66, Trit Das 46, Bhim Sharki 28, Y D Mangwani 4/23, Ajay Dev Goud 4/24, Rajesh Mohanty 1/10) lost to India A U19 157/2 in 24.1 overs (Y V Rathod 59 n.o, Anuj Rawat 47, Prabhsimran Singh 46 n.o, Pawan Sarraf 1/44, Kamal Airee 1/34) by 8 wickets