Nepal v New Zealand, Under-19 World Cup, Fatullah January 28, 2016

Memories of 2006 inspire Nepal to another triumph over NZ


Nepal Under-19s coach ‎Jagat Bahadur Tamata worked hard on the side's fielding, evident in the three run-outs against New Zealand Under-19s © BCB

Dipendra Singh Airee's throw from the deep-extra cover boundary struck the stumps on the full, running Dale Phillips out and ending New Zealand's chase against Nepal. In the previous over, Airee had swung the match for Nepal, dismissing Nigel Smith and Talor Scott. Near the boundary line, where the reserves were standing, Nepal manager Sudeep Sharma was ecstatic.

Sudeep was elated that Airee, Nepal's finisher with the bat and ball, had closed the match out with his fielding. "Airee is a naturally talented, fit and athletic player. He is an attacking batsman who gives us cameos at No 5 or 6 and bowls good yorkers in the death overs," he said. "Today he threw down the stumps with a direct hit from the sweeper cover boundary, to finish the game."

When asked about Man-of-the-Match Raju Rijal, who had made an important 48, Sudeep said: "Oh you mean captain cool? He is a really cool captain. He bats well and missed out on a fifty today. He has been batting well for a while."

The 32-run win over a Test nation's Under-19 side was just reward for the hard work that the team had put in over the last six months, according to their manager. Part of their motivation also came from the one-wicket win over New Zealand in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup plate final.

"We were definitely aware of our last win over New Zealand," Sudeep said. "The boys were really motivated by that win in 2006. We want to keep our record intact and give respect to the boys who beat New Zealand that time. This win is just fantastic. We are really excited. We have been working very hard for the last 5-6 months. The boys did a tremendous job under coach ‎Jagat Bahadur Tamata."

Sudeep said the team had confidence in their spinners and had felt any score above 230 could be defended. The offspinners Prem Tamang and Sunil Dhamala, left-arm spinner Sushil Kandel and legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane bowled 35 of the innings' 47.1 overs, taking four wickets for 141 runs.

The three run-outs also made a difference. Apparently coach Tamata had been less than satisfied with the side's fielding effort in the warm-up games so he had cranked up the drills in the training sessions leading up to this game.

"The coach really motivated the side for their fielding," Sudeep said. "They practised fielding a lot in the last few days. They were stopping singles and making those three run-outs.

"We knew that anything above 230 was defendable. We have a good spin attack, and we kept confidence in them. Tamang has been playing in this level for the last two years. He is an offspinner who likes to flight the ball. He also has a good quicker ball."

Nepal's next game is on January 30 against Ireland, who were trounced by India, and they are fully focused on qualifying for the second round.

"We are now focused on the next game against Ireland. We want to go match by match but if we can beat Ireland, we have a good chance to go ahead in this tournament," Sudeep said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  •   Saroj Raj Joshi on February 1, 2016, 1:29 GMT

    Well done Nepali team. Lots of wishes from london for remaining games.

  • Barry on January 31, 2016, 2:16 GMT

    Great result for Nepal. As a kiwi, can't help but think poor selection has played a part in this team. Too much nepotism in NZ cricket , even nowadays, especially at youth level. This U19 team has to take some accountability and a full review of the selectors, governance and approach to cricket in NZ needs to be undertaken. This team won't make the playoffs - a disgrace. Totally outclassed . There isn't one batsman in there who looks like he can go the distance. Is this the future of NZ cricket, or is this team just an isolated occurence of poor players, poor selection and poor coaching ? No excuses - what's the plan? Has to start with restructuring how U19 is organised in NZ.

  • shahid on January 29, 2016, 16:16 GMT

    Excelent performance from Pakistan

  •   Hari Bahadur Bhandari on January 29, 2016, 11:27 GMT

    Being a Nepali and following the cricket all the way from 1988, Seen Nepal keep making some glimpse of cricket. ICC must see some serious plan to rise these associate countries. Let's beat India, regardless of results Nepal have better chance to move to next round.

  • Mark on January 29, 2016, 11:07 GMT

    Great result where a good total was scored and then stoutly defended against a test playing nation. ICC needs to expand the game rather than reduce the number of competitors at the senior world cup, as is proposed. Kenya, Afghanistan, Nepal, Ireland: wouldn't it be great to see these guys getting more opportunities?

  •   Bhushan Rai on January 29, 2016, 10:35 GMT

    Congratulations!!! God luck for upcoming matches!!!

  • MANISH on January 29, 2016, 6:27 GMT

    This is the link when Nepal had defeated NZ on plate-championship. Guptil &T Southee were also playing then.

  • Fahad on January 29, 2016, 5:50 GMT

    Congratulations to Nepal. It's always nice to see associates rise up against full members. Nepal youngsters may have a bright future.

  • Arif on January 29, 2016, 4:03 GMT

    Well done Nepal. All the best for the remaining games.

  • Hans Raj on January 29, 2016, 3:40 GMT

    This is quite amazing that even if Nepal wins dominately why do everyone call it a suprise? it doesnot seem u guys looking forward for associate cricket to rise up. Whatsoever congratz Nepal !These moments make us really proud

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