Nepal remained unbeaten in the Youth Asia Cup 2003 in Karachi thanks to a 143-run defeat of Singapore. The result allowed Qatar to qualify for the semi-finals from Pool A. In the other match of the day, United Arab Emirates beat Maldives by eight wickets.
Yashwant Subedi - Nepal Photo © ACC
Singapore needed a victory to reach the last four, but they failed to challenge the strong Nepalese side which outclassed them at the Asghar Ali Shah Stadium to finish on top of Pool A. From Pool B, Malaysia had already booked a place in the semi-finals and they will be joined by the winner of Oman vs Kuwait match who meet at the Quaid-i-Azam Park on Wednesday.
Nepal, batting first, posted a decent 202 for 8 with Yashwant Subedi top scoring with 40. He received good support from Manjeet Shreshta (38) and Shakti Prasad (28). Maxim Mok, with his medium pacers, finished as pick of Singaporean bowlers with 3 for 37. Singapore were dismissed for 59 in 45.1 overs with offspinner Ratan Kumar taking 4 for 20.
At the PCB Regional Academy, Riaz Khaliq, Owais Hameed and Leon Glen shared seven wickets between them to bundle out Maldives for 94 in 35.4 overs. UAE strolled to victory in 21 overs.
Scores in brief:
Maldives 94 in 35.4 overs (Riaz Khaliq 3-27, Owais Hameed 2-4, Leon Glen 2-22) lost to UAE 96 for 2 in 21 overs (Ryan Chadha 26, Ramvir Rai 25) by eight wickets.
Nepal 202 for 8 in 50 overs (Yashwant Subedi 40, Manjeet Shreshta 38, Shakti Prasad 28, Prem Chaudhary 25, Maxim Mok 3-37) beat Singapore 59 in 45.1 overs (Ratan Kumar 4-20, Lakpa Lama 2-2) by 143 runs.
Malaysia v Thailand at National Stadium, Oman v Kuwait at Quaid-e-Azam Park.