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Pattinson bowls Australia to a resounding victory over Nepal

Posted by Prabin the सोभित on मंगलवार, फ्रेवुअरी 19, 2008


our hero for this match RAHUL BK

(News from Malaysian site)

Australia defeated Nepal by 96 runs to chalk up their second successive Group C win in the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup match at the Malaysian University of Science ground on Tuesday.

Both teams made several changes in their line-up. The Australians introduced Kirk Pascoe, James Pattinson and Clive Rose for Sarna Kumar, David King and Jeremy Smith while on the opposite end the Nepalese included Rom Shrestha and Antim Thapa as replacements for Puspha Thapa and Abhaya Rana.

Nepal won the toss and elected to field first, a decision that did not really go down well as the Australian openers Phillip Hughes and Kirk Pascoe went about their business with no pressure, blasting away the Nepalese bowling machinery for a 62-run first wicket partnership.

Kirk Pascoe hit a six off Amrit Bhattarai to reach the 50-run mark at the end of the ninth over. Nepal brought in spinner Shrestha after 10 overs to stem the flow of runs and looking for the first break through. It worked as Shrestha bowled Pascoe off the first ball in the 15th over not before belting 37 runs off 39 balls laced with five boundaries and a mighty six. Seven balls later Shrestha took the big wicket of Australian captain Micheal Hill when he had him caught by Aakash Gupta at deep long on for 12 runs with the total 74 for the second wicket.

At the first interval for drinks, Australia reached 79-2 off 17 overs.

Shrestha claimed his third wicket that of Steven Smith in the 23rd over, caught by Sagar Khadka for 17 soon after the hundredth run was up on the scoreboard.

Hughes (46) and Michael Cramer then put up a 48-run partnership for the fourth wicket before Hughes was stumped by Mahesh off B.K. Rahul, four short of his half century. Cramer was then caught by Gyanendra Malla off Antim Thapa’s bowling for 32 as the Australians raced to 65 in the 40th over. Going for quick runs Australia lost James Faulkner (22), James Pattinson (10) and Daniel Burns (0) in quick succession to the bowling of Paras Khadka, who was operating off a shorter run up with spin rather than his normal pace. Australia’s tally was at 195-8 then.

O’Brien was stumped off Rahul for three runs before Clive Rose parried the total to the 200-run mark with two just overs remaining. Khadka removed Josh Hazlewood with three balls left in the penultimate over (2 runs) before the Aussies innings crumbled for 206. Clive remained unbeaten on four.

Paras had match figures of 4-32 in 9.3 overs, Shrestha shined with 3-32, Rahul B.K. celebrated 2 for 34 runs and Thapa had 1-21.

In reply, Nepal got off to a torrid start when Mahesh Chettri was brilliantly run out by a direct hit from Hughes with the score at 16. The next several overs were a comedy of errors committed by Nepal as they lost three quick wickets – Pattinson had Anil Mandal caught behind by O’Brien for one and at the very next ball dismissed skipper Khadka leg before for a golden duck. Pattinson then had Malla caught by Steven Smith at second slip for 17 as the Asian champions were left reeling at 36-4 in the 10th over.

Clive Rose had Sagar Khadka caught in the cover region by Hill for six off the first ball in the 16th over as Nepal moved to 53-5. Clive also removed Shrestha for 11 when he had him caught by Hill at close range with Nepal staring defeat at 62-6 in 18 overs. Thapa was than dismissed leg before to Clive for one run. Aakash Gupta soon followed and it was a matter of time for the innings to be folded. Shrestha was caught and bowled by Steven for a duck but a stubborn last wicket stand of 44 runs between Rahul (unbeaten on 33) and Bhattarai (9) delayed the finish. However Steven had Bhattarai caught by Hill to end Nepal’s resistance at 110.

Pattinson who finished with bowling figures of 3-25 was duly named the Man of the Match.

“The pitch was rather dry and very hard and I had to hit the deck hard for the ball to do its bit,” said Pattinson, adding that he achieved some bounce with his pace measured at around 125km to claim the three wickets that broke the hearts out of the opposition.

“When we removed opening batsman Mahesh Chhetri, it actually set the tone for us to bowl our hearts out for a comfortable victory.”

Rose and Smith took three wickets each respectively at the expense of 21 and 25 runs while Josh Hazlewood chipped in with the one wicket for 26 runs.

A disappointed Nepal team manager Tarak Mani Dixit said the Australians deserved to win for their all-round performance. “The Australians batted, fielded and bowled well and they never gave my boys easy runs to score,” said Tarak, adding that Pattinson’s splendid bowling spelt was disastrous for his team early on.


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