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Nepal through to Plate final for second time running after thriller with Namibia

Posted by Prabin the सोभित on मंगलवार, फ्रेवुअरी 26, 2008

News from official site: 

Nepal booked its place in the Plate Championship final of ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia on Tuesday with a thrilling four-run victory over Namibia at Johor Cricket Academy.

Namibia was set a target of 144 runs to win after the game had been reduced to 34 overs a side due to rain early in the day. And the Africans almost got there with Raymond van Schoor (48) and Louis van der Westhuizen (33) doing most of the good work.

But this is a highly polished and accomplished Nepal side, particularly in the bowling and fielding departments and, as usual, the reigning Plate champion did not give much away to the batting side. Captain and all-rounder Paras Khadka, having earlier scored 44 with the bat, added two wickets with the ball and as the game went into the final stages, the pressure built on the Namibians.

Raj Shreestha broke a crucial 35-run partnership between van Schoor and Keady Strauss in the dying moments of the game and with 16 runs needed off eight balls, the lower order was not quite up to the task despite the best efforts of Gert Coetzee, who scored an unbeaten nine from four balls.

Earlier, Nepal made 143-8 in 34 overs with Khadka in fine form but Sean Silver (3-20) and Strauss (2-25) kept a lid on it for Namibia.

Nepal will now face the winner of the West Indies and Papua New Guinea, who play in the other semi-final tomorrow at MPTI, Johor. That Plate Championship final will take place at Bayuemas in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.


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  4. From The Kathmandu Post:

    Paras leads Nepal to plate final
    Youngsters defeat Namibia by four runs


    JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia, Feb 26 – Captain Paras Khadka inspired Nepal to a thrilling four-run win over Namibia in the Plate Championship semifinal of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup at the Johor Cricket Academy ground on Tuesday.
    The lanky all-rounder topscored with 44 after winning the toss to take Nepal to a challenging score of 143/8 in the rain curtailed 34-overs match and then took two wickets apart from affecting a run out with a direct hit to condemn Namibia to a narrow loss.

    He braved nausea in the later part of the second innings to marshal his troops rattled by Namibian assault and also bowled the crucial 32nd and 34th overs to take defending champion Nepal to the final. “Paras captained the team very well and handled the bowlers exceptionally under pressure,” Nepali coach Roy Dias lauded his skipper.

    Chasing 144, Namibia made a cautious start under a light drizzle and made just seven runs in the first five overs. The openers then tried to hit out and were dismissed by Amrit Bhattarai and Paras to be reduced to 17/2. “We batted very slowly in the beginning and failed to get the early momentum,” Namibian coach Louis Foster said.

    Nepal looked to be cruising to victory with the Namibians making just 22 runs in the 10 overs but captain LP van der Westhuizen, filling in for regular skipper Dawid Botha, who went back home for his university exams, had other intentions and flayed Nepali bowlers all around the park to put Nepal under tremendous pressure.

    The Nepali fielders buckled under the assault and conceded runs due to poor ground fielding. “Our ground fielding was pathetic. We gave 20-30 runs and could have lost due to it,” Paras conceded.

    The southpaw, who had also topscored with a polished 65 in the group match against Nepal, played a swashbuckling innings of 33 off just 28 balls including three fours and a towering six over midwicket off Raj Shrestha and added 50 runs for the third wicket with No 3 Raymond van Schoor.

    He then played across the line and missed a full toss from Sagar Khadka to be dismissed lbw but van Schoor kept on batting intelligently to keep Namibia in the hunt until the end. “I felt good in the middle but I missed a full toss,” Westhuizen rued.

    Namibia needed 28 runs from the last three overs with four wickets remaining and got 10 runs from an over of off-spin bowled by Paras. Left-arm spinner Rahul BK then took two wickets conceding three runs in the penultimate over to swing the pendulum decisively into Nepal’s favor.

    Schoor lofted Paras to deep mid-wicket off the third ball of the last over but Anil Mandal took a good running catch as Namibia was left to score 13 runs off the last three balls. Schoor topscord with 48 off 73 balls.

    Geri Jan Coetzee hit the last ball for a straight six but Namibia still lost by four runs to suffer yet another narrow defeat against Nepal following the three-run loss in the group game. Apart from Paras and Rahul, Raj also took a couple of wickets.

    Earlier, Paras anchored Nepali innings before getting out in the 33rd over to give respectability to the total after the match started three hours behind schedule owing to persistent rain.

    He made 44 off 63 with three fours and added vital 43 runs for the third wicket with opener Anil Mandal after yet another failure for Gyanendra Malla. Anil got three lives in his 54-ball 23 and looked to be getting into the rhythm before he was run out when Paras sent him back after calling for a single. Opener Mahesh Chhetri also got a life before being dismissed for nine.

    “We gave too many extras and dropped a few catches though our ground fielding was good,” Namibian coach Foster said pointing toward the 21 extras that included 17 wides. Rom Shrestha then made 18 runs off 22 balls with a six and added crucial 27 runs with Paras to lift Nepali run rate above four. Sean Silver took three wickets while Keady Strauss got two for the losing side. Nepal now plays the winner of Wednesday’s match between West Indies and PNG on Saturday.


    NEPAL U-19 Innings R B 4s 6s
    M Chhetri lbw b K Strauss 9 31 0 0

    A Mandal run out R van Schoor 23 54 2 0

    G Malla lbw b G Coetzee 1 4 0 0

    P Khadka c L van der Westhui b K Strauss 44 63 3 0

    A Gupta c M Engelbrecht b S Silver 11 9 2 0

    R Biswokarma c T Louw b B Scholtz 2 10 0 0

    P Thapa c H Ya France b S Silver 6 4 0 1

    Rom Shrestha b S Silver 18 22 0 1

    S Khadka not out 7 6 1 0

    R Shrestha not out 1 1 0 0

    Extras (b0 lb4 w17 nb0) 21

    TOTAL 8 wickets for 143

    FOW : 1-26(M Chhetri); 2-28 (G Malla); 3-76 (A Mandal); 4-82 (A Gupta); 5-95 (R Biswokarma); 6-102 (P Thapa); 7-129 (P Khadka); 8-133 (Rom Shrestha)

    Namibia Bowling : M Engelbrecht 7-0-15-0-4, K Strauss 6-0-2-2-3, G Coetzee 5-0-18-1-1, L van der Westhuiz 4-0-22-0-2, B Scholtz 7-0-39-1-1, S Silve 5-0-20-3

    Namibia U-19 Innings
    S Silver c R Biswokarma b A Bhattarai 7 16 1 0

    C Bouwer lbw b P Khadka 8 31 0 0

    R van Schoor c A Mandal b P Khadka 48 73 2 0

    L van der Westhuiz lbw b S Khadka 33 38 2 1

    E Steenkamp b R Shrestha 1 4 0 0

    T Louw run out P Khadka 7 20 0 0

    K Strauss c&b R Shrestha 15 24 0 0

    M Engelbrecht st M Chhetri b R Biswokarma 0 3 0 0

    H Ya France c G Malla b R Biswokarma 1 2 0 0

    G Coetzee not out 9 4 0 0

    B Scholtz not out 0 0 0 0

    Extras (b0 lb5 w5 nb0) 10

    TOTAL 9 wickets for 139

    FoW : 1-15 (S Silver); 2-17(C Bouwer); 3-67(L van der Westhuiz); 4-68(E Steenkamp); 5-81 (T Louw); 6-116(K Strauss); 7-126(M Engelbrecht); 8-128(H Ya France); 9-131(R van Schoor)

    Nepal Bowling : A Bhattarai 7-0-16-1-2, P Khadka 7-1-29-2,R Shrestha 6-1-23-2-2, S Khadka 7-0-33-1-1, R Biswokarma 7-0-33-2

  5. A official site news:

    Nepal squeeze past Namibia to reach Plate final again
    Tuesday, February 26, 2008

    Nepal is in the final of the Plate Championship of the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup after coming through with a four-run win over Namibia at the Johor Cricket Academy ground on Tuesday.

    The last time the two sides met in a preliminary round match in Penang last week, it was also Nepal who came out winnner by three runs, but both failed to advance to the Super League stage and their path crossed again in Johor Bahru.

    The rain which fell over Johor Bahru in the morning saw the match reduced from 50 overs to just 34 and Nepal, who won the toss, elected to bat. They were 143 for the loss of eight wickets at the completion of their innings with skipper Paras Khadka coming in with a healthy 44 off 63 balls and opener Anil Mandal chipped in with a 23.

    In reply, Namibia looked very much in trouble from the very beginning and a mere 15 runs opening partnership from Sean Silver and Claude Bower off 47 balls only put them under more pressure. Until Raymond Van Schoor’s entry and his contribution of 48 runs before he was caught by Anil Mandar and another 33 from skipper L.P. Van Der Westerhuizen (lbw) steadied the Namibian ship.

    Their 50-run partnership brought Namibia closer to the intended target but it was apparent that the tailenders just could not cope with the speed and the spin of the Nepalese bowlers and they eventually ran out of wickets and overs to overhaul their opponent. And a Gert Van Coetzee six off the final ball for Namibia to reach 139-9 only served to highlight their frustration.

    “We always knew it was going to be close. But looking back I think we ought to have scored 20 runs more to put us in a comfortable position. But Namibia fought hard when defending and the turning point for us was when their skipper (L.P. Van Der Westerhuizen) was dismissed.”

    “They were on a roll then and when he walked off the entire complexion of the game changed. Namibia lost it after that. For us to beat Namibia means a lot too. We are in the final of the Plate and now we have the chance to defend the title we won two years ago,” said Nepal’s Sri Lankan coach Roy Dais.

  6. Nepal fight back to script narrow win

    Cricinfo staff

    February 26, 2008

    Nepal Under-19s 143 for 8 (Khadka 44, Silver 3-20) beat Namibia Under-19s 139 for 9 (van Schoor 48, Shreshta 2-23) by four runs

    Nepal scraped through to the final of the ninth place play-offs with a narrow four-run win over Namibia at Johor Cricket Academy Oval. Chasing 144 in a match reduced to 34 overs a side, Namibia were comfortably placed at 67 for 2 before a middle-order collapse swung the tide towards Nepal. Raymond van Schoor and captain Louis van der Westhuizen added 50 before Westhuizen and Ewaid Steenkamp fell in quick succession to Sagar Khadka and Raj Shrestha.

    Paras Khadka, the Nepal captain, effected a run-out to dismiss Tiaan Louw, reducing Namibia to 81 for 5. van Schoor though was holding up one end, and his 35-run stand with Keady Strauss before Shrestha struck again. But the crucial dent to Namibia’s came into in the penultimate over of the match by Rahul Vishwakarma, his two wickets all but sealed the match, and left them needing 16 off seven balls.

    van Schoor perished in the final over bowled by Paras, and No. 10 Gert Jan Coetzee’s 9 from four deliveries wasn’t enough as Namibia fell short of their target by five runs.

    Besides his two wickets and a run-out, Paras also top scored for Nepal with 44. The rest failed to come good as Namibia chipped in with regular wickets. Strauss, the right-arm seamer, took 2 for 25 while Sean Silver finished with 3 for 20 in five overs.

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