India lost to Nepal by 19 runs    Getty Images
India lost to Nepal by 19 runs Getty Images

India faced a shocking defeat to Nepal in the Under-19 Asia Cup 2017. At the Bayuemas Oval, Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, India won the toss and put Nepal to bat. Aditya Thakare got India to a good start, removing two of the top batsmen early. Nepal skipper Dipendra Singh built the turning partnership with Jitendra Singh Thakuri. Dipendra s 88 led Nepal to 185 for 8 at the end of their 50 overs. Thakuri was the second-highest scorer of the innings, and only three players scored in double-digits.

Though India started off well, skipper Dipendra ran through the middle order to restrict India at 166. Openers Himanshu Rana and Manjot Kalra built up a big partnership but the middle order faltered. Rana s 46 was the highest by any batsman in the innings. Dipendra picked up 4-for and led his team from front. Pawan Sarraf and Shahab Alam picked up 2 wickets each. Nepal bundled India for 166 with 1.5 overs still remaining, registering a 19-run victory.

Nepal’s opportunity for ODI status?
Nepal’s opportunity for ODI status?

Brief scores

Nepal U-19 185 for 8 in 50 overs (Jitendra Singh Thakuri 36, Dipendra Singh 88; Aditya Thakare 2 for 33, Abhishek Sharma 2 for 38) beat India U-19 166 in 48.1 overs (Himanshu Rana 46, Manjot Kalra 35; Dipendra Singh 4 for 39, Pawan Sarraf 2 for 24, Shahab Alam 2 for 11) by 19 runs.