Sandeep Lamichhane’s hat-trick and fifer helped Nepal to win the 2nd match of the Group D and secure their spot in the quarter-final of 2016 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Ireland U19 chose to bat first after winning the toss at Fatullah. Irish colts started their innings very slowly. Once Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane came into the bowling attack, the Irish batsmen collapsed in front of him. In his 4th over, Lamichhane took hat-trick after dismissing Lorcan Tucker, William McClintock and Fiachra Tucker in three successive balls. At the end, Ireland managed only 131 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 50 overs as Lamichhane picked up 5 wickets and finished with the figure of 10-0-27-5. Harry Tector scored the highest runs of 30 runs for Ireland U19.      

Chasing down the tiny total, Nepal lost their first wicket in very first ball. But after that, they chased down the total by smoothly. Nepal took just 25.3 overs to reach the target after losing only 2 wickets. Nepal batsman Yogendra Singh Karki remained unbeaten at 61 runs.

Lamichhane was awarded player of the match for his outstanding performance in the match. With this win, Nepal U19 secured their place in the quarter-final of the tournament. Currently, they are at no.2 in the Group D points table with the same points (4 points) of India U19 but behind from the net run-rate. Nepal U19 will face India U19 on 1st February at Mirpur.     

Brief Scores:

Ireland U19- 131/9 in 50 overs (Harry Tector 30*, Jack Tector 27, Sandeep Lamichhane 5/27)

Nepal U19- 132/2 in 25.3 overs (Yogendra Singh Karki 61*, Aarif Sheikh 31*, Joshua Little 1/17)

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