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Nepalese debutant Rhinos nailed Kiwis in a 32- run thrilling encounter in the 6th match of ICC U-19 in Fatullah , Bangladesh.
Airee's heroic all-rounding performance sealed Nepalese first ever victory over a test playing nation NewZealand after 8 years. Back then, Nepal thrashed Zimbabwe with a record 93 win in the 2008 U19 World Cup in Malaysia.
New-Zealand won the toss and put Nepal to bat in a bowling friendly pitch, Nepal tootled in the first 19 overs scoring just 68 runs loosing 3 wickets. Skipper Rijal(48) and Sheikh(39) framed up Nepal's innings scoring 61 runs together.
Bhurtel's sparkling innings of 35 from 23 balls alongside Singh(24) and Airee(16) , sets a reasonable score of 238/7 in 50 overs. Smith took 3 wickets (Sheikh,Singh&Airee) from NewZealand.
The pitch-favored bowlers, NewZealand too had a turtle start chasing down the target. A total of just 103 runs for 3 wickets in 26th over put kiwis under pressure. GD-Phillips's marvelous innings of 52 couldn't just get enough to secure victory for kiwis. Nepalese Rhinos were energetic on the field, their athletic fielding effort yielded 3 run out.
Tamang's splendorous bowling spell(38/2) dipped Kiwis winning hope. The dismissal of GPhillips(52) and Finnie(37) in the successive 2 overs by Tamang shattered Kiwi's lower order batsmen. Although skipper Rijal was awarded 'Man of The Match' , It was Airee who glued into millions Nepalese heartthrob with his all-rounding performance. Airee dismissed the last 4 batsmen with one crucial run out of DN-Phillips(40), who could have change the fate to kiwis. Airee finished with 24/3 in 5 Overs taking 2 crucial wickets in the death overs. Kandel(29/0) was the least economy bowler for Nepal.
Nepal will play their second match this Saturday against Ireland --Jan 30, 2016 (09:00 local | 03:00 GMT | 05:00 EET)
Note : All of the Nepalese players are debutant. What could be more entertaining than a maiden victory in the maiden world cup appearance.
Youth ODI debuts - Aarif Sheikh, DS Airee, K Bhurtel, S Dhamala, S Kandel, YS Karki, S Lamichhane, Rajbir Singh, R Rijal, S Sunar and P Tamang (Nepal Under-19s)Scorecard: