In the match held earlier today at the Bayuemas Oval, a cricket stadium at Pandamaran, Klang, Malaysia, Nepal registered its first ever victory over India in any category of the sport of cricket, by beating its U-19 team by 19 runs. After winning the toss and putting the opposition in, the Indian lads restricted Nepal to 185/8 off 50 overs. In reply India caved in for 166 runs in 48.1 overs with Airee once again the star performer with the ball as well, taking out four key Indian wickets. From 91 for 1, India lost 5 for 40 in 10 overs as Dipendra wreaked havoc, with support from Pawan Sarraf and Shahab Alam, who picked up two wickets apiece.
In its sixth contest against India, this is Nepal's first victory in any form of cricket. Nepal, who lost their opener to Bangladesh by two wickets on the DLS Method, run into Malaysia, also on the same day. Captain Dipendra Singh Airee's excellent batting had put the opponents under control. But after the departure of Naim Bangladesh went on to lose quick wickets at regular intervals, forcing the required run-rate well over nine runs per over at one point of the game. Opener Jitendra Singh Thakuri too scored 36, which helped Nepal reach a decent score. Kamal Singh got the first wicket of the innings and then the India U-19 started to tumble. They were dismissed in the space of 12 runs but not before helping their team post a fighting total. Apart from Airee and Singh, only Bhim Sharki (15) was able to score runs in double figures. Kalra scored 35 off 69 balls that included three boundaries. India's Aditya Thakare (2-33) and Abhishek Sharma (2-27) shared four wickets between them. In the match, captain Rana scored 107 off 130 balls. Even there they have won only 3 out of 11 contests.
A version of this article appears in print on November 13, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.