Nepal stuns Pakistan, Namibia shocks Lanka

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Christchurch: Nepal caused a major shock in the ICC Under-19 World Cup when it beat Pakistan by 30 runs, and Namibia completed a good day for the minnows of the tournament with a stunning four-wicket win over Sri Lanka. Just 24 hours after giving England a scare, Nepal went one better on Tuesday in Christchurch by beating a highly-rated Pakistan side to earn its first ever victory at any level against a Test playing nation. The result has left Pakistan needing to beat England on Friday to guarantee qualification for the Super League phase, but Nepal can book its place in the next round if it overcomes Papua New Guinea. The foundation of Nepal's victory was laid by an elegant innings of 42 off 87 balls by vice-captain Bardan Chalise that lifted his side's total to a respectable 151 all out. It was a target that Pakistan should have reached without too much fuss, but the loss of early wickets put them under pressure, and the impressive left-arm spinner Kanishka Chaugai took three for 19 to complete a famous victory for Nepal. Pakistan was largely to blame for its own downfall with several batsmen losing their wickets to poor strokes, but Nepal deserved its success following a tidy performance with both bat and ball. "This is a great result for cricket in Nepal," said Nepal's Sri Lankan coach Roy Dias. "The chaps did very well to beat a side as experienced and talented as Pakistan's. The performance against England gave us confidence. "This tournament is a learning process for our boys but this result will give them a big boost. Cricket is not a big sport in Nepal and the facilities are poor which makes it a great achievement for us to beat a Test playing nation. "I'm very proud of my team and everyone in New Zealand now knows that Nepal has a good cricket team." While Nepal was beating Pakistan at Lincoln Green a short walk away, Namibia was earning its first ever victory in an Under-19s World Cup as it beat Sri Lanka at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval. Sri Lanka was dismissed for just 141 by Namibia with seamer Burton Van Rooi recording excellent figures of four for 27 from 8.5 overs. Van Rooi bowled a good line and length, and with support coming from Michael Greeff, who took three for 25, Namibia gave it self a great chance of victory. Sri Lanka refused to give in and with Namibia struggling at 52 for five it looked as if the second seeds were going to avert disaster. Namibia needed to rebuild and its innings was resurrected by a partnership worth 56 between Van Rooi and Colin Steytler, with the latter making 43. That partnership took Namibia to within 38 runs of victory and the win was completed by Van Rooi, who finished 29 not out, and Tobias Verwey, who made 20. "We kept Sri Lanka under pressure from the start," said Namibia's coach Werner Jeffrey. "Our guys bowled really well and we believed in ourselves when we were batting. We are working hard on developing cricket at the grass roots level in Namibia and are taking it out into the rural areas. This is the next stage of our development." The thrills were not just confined to Christchurch with Canada and Bangladesh battling out an exciting tie in Auckland. Bangladesh made 213 for seven from its 50 overs with Ali Aman hitting an unbeaten 49. Canada went into the last over needing 11 for victory, but despite Ashiqur Rahman sending down two wides, it still needed five off the last ball. Ashish Bagai, who made an unbeaten 82, hit the final ball for four to earn a tie. Scotland earned its first points of the tournament with a five-wicket victory via the Duckworth/Lewis method. Kenya had made 113 for five from 34.2 overs when the rain ended its innings. Scotland's revised target was 125 from 25 overs and thanks to some solid hitting from Moneed Iqbal it got home with two overs to spare.

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