Kuala Lumpur, Jun 26: Spinner Vikas Mishra took four wickets to help India thrash Nepal by 81 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method in the Under-19 Asia Cup here at the Bayuemas Oval on Tuesday.
The convincing victory here has put Indian in the semi-finals. They will play Sri Lanka on June 29. Pakistan and Afghanistan will battle it out in the other last-four game on June 28.
After a disappointing batting performance, India bowlers put the team back with a magnificent showing. Left-arm orthodox spinner Mishra was the star with the ball. Mishra won the Man-of-the-match award in this Group A fixture.
Rain had threatened to spoil both teams' chances but once the weather cleared, India bowlers restricted Nepal to 91 all out in 27.3 overs after the target was revised to 173 from 47 overs.
Sent into bat, India were bowled out for a paltry 176 in 45.2 overs. Bhuvan Karki was the pick of the bowlers for Nepal with figures of three for 23 in nine overs. Rahul Vishvakarma too had three scalps for 35 runs in 9.2 overs.
For India, Baba Aparajith was the top scorer with 55 runs. The next best came from captain Unmukt Chand with 47.
Aparajith hit two fours in his patient 87-ball knock. Chand struck seven boundaries and a six.
After the completion of India's innings, it started raining. For more than an hour, play was not possible. Once the showers stopped, the target was revised to 173 from 47 overs.
As Nepal began their chase, India bowlers struck very early. They reduced Nepal to 20/5 in 12.3 overs. From this precarious situation, there was no coming back for Nepal and they surrendered in the 28th over. They were bowled out for just 91.
Nepal's top five batsmen were dismissed for single-digit scores. Number nine batsman Karki was the top scorer with 24.
Brief Scores: India 176 all out in 45.2 overs (Baba Aparajith 55, Unmukt Chand 47, Bhuvan Karki 3/23, Rahul Vishvakarma 3/35) beat Nepal 91 all out in 27.3 overs (Bhuvan Karki 24, Vikas Mishra 4/33, Sandeep Sharma 2/11, Mohsin Sayyed 2/14, Harmeet Singh 2/27).