Fatullah: It took just two days for the 2016 ICC Under-19 World Cup to spring its first upset as Nepal U-19 beat New Zealand U-19 by 32 runs in its first Group D encounter at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Thursday.
Put into bat in bowling-friendly conditions, Nepal rode on skipper Raju Rijal's 48 and healthy contributions from Sandeep Sunar (39), Rajbir Singh (24) and Kushal Bhurtel (35 not out) to post 238 for 7.
It could have finished with more, but Nathan Smith struck thrice between the 42nd and 48th over to keep the batsmen under check.
After that, the bowlers put up a disciplined effort to bowl New Zealand out for 206 in 47.1 overs.
Starting its chase, New Zealand lost two wickets within nine overs before Glenn Phillips, the opener, and Josh Finnie, the captain, stitched a 72-run partnership and kept the chase on track. But, the innings fell apart after Prem Tamang, the offspinner, struck twice in two overs.
He had Phillips caught at deep square-leg by the substitute fielder for 52 in the 26th over, and then caught Finnie off his own.
Nepal U19 - 238 for 7
New Zealand U19 - 206 all out
Result - Nepal U19 won by 32 runs