It was the Raju Rijal led Nepal U-19 side who managed to clamber upon a high flying New Zealand U-19 side in the current edition of U-19 World Cup. The wing can be considered as a huge upset in the very early stages of the tournament and as a huge moral boost for the underdogs.
The Nepal U-19 were put to bat by the New Zealand captain and they managed to take the score up to 239, thanks to the handful of contributions from opener Sandeep Sunar, capatain Raju Rijal and Kushal Bhurtel. It was an astonishing display of nerves and top quality fielding that aided in fettering the New Zealand chase and restricting them to 206, 32 short of the target.
The win can only help in fomenting the young Nepalese side who can be revered as the new dark horses. The captain Raju Rijal states that they are in exuberant spirits after the win, but stresses on the fact of taking one game at a time and to perform fairly against the test playing nations. The team would be careful on not looking far too ahead of themselves and are trying to get to the super 8 stage first.
The win also opens up the Group D nicely, as barring India who looks set to qualify for the next round, the rest 3 would indulge in an intense embroilment to secure the second spot in the table. But that’s a fight for the next day, for now the young Nepalese prodigy would like to thrive on the team’s success and celebrate this win with much alacrity.