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Nepal stun NZ, Ireland lose

Sky Sports Sky Sports 28/01/2016

It wasn't just in the wet of McLean Park in Napier that New Zealand flags flew at half mast. © AFP Photo/Marty Melville It wasn't just in the wet of McLean Park in Napier that New Zealand flags flew at half mast. Captain Raju Rijal top-scored with 48 as Nepal pulled off the first upset of the Under 19 World Cup with a 32-run victory over New Zealand in Group D. 

Rijal and Aarif Sheikh (39) put on 61 for the fourth wicket after Sandeep Sunar (39) had given Nepal a solid foundation after losing the toss in Fantullah.

Kushal Bhurtel weighted in with an unbeaten 35 off 23 balls to propel the total to 238-7 - Nathan Smith the pick of New Zealand's attack with 3-58.

Rachin Ravindra was run out for four early in the chase and Sunil Dhamala bowled Finn Allen for 11 before Glenn Phillips (52) and Josh Finnie (37) put on 72 for the third wicket to rally New Zealand.

But when off-spinner Prem Tamang dismissed both in successive overs to reduce New Zealand to 108-4 the target proved too tough despite 41 from Dale Phillips and Nathan Smith's 24 off 13 balls, the final total of 206 all out off 47.1 overs way short.

<p>Lorcan Tucker's fifty for Ireland proved in vain.</p> © Provided by BSkyB

Lorcan Tucker's fifty for Ireland proved in vain.

Also in Group D, Ireland suffered a 79-run defeat to India despite an impressive stand of 113 off 151 balls between William McClintock (58 off 86 balls) and Lorcan Tucker (57 off 89).

The pair came together with Jack Tector's side in deep trouble at 46-4 in reply to India's 268-9, which featured fifties from Sarfaraz Khan (74) and Washington Sundar (62).

But the innings rather subsided when McClintock was stumped off Zeeshan Ansari aiming to register his fourth six and Ireland were bowled out for 189 in 49.1 overs, Rahul Batham finishing with 3-15.

In Group B, Pakistan cruised to a six-wicket victory as Afghanistan crashed from 98-3 to 126 all out in Sylhet, Hasan Mohsin (3-24) and leg-spinner Shadab Khan (4-9) doing the bulk of the damage after Tariq (53) and Ikram Faizi (19) put on 69.

Pakistan lost captain Gauhar Hafeez for just one before Zeeshan Malik (29) and Mohammad Umar (25) steadied the ship, Hasan Mohsin (28no) completing the job in 31.3 overs.

Sri Lanka turned on the style, too, beating Canada by 196 runs after amassing 315-6.

Opener Kaveen Bandara (61), skipper Charith Asalanka (76), Shammu Ashan (74no) and wicketkeeper Vishad Randika (51) all contributed fifties before Asitha Fernando (2-19) led an impressive bowling display.

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