The National, Friday 24th August 2012
A LOP-SIDED loss to Nepal in the 13th place play-off ended the Garamuts’ U19 World Cup yesterday.
Bowled out for 88 after 33.2 overs was a poor end at the crease for the East Asia Pacific champions.
Nepal (90-4) were clinical reaching the target with 187 balls to spare six-wicket rout.
The PNG batsmen who had form coming into the match showed some of it but did not score freely against the Nepalese attack.
Lega Siaka (18), Dogodo bau (13), Sese Bau (21) and Charles Amini Jr (19) all reached double figures but none could carry on and anchor the innings.
Rahul Vishwakarma’s left-arm turners proved the undoing for half of the PNG card.
The Nepal middle-overs tweaker became a match-winner, taking an astonishing six for three in the space of 6.2 overs.
Albert Geita’s three wickets for 25 was the highlight of the PNG effort while Naresh Budayair (27) and Sagar Pun (20) got the run chase off to a strong start for Nepal.
After the morale-boosting 12-run win over Zimbabwe on Tuesday the effort against a switched on Nepal outfit will serve as a steep learning curve for the the country’s next crop of Barramundis.
In other World Cup results, India (209-9) made the final after beating New Zealand (200-9) by nine runs.
They will take on hosts Australia (193-6) who beat South Africa (191-8) in the first semi-final on Tuesday.