Rit Gautam has scored a fabulous century as Nepal thrashed Singapore by 217 runs in their Group A match of the ACC U-19 Eastern Region cricket competition at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia today.
Batting initially, Nepal gained 326-4 in their allocated 50 overs before packing Singapore for 109 runs with 65 balls to spare. With the 2nd sequential victory in the three-team pool area, Nepal topped the group with four details, two a lot more than Singapore. The two edges had already made semi-finals berths at the expense of China, who lost each the matches.
On Friday, Nepal produced a bright begin with openers Rit Gautam and Pawan Sarraf entering 92 runs inside 15 overs. Sarraf was dismissed for 45 off 41 balls that involved 10 boundaries. Gautam then along with Khadak Bahadur Bohara to contribute 131 runs for the second wicket. Bohara struck 12 fours in his run-a-ball 90.
Nepal after that lost Bishal Bikram KC ( one ) and skipper Rohit Kumar Paudel ( seven ) inexpensively before Gautam and Kushal Malla began to take the team past the 300-run mark with the 82-run partnership for the thorough fifth wicket. Gautam continued to be unbeaten on 137-ball 115 that involved 10 fours and a six, while Malla played a 23-ball cameo striking four boundaries and five sixes in his 51 not out.
Gautam grew to become the first Nepali cricketer to score centuries in U-16 and U-19 tournaments. He had scored an unbeaten 106 runs against Myanmar in the U-16 Eastern Region Tournament in 2017. Pranav Sudarshan Rajesh Krishnan (2-81) and Vinit Chittesh Mehta (2-56) expressed four wickets between them for Singapore.
Kushal Malla after that struck two times in the space of four runs to Singapore under stress at 45-4. Malla stuck Singapore skipper Vinit Chittesh Mehta (five) leg before the wicket in the 16th over before dismissing Yatish Arora (three) in his next over. Tilak Raj Bhandari needed Vedant Chincholkar (naught) caught by Sagar Dhakal to ensure it is 46-5 inside 19 overs. Singapore then missing the last five wickets for 59 runs.