Nepal lose to Kuwait, bow out of ACC U-19 winlessBhavsar single-handedly guides Kuwait to win with an unbeaten 175 runs to chase 240-run target in 48.5 overs.
Nepal bowed out winless after they faced one wicket defeat against Kuwait in their last match of the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup at the ICC Academy Ground No 2 in Dubai on Tuesday.
Kuwait's opening batter and captain Meet Bhavsar single-handedly guided the Gulf nation to victory as he played an unbeaten knock of 175 runs between the sides already out from the semi-final race.
Put into bat first, Nepal were bowled out for 239 runs in 42.3 overs after Bibek Magar and Basi Ahamad scored half centuries each while Mohammad Aadil Alam was one run short of 50. Chasing the target, Kuwait made 241-9 with seven balls to spare on the back of Bhavsar's prolific performance who smashed Bibek Yadav for a boundary in the last ball.
Earlier, Magar hit 50 off 71 that included six fences while Ahamad played 61-ball 56. He hit seven fours and a six. Alam contributed 42-ball 49 with two boundaries and five sixes. Sher Malla (21 runs) Dipesh Kandel (15 runs) and Arjun Saud (10 runs) were other players to reach double digits figures.
Kuwaiti bowlers Mirza Ahmed and Adbul Sadiq grabbed three wickets apiece while Henry Thomas and Mohammad Bastaki pocketed two scalps each.
In the run chase, the players-of-the-match Bhavsar cracked 24 boundaries and a six in his 149-ball knock. Jude Saldanha was the only other player to score in two digits for Kuwait contributing 25 runs.
Nepal's Gulshan Jha picked three wickets while Sher Malla, Basir Ahamad and Bibek Yadav shared two wickets apiece.
Nepal, who had lost against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the first two matches, finished winless in the four-team group while Kuwait walked away with consolation victory.