The ACC U19 final between Nepal and Hong Kong at the Kinrara Oval in Malaysia witnessed an extraordinary incident in which the toss had to be reconducted after the coin failed to land on either side and instead stood upright. It was a one of a kind incident which has been known to occur in Hindi films but not in a cricket field. The match officials and the umpire couldn’t help but share a laugh as they witnessed the bizarre incident.
It was the Nepal U19 captain who spun the coin which had failed to land on either side on the first attempt. The coin got stuck into the side of the pitch causing it to stand upright on its edge. The umpire and the match officials as well as the two captains in the middle were found clicking pictures of the coin before it was flipped again. It was Nepal U19 who won the toss and elected to field this time around.
Watch the video here:
The Asian Cricket Council took to Twitter to share the pictures of moment and captioned it with the title, “How often do we see this?”
The bizarre coin toss also caught the eye of the ICC Twitter handle who retweeted it with the caption “Have you ever seen anything like this before?!”
Nepal U19 eventually went on to win the game and clinch the title beating Hong Kong U19 by 6 wickets. Hong Kong suffered a batting collapse of epic proportions and were bundled out for 95 runs in 43.1 overs. Sagar Dhakal wreaked havoc, claiming figures of 5/18 in his quota of 10 overs that also included five maidens. Rahul Sharma top-scored for Hong Kong U19 with a 71-ball 24.
Nepal U19 chased down the target in 16.1 overs for the loss of 4 wickets. Nepal’s Pawan Sarraf was the top-scorer of the match with his 36 ball 39. Dhakal was adjudged the Man of the Match for his impressive performance. With the six-wicket win over Hong Kong, Nepal not only stayed unbeaten in the tournament but also qualified for the next edition of the ACC U19 Asia Cup to be held in Sri Lanka in 2019.