Nepal in ICC WC qualifiers

Nepal in ICC WC qualifiers

Nepal scored a total that has become unimaginable giving poor batting performances with captain Paras Khadka getting a classy century, still UAE beat Nepal by 7 runs to claim the World Cricket League Division 2 title at the Wanderers. Nepal and UAE were both coming off victories against Canada and Namibia respectively.

UAE elected to bat and got off to a steady start. After Pervez bowled a wide, KC scampered for a single in the final ball to ignite wild celebrations in the Nepali camp.

Paras partnered with Dipendra Singh Airee (35) to add 73. Basant Regmi was the stand out bowler for Nepal taking three wickets for 34 runs, with the Asian team now travelling to Zimbabwe for the qualifier. Two balls later, Malla fell to a carbon copy of his dismissal from a day earlier, caught lacing a pull to short midwicket off the medium pacer Amir Hayat, who ended with four wickets.

Ashfaq was named Man of the Match for his century. He clattered two more, over extra cover and long-off, to eclipse Ashfaq by four runs as the tournament's leading scorer with 241 runs. He finished ahead of Ashfaq who is second four runs behind him with 237.

Nepal will now join one-time cricketing giants West Indies, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, the Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the 10-team World Cup Qualifiers scheduled for March 4-25. "We want to do well and help Nepal cricket grow", Khadka said.


Sandeep Lamichhane receives Player of the Series award.

Khawar Ali's all-round show handed Oman the fifth position as they downed Kenya by five wickets with three overs to spare on Thursday.

Brief Scores: Kenya 253 in 49.5 overs (Shem Ngoche 66; Bilal Khan 5-40, Khawar Ali 3-48) lost to Oman 257/5 in 47 overs (Khawar Ali 112*; Dhiren Gondaria 2-17) by five wickets.

Nepal captain, Paras Khadka gave his reaction at the end of the match: "I can't speak, the last wicket made 50 odd runs, cricket is just a victor today".

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