Nepal in Cricket World Cup qualifiers after thrilling win over Canada


Both teams had already confirmed their spots in the World Cup Qualifiers on Wednesday (February 14) and met in the final by virtue of finishing in the top two.

Nepal were indebted to an unbroken 51-run stand for the final wicket between Lamichhane and Karan KC, who hit the winning run off the final ball to chase down 195. Whether it was Mohammad Naveed's medium pace in the 48th, or Mustafa's offspin in the 49th, UAE's bowlers restricted Khadka with pinpoint accuracy on a yorker length, as Nepal entered the final over needing 28. "Things have just worked out for us, we have been working so hard for all these years and eventually it has happened for us, I am speechless". Canada's opening batsman Wijeratne scored a century and remained unbeaten even as wickets tumbled. I feel for Canada, one in a million times you would win those games.

"The fans back home are one of our biggest inspirations and we always thank them".

Nepal and the UAE have qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 in Zimbabwe after a thrilling finish in today's matches at the ICC World Cricket League Division 2.

Gerhard Erasmus (58, 63b, 3x4, 2x6) was yet again the stand out batter whose attempt to get Namibia across the line was not quite enough.

For UAE, Hayat claimed 4 wickets.

Khadka and Dipendra Airee added 73 for the third wicket, though it was aided by some sloppy keeping from Ghulam Shabber, who dropped Airee twice and also fluffed a regulation stumping chance off Khadka on 22, when the Nepal captain charged at legspinner Imran Haider and was beaten by a googly. To score over 254 runs against Namibia, after we were 100-4, so much credit to the guys.

Similarly, Gyanendra Malla contributed 24 off 25 balls including one four while Dilip Nath made 13 off 29 balls smashing two boundaries. Muhammad Usman (59, 57 balls, three 4s, two 6s) also played aggressively that gave them a respectable total of 247 for 6 in 50 overs.

Sharad Veswakar was sent back to pavilion with 30 off 37 balls including three boundaries while Arif Sheikh scored seven runs off 11 balls with two fours.