Nepal qualifies for WC Qualifiers as Karan KC glorifies as savior

Published On: February 14, 2018 09:21 PM NPT

KATHMANDU, Feb 14: Nepal has been qualified for the ICC World Cup 2019 Qualifiers to be held in Zimbabwe next year.  Nepal has defeated Canada by one wicket with zero balls remaining.

In the final match of the ICC World Cricket League Division Two held at Windhoek in Namibia on Wednesday, Nepal met the target of 195 runs set by the Canadian team. 

Opener Gyanendra Malla made nine runs whereas captain Paras Khadka returned to the pavilion without scoring a single run. Karan KC came up as a savior to rescue the team to the winning situation scoring highest 42 runs for Nepal including three sixes and four fours off 31 balls. Likewise, Dilip Nath hit 41 runs with five fours of 68 balls. Karan KC has been awarded as Man of the Match. 

Earlier, Canada had set Nepal a 195 –run target in their final match. Canada was sent in to bat first after Nepal won the toss; they scored 194 runs in the allotted 50 over, losing eight wickets.

Right-hand batsman Srimantha Wijeratne scored highest unbeaten 103 runs studded with eight fours off 152 balls, Hamza Tariq made 24 runs including two sixes off 30 balls while Satsimranjit Dhindsa contributed 18 runs including one six off 19 balls. 

For Nepal Basant Regmi took three wickets conceding 34 runs in 10 overs, Sandeep Lamichhane grabbed two wickets giving away 40 runs in nine overs while Sarad Vesawkar and Karan KC grabbed one wicket each giving away 21 and 33 runs respectively. It was a must-win game for Nepal to qualify for the ICC World Cup 2019 Qualifiers to be held in Zimbabwe.

With this, Nepal has promoted to division one and has qualified for the ICC World Cup 2019 Qualifiers to be held in Zimbabwe next year. 


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