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Nepal Captain ‘Speechless’ After Thrilling Entry Into 2019 WC Qualifiers



Nepal Captain 'Speechless' After Thrilling Entry Into 2019 WC Qualifiers

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Dubai: Nepal captain Paras Khadka was left “speechless” after his aspect fought again from the brink of defeat to beat Canada on Wednesday and ebook a spot at subsequent month’s 2019 cricket World Cup qualifying match.On the ultimate day of the World Cricket League Division Two group stage in Namibia, Nepal had been indebted to an unbroken 51-run stand for the ultimate wicket between tailenders Sandeep Lamichhane and Karan KC, who hit the successful run off the ultimate ball as they chased down 195.

”I can’t speak, the last wicket made 50 odd runs, cricket is just a winner today,” Khadka mentioned.

“I feel for Canada, one in a million times you would win those games. 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.”

The 17-year-old leg-spinner Lamichhane, who would be the first-ever Nepalese IPL participant in April with the Delhi Daredevils, had earlier taken 2-40 as Canada posted 194-Eight from their 50 overs.

At 144-9 with solely 7.5 overs left, Nepal regarded set to overlook out on a spot on the qualifiers in Zimbabwe, however Canada failed to carry their nerve as Karan struck 4 sixes in a match-clinching unbeaten 42 from 31 balls.

Nepal have by no means reached the World Cup earlier than, however Wednesday’s win continued their rise in the direction of cricket’s higher echelons, having been in Division Five alongside the likes of Fiji and Singapore as just lately as 2010.

“The fans back home are one of our biggest inspirations and we always thank them. We want to do well, and help Nepal cricket grow,” Khadka added.

The United Arab Emirates may also compete in Zimbabwe for a spot at subsequent 12 months’s match in England and Wales, after edging out Namibia by 19 runs.

The UAE edged by on internet run-rate after ending second within the desk behind Nepal, stage on factors with Canada and Namibia.

“We have fought back after losing to Nepal, and worked really hard so I feel we deserve to be going to Zimbabwe,” mentioned skipper Rohan Mustafa, who took Three-31 together with the ultimate wicket.

The UAE want to attain a second successive World Cup, after dropping all six of their group-stage matches in 2015.

Nepal will tackle Papua New Guinea, Ireland, the Netherlands and two-time World Cup winners West Indies in Group A of qualifying, with the UAE to face Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Scotland and Hong Kong in Group B.



First Published: February 15, 2018, 9:14 AM IST


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