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Could Nepal really qualify for the Cricket World Cup?

Could Nepal really qualify for the Cricket World Cup?

The Nepal team secured a spot in the next phase of qualifying after a miracone-wicketket win over Canada to finish top on the ICC World Cricket League Division Two competition.

On the final day of the World Cricket League Division 2 group stage in Namibia, Nepal were indebted to an unbroken 51-run stand for the final wicket between tail-enders Sandeep Lamichhane and Karan K.C., who hit the winning run off the final ball as they chased down 195.

Earlier, Srimantha Wijeratne's maiden List-A hundred had pushed Canada to 194 for 8 as the opposition spinners Basant Regmi (3/34) and Lamichhane (2/40) tightened the noose on the batsmen.

At 144-9 score with the last 7.5 overs remaining, Nepal had nearly thought of losing it out.

Under pressure Pervez bowled a wide leveling the score and gave away a run in a low fulltoss the last ball as Nepal celebrated wildly for an unlikely victory.

"I can't speak, the last wicket made 50 odd runs, cricket is just a victor today", Khadka said, reported AFP.

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"I feel for Canada", said Nepal captain Paras Khadka.

Pervez took three wickets for 41 runs for Canada (3-2). Only two sides will qualify from this tournament to join the top eight teams for the 2019 World Cup in England.

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

The hosts were shot out for 228, giving the UAE a place in the World Cup qualifying tournament to be held in Zimbabwe from March 4-25.

Hamza Tariq (24) was the second highest scorer while Dhindsa got 18 not out and Saad Bin Zafar got 10.

The defeat for Canada was heartbreaking as they slipped to third place behind the UAE on a poor net run rate.


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