ICC WCL Div II final: Nepal get 278-run target against UAE

17-year-old Nepal cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane. | Image Courtesy @SandeepLamichhaneOfficial

17-year-old Nepal cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane. | Image Courtesy @SandeepLamichhaneOfficial

In the last over, Nepal needed eight runs and Cecil Pervez bowled four dot balls but Karan hoisted him for a six in the fifth ball.

The victor of today's match will join West Indies, Ireland, Nethelands and Papua New Guinea in Group A. The runner-up will join Group B comprising Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and Afghanistan.

Canadian team, which saw three straight wins in the tournament, was short of a single victory either over Namibia or Nepal for gaining an entry to the World Cup Qualifier tournament, and has finally lost it out.

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Chasing 195, Nepal were down and out at 144 for 9 before the last wicket added 51 runs and secured the win off the last ball.

Karan KC, who was the hero of the match against Canada, Sompal Kami and Basanta Regmi failed to make double digit score today.

Earlier on Wednesday, Khadka was dismissed for a golden duck during the match against Canada. The top two teams in the qualifier will qualify to play the World Cup.

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Paras 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. 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", said Nepali captain Paras Khadka, elated at the winning performance of his team.

For the UAE, Rohan Mustafa (3-31) played a key role with his off-breaks and the last Namibian wicket in the 50th over by Rohan helped UAE keep a healthier net run rate to nose ahead of Canada after three teams finished with six points.

Gerhard Erasmus (58, 63b, 3×4, 2×6) was yet again the stand out batter, whose attempt to get Namibia across the line was not quite enough.

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