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ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier: Nepal beat Papua New Guinea by 9 wickets

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KATHMANDU —

Nepal defeated Papua New Guinea by 9 wickets in their first match of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier at Kinrara Academy Oval of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on Thursday.

After winning the toss and opting to field first, Nepal bowled PNG out for only 48 runs in 28.2 overs. For Nepal, Sunil Dhamala claimed five PNG wickets giving away just 7 runs in 8.3 overs while Arif Sheik snatched three wickets.

For PNG, Lohia Guba and Nou Toua scored with 13 and 11 runs. Only these two PNG batsmen reached double digit scores in the match.

Nepal chased the target of 49 runs in 9.1 overs with the loss of just one wicket. Opener Sandeep Sunar judged LBW out for just four runs. Sunil Dhamala and Yogendra Singh Karki made 24 and 16 runs respectively for the team.
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Five countries including Nepal, the United States of America, Ireland, Uganda and Papua New Guinea are locking their horns for the title.

The winner will make it to the U19 World Cup Championship to be held in Bangladesh next year.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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