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ICC World Cricket League Championship: Nepal beats Namibia by 5 wickets

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KATHMANDU – Nepal have defeated Namibia by five wickets to enroll their first victory in the ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) match at TU Stadium in Kirtipur, Kathmandu o Saturday.

Sharad Vesawkar topscored 50 runs not out and together with Binod Bhandari he completed half century off 99 balls hitting three fours.

Binod Bhandari made 40 runs, while captain Paras Khadka and opener Gyanendra Malla contributed 21 runs each.

Nepal had made a decent begin however lost two fast wickets of openers Gyanendra Malla and Naresh Budayair in the space of seven balls.

Choosing to bat first subsequent to winning the toss, Namibia made195 runs in allotted 50 overs losing nine wickets.

Notwithstanding some early attack by Namibian openers, spinner Basanta Regmi claimed three wickets and seamer Sompal Kami had two as Nepal confined their rival to 195 runs.

Nepal, languishing at the bottom of the points table before the start of the match, has climbed two places up to sixth after the victory.

Top-four team will progress to the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifiers.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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