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ICC World Cricket League Championship:Namibia post 195 run target against Nepal

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KATHMANDU — Namibia has posted a 196-run target against Nepal at the ICC World Cricket League Championship being held at the TU Cricket ground in Kritipur on Saturday.

Winning the toss Namibia had chosen to bat first.

Basanta Regmi took three wickets for Nepal. Sompal Kami claimed two wickets. Sandeep Lamichhane and Paras Khadka took one wicket each.

Namibia made a total of 195 runs losing nine wickets in 50 overs.

Sarel Burger topscored 77 runs including four fours for Namibia. Pikky Ya France made 26 runs including two sixes and two fours off 47 balls while JJ Smit hit the same number of runs including two sixes and one four off 22 balls. Similalry, Gerhard Erasmus contributed 25 runs off 38 balls.

Nepal claimed the seventh wicket with a run out. The ninth wicket was also a run out.

Among the eight teams contesting in the WCL title, the main four teams after playing double round robin league will book their tickets for the World Cup Qualifiers.

Each team has to face every other team in twice in the league. In total, every team has to play 14 matches.

The match will be crucial for both the sides since victory will keep them in contention for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Bangladesh in 2018.

The second match is scheduled for Monday.

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Deadly Nipah virus claims 12 in Indian state of Kerala

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NEW DELHI — At least 12 people in India have died from a rare deadly and contagious virus known as Nipah virus, according to news reports.

Four deaths were reported on Monday, including of a nurse who treated the three initial infections at the EMS Cooperative Hospital in Perambra. The death of the nurse triggered panic among hospital staff who have had their leaves cancelled to treat the sick, Hindustan Times reported

Two deaths were reported from Kozhikode and four from Malappuram district. At least six persons are in critical condition and another 20 are under observation, state health officials said.

It was recorded in Siliguri district in West Bengal in 2001 and is being suspected in Kerala now, according to media reports

Humans get infected by consuming fruit or date-palm sap contaminated by infected bats but while human-to-human transmission through body fluids is rare.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Nipah virus infection is an emerging disease that was first identified in 1999 during an outbreak among pig farmers in Malaysia and Singapore.

The virus is thought to naturally infect fruit bats (of the genus Pteropus), but it can also infect pigs and other domesticated animals, as well as humans, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The virus can also spread from person to person.

CDC says Nipah virus can cause an inflammation of the brain known as encephalitis. Symptoms can include fever and headache, followed by drowsiness, disorientation and confusion. People who are infected with the virus may fall into a coma within 48 hours of showing symptoms, the CDC says.

The virus can be highly lethal, with an average fatality rate of around 75 percent, according to the WHO.

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