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ICC World Cricket League II: Nepal defeat Kenya by 3 wickets

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KATHMANDU — Nepal defeated Kenya by three wickets in their fourth match of the ICC World Cricket League Division II match on Monday in Namibia.

In the last over of the innings, Nepal still required six runs, with four wickets in hand to chase down 178 runs amassed by Kenya. But Nepal sealed the much needed victory after Sompal Kami tucked last ball of the innings away to leg side and fielder coming from deep fails to pick it up cleanly leaving Nepali batsmen enough time to scamper for second run.

Spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who earlier took five wickets and bowled five maidens, was declared the man of the match.

Rohit Kumar Paudel top scored 47 runs off 86 balls, followed by Aarif Sheikh 42, and Captain Paras Khadka 42 and Sarad Vesawakar chipped 19.

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Earlier, Nepal won the toss and invited Kenya to bat first in which the latter posted 177 runs by losing eight wickets in the allotted 50 overs. Skipper Paras Khadka opted to field first in a crucial encounter of the campaign with a place at world cup qualifier at stake.

IA Karim scored the highest 42 runs off 100 balls and and AA Obanda scored 41 off 46 balls for Kenya. Emmanuel Ringera took three Nepali scalps while Odhiambo brothers and Ngoche chipped in with a wicket each.

Man-of-the-match Lamichanne bamboozled Kenyan batsmen with five wicket haul of his leg spin bowling. He was pick of the bowlers with 10-5-20-5.

Basanta Regmi, Sompal Kami and Sarad Vesawkar chipped in with a wicket each.

With this victroy, Nepal is inch closer of sealing a berth at the 2019 World Cup qualifier to be held next month in Zimbabwe as the top two team from the ICC WCLD II will make it to the World Cup qualifier.

With the victory, Nepal won three matches and lost one and are still in contention for a top-two finish in the tournament.

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ICC WCL Div II: Nepal suffer 7 runs defeat

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KATHMANDU — Nepal suffered a seven runs defeat at the hands of UAE in the final of the ICC World Cricket League Division II at Windhoek, Namibia, on Thursday.

After being runner-up of the tournament, Nepal are now seeded in Group B along with the hosts Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Scotland and Hong Kong for the ICC World Cup Qualifier tournament to be held in Zimbabwe on March.

With the conclusion of the tournament, Nepal are also promoted to ICC World Cricket League Division I.

Chasing the target of 277 runs, Nepal could muster only 270 runs with the loss of eight wickets in the allotted 50 overs.

Skipper Paras Khadka struck unbeaten 112 runs in 103 balls cracking eight sixes and three boundaries while Dipendra Singh Aire scored 35 off 66 balls including two sixes. Khadka and Aire scored 69 runs partnership for Nepal.

Similarly, Gyanendra Malla contributed 24 off 25 balls including one four while Dilip Nath made 13 off 29 balls smashing two boundaries. Sharad Veswakar was sent back to pavilion with 30 off 37 balls including three boundaries while Arif Sheikh scored seven runs off 11 balls with two fours.

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Rohit Kumar Paudel contributed 23 off 17 balls including four boundaries on the board. Karan KC, who was the hero of the match against Canada, Sompal Kami and Basanta Regmi failed to make double digit score.

Imran Haider took two Nepali scalps while Rohan Mustafa and Ahmed Raza chipped in with a wicket each.

After winning the toss, UAE elected to bat first and amassed a challenging total of 277/4 runs for Nepal to chase.

Opener Ashfaq Ahmed hit a century and his opening partner Rohan Mustafa also got a half-century as UAE piled up runs against the Nepali bowling attack.

Ahmed hit three sixes and 10 boundaries for his 123-ball 114 while Mustafa scored 51 from 74 balls as the pair added 109 runs for the first wicket. Shaiman Anwar (40) and Rameez Shahzad (41) also added late on to compile a massive total.

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Sompal Kami, Sandip Lamichhane and Basanta Regmi took a wicket each for Nepal.

Rameez Shahzad remained not out on 41 off 46 balls with one four and one six. Shiman Anwar hit brisk 40 off 24 balls with two fours and three sixes.

Sandeep Lamichanne, Basanta Regmi and Sompal Kami chipped in a wicket each.

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