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ICC World Cup Qualifiers : Nepal defeat Hong Kong by 5-wicket

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KATHMANDU — Nepal have defeated Hong Kong by five wickets to register their first victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers at Bulawayo in Zimbabwe on Monday.

Nepal’s Rohit Kumar Paduel and Sompal Kami combined for an unbeaten 89-run partnership for the sixth wicket to propel Nepal to the victory over Hong Kong in the last group fixture.

Poudel played cautiously for his 48 from 86 balls including five boundaries. Sompal Kami was more fluent scoring 37 from 40 balls. Nepal achieved the 154 runs target from 40.4 balls.

Nepal lost quick wickets of Anil Kumar Sah (26), Gyanendra Malla (12) and skipper Paras Khadka (11). Dipendra Singh Airee also added 12 runs for the team.

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Aizaz Khan and Ehsan Khan both took two wickets each for Hong Kong.

Earlier, Hong Kong chose to field first after losing the toss. Nizakat Khan scored 47 to help his team post 153runs.

Sandip Lamichhane claimed three wickets for Nepal while Karan KC and Basanta Regmi also had two each to their name.

Nepal, Afghanistan and Hong Kong all have two points, however, Afghanistan qualified to the super sixes on better run rate to Nepal, who sit on fourth position in five team group.

Zimbabwe, Scotland and Afghanistan made it to the Super Six after finishing inside the top three from Group B.

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ANFA to provide Rs 50,000 each to women football player

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KATHMANDU—  All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has announced to provide Rs 50,000 each to the members of Nepali women team which was successful in clinching first runner up position at the SAF U-18 Football Championship held in Bhutan.

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A meeting of ANFA presided over by its Chairperson Karma Chhering Sherpa on Tuesday took the decision to this effect.

In the final match held on October 7, Bangladesh defeated Nepali team by 1-0 goal margin. Nepal had reached the final by outshining arch-rival India by 3-1 in penalty shootout.

The Nepali women football team is returning home today, ANFA informed.

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