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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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World Cup: Nigeria beats Iceland 2-0

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MOSCOW — Nigeria has defeated Iceland 2-0 to revive its hopes of advancing into the knockout stages of the World Cup in Russia, as striker Ahmed Musa dramatically marked his return to the team with two fine second-half goals.

After a goalless first half, Musa scored a brace in the second half to take Nigeria to second in the Group D standings, behind already qualified Croatia.

Musa gave the African nation the lead with counter-attacking goal early in the 49th minute and increased the lead with a brilliant solo goal in the 75th minute.

It was a forgettable day for Iceland, and a missed penalty by Gylfi Sigurdsson added more misery for them. The result gave Lionel Messi-led Argentina too as they are very much in contention for the knock-outs now.

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The result left both sides, and struggling Argentina, still in the hunt to go through from Group D along with already-qualified Croatia.

But Argentina and World Cup debutants Iceland have to win their respective games against Nigeria and Croatia next week to have a chance of advancing.

Roared on by thousands of fans from the tiny country, Iceland kept pushing and was awarded a penalty in the 80th minute when referee Matt Conger used the Video Assisted Referee (VAR) system to confirm that striker Alfred Finnbogason had been fouled by Tyronne Ebuehi.

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