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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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SAFF U-15 women’s championship begins today; India face Sri Lanka in inaugural match

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THIMPU — Six under 15 teams from Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Nepal are participating the second edition of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) U-15 Women’s championship, Thimphu that is kicking off from Thursday.

India and Sri Lanka are facing each other in an inaugural game at the Changlingmithang stadium. The match is taking place at Thimphu-based Changlimithang Stadium at 4:00 pm local time.

Similarly, Bangladesh and Pakistan under Group B are facing each other in the second game scheduled at 7:00 pm local time today itself.

At the pre press conference held in Thimphu on Wednesday, the coaches and team captains from six countries said that SAFF U-15 Women’s championship 2018 would be the toughest championship.

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Of the six countries, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are taking part in the championship for the first time. Bhutan is hosting the 10-day championship for the first time.

Bangladesh had won the title by defeating India 1-0 in the first edition of the Championship held in Bangladesh.

Nepal’s 32-member women’s football team had left Tuesday for Bhutan to play in the Second U-15 SAFF Championship Women Football.

The team comprises 23 players, three coaches, five officials and one sports journalist. Nepal is placed in Group B of the Championship. Nepal will play against Pakistan on August 11 in the first game and against Bangladesh on August 13.

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