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ICC World Cup Qualifiers : Nepal lost to Scotland by 4 wickets

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KATHMANDU — Nepal suffered a four-wicket lost against Scotland in the ongoing ICC World Cup Qualifiers at the Queen Sports Club in Bulawayo on Thusrday.

Nepal won the toss and chose to bat before making a total of 149 runs losing all the wickets in 47.4 overs. In reply, Scotland reached to 153-6 in 41.3 overs.

Skipper Paras Khadka top scored with 63 runs while Basanta Regmi was the only other notable contributor with 24 runs. Nepal’s other batsmen including Gyanendra Malla, Sharad Bheswakar and Dipendra Singh Airee performed poorly adding a combined total of just two runs to the team total.

Stuart Whittingham picked up 3 wickets for Scotland. Likewise, Safyan Sarif and AC Evans took similar 2-2 wickets and Richie Berrington and Tom sole picked up 1/1 wicket for Scotland.

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KJ Coetzer picked up 88 runs not out in 136 balls helped Scotland to win the game. CD Wallace, CS MacLeod, MH Cross, HG Munsey, SM Sharif (not out), RD Berrington picked 17, 15, 14, 10, 5, 1 runs respectively.

Basanta Regmi and Sandip Lamichhane claimed two wickets each while Lalit Rajbanshi and Dipendra Singh Airee had one each for Nepal.

Khadka became first Nepali player to complete one thousand runs in List-A cricket.

Winless Nepal remains in fourth place of Group B and now they are in need of two wins from their last two matches to be played against Afghanistan and Hong Kong, to secure their berth in super-six.

Nepal will face Afghanistan on Saturday and Hong Kong two days later.

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SAFF Championship : Nepal crash out after 3-0 defeat against Maldives

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KATHMANDU — Maldives has defeated Nepal 3-0 and entered final of the SAFF Championship held at Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Wednesday.

Maldivian defender Akram Abdul Ghanee scored the first goal against Nepal at the ninth minute utilizing a free-kick allotted for Maldives for the foul committed my Bimal Gharti Magar.

With this win, Maldives have booked their place in the final of the championship for the fifth time.

The game was briefly stopped after 27 minutes on the clock due to thunderstorm. Upon resumption of the game, Nepal boasted a huge possession with the ball but lacked the finishing touch in front of opposition goal.

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Maldives doubled the score with Ibrahim Waheed Hassan’s scored second goal at the 84th minute by shooting the ball from the center of the box.

Then Waheed Hassan scored the third goal against Nepal at the 87th minute capitalizing on the pass given by Abdulla Asadhulla.

The next edition of the SAFF Championship would be held in Pakistan.

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