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Nepal defeat UAE by 5 wickets in ICC World Cup Qualifiers warm-up match

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KATHMANDU — Nepal have defeated United Arab Emirates by five-wicket in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers warm-up match on Tuesday played at Kwekwe Sports Club’s cricket ground, Zimbabwe.

Chasing the modest 172 run target posted by UAE, Nepal reached the target in 28.2 overs.

Nepal Captain Khadka tried to lay the foundation making 61-ball 28 while fourth numbered batsman Anil Kumar Sah contributed 11 runs off 18 balls.

Sharad Vesawkar and Dipendra Singh Airee them smashed 41 runs each which were crucial for Nepal to register win over World Cup Qualifier opponent. Likewise, Aarif Sheikh contributed 23 runs facing 19 deliveries.

Openers Gyanendra Malla made 12 while Dilip Nath only 4 .

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Amir Hayat claimed two wickets for UAE whereas Mohammad Naveed, Ahmed Raza and Rohan Mustafa bagged one wicket each.

Earlier,after winning the toss, UAE chose to bat first and posted 172 run target in 28.5 overs in the match reduced to 29 overs.

Opener Ashfaq Ahmed to top-scored for UAE with 67-ball 42 while Adnan Mufti and Ghulam Shabber were two other notable contributors with 37 and 32 runs respectively. Likewise, Shaiman Amwar made 16 runs facing 10 deliveries.

Nepal, who are in Zimbabwe to take part in the in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers will now face Hong Kong in another warm-up match on March 1.

Lalit Bhandari took four wickets and he was supported by Karan KC who added three wickets. Similarly, Lalit Rajbanshi claimed two wickets whereas skipper Paras Khadka added one.

Nepal are in Group B along with hosts Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Scotland of the Qualifiers. Group A is formed of the West Indies, Ireland, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and the United Arab Emirates.

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ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers : Nepal go down to Netherlands

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KATHMANDU — Nepal finished eighth in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers after losing to Netherlands by 45 runs in the 7th place play off at Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, on Saturday.

The Netherlands won the toss and chose to bat before making a total of 189-9 in their allotted 50 overs. In reply, Nepal managed to make 144 runs only in 44.4 overs losing all the wickets.

Sompal Kami made the highest 36 runs where as Dipendra Singh Airee (25) and Paras Khadka (22) were the other big scorers for Nepal.

Player-of-the-match Roelof van der Merwe was pick of the Dutch bowling as he took 4-20 and he was supported by Fred Klaassen and Pieter Seelaar who bagged two wickets each. Likewise, Timm van der Gugten and Shane Snater added one wicket each.

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Earlier, Bas de Leede top-scored for Dutch side with 39 runs which included four boundaries. Nepal had kept the Netherlands under pressure with Sompal Kami bagging two early wickets inside three overs. Dutch opener Wesley Barressi abd Ben Cooper were dismissed for zero run in Kami’s delivery.

Captain Peter Borren (7) also failed to manage to add significant runs but middle-order batsmen Roelof van der Merwe and Scott Edwards contributing 25 runs each rescued the Netherlands innings. Max O’Dowd was another notable contributors for the Netherlands as he smashed 44-ball 28 where as unbeaten Shane Snater and Pieter Seelaar added 23 runs each.

Sompal Kami took four wickets for Nepal. Likewise, spinners Sandip Lamichhane and Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi had two each and Shakti Gauchan bagged one wicket.

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