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Nepal defeats PNG by 6 wickets

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KATHMANDU — Nepal have defeated Papua New Guinea by six wickets in the play-off under the ICC World Cup Qualifiers on Thursday in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Chasing the target of 115 runs set by PNG, Nepal met the target losing four wickets with remaining 162 balls. Nepal reached the target of 115 runs with the contribution of half-century score by Dipendra Singh Airee including one four and three sixes off 58 balls.

Aarif Sheikh hit 26 runs off 42 balls including one four before returning to the pavilion.

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Earlier, after losing the toss, Papua New Guinea (PNG) was sent to bat first and set a 115-run target for Nepal losing all wickets in 27.2 overs in the play-off match.

CJA Amini scored highest 19 runs including one four off 18 balls while J Kila made 15 including two fours off 20 balls while TP Ura got contributed runs.

Sandeep Lamichhane and Deependra Singh Airee picked four wickets each and Sompal Kami and Karan KC took one wicket for Nepal.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

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Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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