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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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World Cup 2018 : Portugal beat Morocco 1-0

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Portugal is closing in on booking a spot into the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Russia after hanging on to beat Morocco 1-0 on Wednesday to move to four points in Group B and Morocco are knocked out of the World Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his sensational start to the World Cup with the winner as Portugal knocked Morocco out of the tournament as he scored his fourth goal of the tournament with a header in the fourth minute to guide Portugal to their second win in two games.

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It wasn’t the best showing from the Portuguese, as Morocco controlled possession and created more chances, but the finishing was abysmal. Overall, Morocco had 16 shots — six more than Portugal — but just four went on frame. Medhi Benatia, himself, had about three golden chances to score and wasted every single one.

Morocco, who last week failed in their bid to host the 2026 World Cup, became the first team to be eliminated from this one with one Group B game to go — but they did not go down without a fight.

Backed by thousands of noisy fans, who packed one end of the ground, they created enough chances to earn at least a draw – and would have got something out of the game with better finishing.

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