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Nepal gets ODI status

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KATHMANDU — The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to grant One Day International (ODI) status to Nepal along with Scotland, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday.

“The elevation means all ODIs these four sides will play against other sides on the table henceforth will count towards a team’s rating points and performance in the rankings table,” reads the statement released by ICC.

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According to a statement, Nepal along with other three nations has now joined the 12 leading ODI nations on the expanded MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings with effect from June 1 2018.

Nepal cuurently is at the bottom of the table and has 0 ratings points while Eangland tops the ODI team rankings followed by India, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri lanka, West Indies, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Ireland.

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World Cup: Nigeria beats Iceland 2-0

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MOSCOW — Nigeria has defeated Iceland 2-0 to revive its hopes of advancing into the knockout stages of the World Cup in Russia, as striker Ahmed Musa dramatically marked his return to the team with two fine second-half goals.

After a goalless first half, Musa scored a brace in the second half to take Nigeria to second in the Group D standings, behind already qualified Croatia.

Musa gave the African nation the lead with counter-attacking goal early in the 49th minute and increased the lead with a brilliant solo goal in the 75th minute.

It was a forgettable day for Iceland, and a missed penalty by Gylfi Sigurdsson added more misery for them. The result gave Lionel Messi-led Argentina too as they are very much in contention for the knock-outs now.

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The result left both sides, and struggling Argentina, still in the hunt to go through from Group D along with already-qualified Croatia.

But Argentina and World Cup debutants Iceland have to win their respective games against Nigeria and Croatia next week to have a chance of advancing.

Roared on by thousands of fans from the tiny country, Iceland kept pushing and was awarded a penalty in the 80th minute when referee Matt Conger used the Video Assisted Referee (VAR) system to confirm that striker Alfred Finnbogason had been fouled by Tyronne Ebuehi.

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