KATHMANDU — Nepal for the first time have secured an historic International Cricket Council’s One Day International status for next four years with a six-wicket win over Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Netherlands defeated Hong Kong in other play-off games of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers at Old Hararians ground in Harare, Zimbabwe on Thursday.
Thanks to the Netherlands whose defeat of Hong Kong in another play-off match was instrumental in Nepal’s graduation to ODI status for the next four years (2018-2022).
After achieving an historic feat, Nepali Skipper Paras Khadka thanked all the well wishers and supporters of Nepali Cricket despite failing to reach super six stage of the qualifiers in Zimbabwe.
After defeating PNG, Nepal were waiting for the result of another play-off match between the Netherlands and Hong Kong. Nepal automatically gained the ODI status after the Netherlands beat Hong Kong by 44 runs.
Nepal will now play for the seventh place final of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers against Netherlands on Saturday.
Earlier, Nepal sealed an emphatic victory over Papua New Guinea after man of the match Dipendra Singh Airee bagged four wickets before returning to notch 50 not out runs to take his team home.
Airee took four wickets from 4.4 overs and also clobbered a half-century to chase 115 runs target in the victory in the 23rd over. It was Nepal’s only victory against PNG in 50-over format after losing the previous two games.
Airee and Sandip Lamichhane, who also had four wickets, ripped apart PNG’s batting lineup to bowl them out for 114 runs in the 28th over. Sompal Kami and Karan KC also took a wicket each.
Nepal, PNG, Hong Kong and Netherlands had failed to qualify for the Super Six round. Since, Netherlands have already become an ODI nation and PNG out of contention following the defeat.Follow @gorkhapost
Dhangadhi Team Chaurah lifts DPL-2 title
DHANGADHI — Dhangadhi Team Chauraha has won the second edition of Dhangadhi Premier League Twenty-20 Cricket title defeating Kathmandu Goldens in the final match on Friday.
Team Chauraha emerged as the defending champion of the DPL by restricting Kathmandu Goldens to 60 runs while it was chasing 182 runs target.
Put into bat first after winning the toss at SSP grounds, Sompal Kami-led Chauaraha scored a total of 181-4 in their allotted 20 overs and restricted national cricket team Vice-captain Gyanendra Malla-led Goldens to 160-8.
Team Chauraha’s LS Bhandari grabbed highest three wickets giving away 22 runs in four overs. Likewise, Roshan Mustafa took two wickets conceding two wickets while Samsad Sheikh and YS Karki grabbed one wicket each piling pressure on the opponent team.
Along with title, Champion Chauaraha bagged a purse of Rs 2.5 million whereas runner-up Goldens was rewarded with Rs one million.Follow @gorkhapost