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Nepal close in on history

Nepal are just one win away from giving the country one of the biggest achievement in global arena by reaching the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers playoffs as a third placed team in Group ‘B’. 


Nepal had climbed to third spot in their pool but needed to wait for Sunday’s results between Afghanistan versus Kenya and Scotland versus Denmark to confirm their status. Nepal once again rode on their luck as both results came in Nepal’s way leaving the Himalayan national with just one win away from reaching the World Twenty20 – the biggest achievement for Nepali sports if the dream is materialised.


Nepal will play Group ‘A’ second-place finishers Hong Kong in the playoff where a win will send them into the World Twenty20. A loss will mean they will still have another chance in the second round of playoff where other than victory is not compromised with.


After defeating Bermuda by 21 runs in their last group stage match, Nepal had eight points on the board from seven matches. Kenya had a healthier run rate and along with Scotland were on six points. Nepal needed Scotland to win their final group match against with a victory margin of less than 76 runs and required Afghanistan to beat Kenya. Both results were for Nepal.


cotland amassed a huge total of 205-3 riding on a power packed 55-ball 90 not out from Matt Machan. At one stage Scotland looked like shutting down the match with the margin required for them, but some power hitting from Hamid Shah deprived them of the third spot. Denmark were 114-5 by the end of 19 overs and Nepal needed them to score 16 runs more to seal the third spot.


Hamid smashed Machan for two sixes in the first two balls of the last over, picked up a double and after two singles their innings ended for 130-6 – much to the delight of Nepal. Nepal and Scotland were tied even on the net run rate on 0.379 but the former edged ahead on fourth digit decimal. Nepal’s run rate read 0.3794 and Scotland’s 0.3793 – thanks to Hamid Shah.


After Scotland were sidelined, the eyes were now set for Afghanistan who made 148-9 against Kenya. Opener Steve Tikolo looked like finishing the game inside 10 overs when he slammed five fours up front as Kenya raced to 30 runs in the first two overs. But back-to-back wickets from Shamiullah Shenwari halted Kenyan proceedings before they were folded for 115 all out in 18.2 overs.


Nepal had all their league games over and were not in action today but still it turned out to be their day. Hamid’s knock was a turning point for Nepal in the Qualifiers which could be the turning point for Nepali cricket itself.

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