Nepal confirmed their promotion in the ICC World Cricket League Division-II with a 36-run Duckworth Lewis victory over Malaysia in yet another rain affect match in the Division-III in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
Under a circumstance where only a huge margin defeat in their last league game could have denied a promotion, Nepal were already promoted when they bundled out Malaysia for 142 runs in 43.3 overs.
Nepal were 89-2 in 25 overs and at that time they were 36 runs ahead under D/L method. With rain refusing to go away, Nepal were declared the winners.
Nepal will meet The Netherlands, Kenya, Canada, Namibia and Uganda in Division-II next year.
The Division-II will be held in Namibia from January 17-24 in 2015. The Division-II will hand the top two teams a spot in ICC World Cricket League Championship and ICC Intercontinental Cup. The two tournaments will be played from 2015-17.
The winners of the ICup can fight for a Test spot against the bottom teams in the ICC Test rankings. Nepal will now meet Uganda in the final.
In the match, skipper Paras Khadka took 4-20 in his first nine over marathon spell as the hosts were not able to cope with the disciplined bowling from Nepal. The only bright spot for the Malaysians was the 46-run stand between opener Anwar Arudin and Khizar Hayat (23) for the fifth wicket.
Once Sagar Pun dismissed Arudin in the 32nd over, Malaysia collapse resumed as they lost their last six wickets for just 31 runs. Derek Duraisingam provided a later surge scoring 23 off 35 with two fours and a six.
Former U-19 skipper Bhuwan Karki, playing his first match for the national team after two years, picked up 3-34 from 9.3 overs, while veteran left arm spinner Shakti Gauchan finished with 2-9 from five overs.
Nepal’s chase began with the early dismissal of opener Subash Khakurel (three) but Gyanendra Malla and Naresh Budhayer patiently dealt Malaysian bowlers shared 69 runs for the second wicket.
Gyanendra was dismissed just nine before the rain intervened after making 35 from 62 balls with three boundaries. Naresh remained unbeaten on 42 from 77 with five fours and a six. Man-of-the-match Paras was unbeaten on one.