Nepal are left with only mathematical chances to qualify for the 2016
ICC World Twenty20 after suffering an eight-wicket humbling from Papua New
Guinea (PNG) in their penultimate Group ‘A’ match of the Qualifiers on
In a must-win game which could have put them alive in the playoffs race,
Nepal failed with the bat once again making 93 all out in 19.4 overs before PNG
cantered to victory in just 14.1 overs losing just two wickets. It was yet another sorry batting performance from Nepal who threw away a
solid start to crash to their first defeat against PNG in Twenty20
Nepal now have three points from five matches and play Jersey on
Saturday where a victory alone will not be enough for them. They also need
Hong Kong to lose their remaining two matches and expect USA to lose to PNG.
Ireland lead Group ‘A’ with 8 points from five matches behind PNG who
have strong chance of qualifying for the World Twenty20 as pool winners. PNG
are yet to lose a match in the tournament and they next play Namibia and USA.
Along with Ireland and PNG, Namibia also have their one foot in the playoffs
where just one victory can see them through. Jersey and USA have two points but they can also qualify if they win
both their remaining matches and hope other results go their way.
In the match, Nepal threw away a solid opportunity to win the match
after they slumped to 93 all out from 48-1 after seven overs. The slump began
with the dismissal of Gyanendra Malla (two) who played on while sweeping Mahuru
Dai. Pradeep Airee top scored for Nepal with 29 off 28 that included four
boundaries. Sagar Pun was looking in good touch but ran himself out while
stealing a three. Pun made 15 off 12 with three fours. Dai, Assad Vala and John
Reva picked up two wickets each for PNG.
With a low target to chase, PNG lost their opener Lega Siaka (one) to
Sompal Kami but Vala and Tony Ura shared 43 runs for the second wicket to
suggest no life was left for Nepal in the game. Ura made 32 off 21 hitting four
boundaries and a six before losing his wicket to Basanta Regmi.
Vala went on to share
another unbeaten 46 with Kila Pala (22 not out) as PNG reached 99-2 with 23
balls to spare. Man-of-the-match Vala made 34 off 34 with four fours and a six.