Nepal’s ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers can further cut deeper after they got another mighty opponents the Netherlands in the seventh place playoff semi-final on Thursday.
Netherlands stunningly lost their last Group ‘B’ match to Kenya and forfeited their four-day ODI status finishing fourth in the pool. The Netherlands made 265-6 in 50 overs before Kenya overhauled the target in just 35.4 overs pipping the ducth by a fraction of net run rate. Kenya finished third in the table and sneaked into the Super Six stage.
Kenya, however, will head into the Super Six without any points as both teams progressing from the group — Namibia and Papua New Guinea had defeated them in the tournament.
Nepal, meanwhile, had finished fifth in the Group ‘A’ points table after they lost to Canada in their final and fourth match. A win against Canada would have given them a fourth place fixing them amatch against Group ‘B’ bottom team Uganda.
Nepal have not met the Netherlands in 50-over games and in two of their previous Twenty20 encounters, the Ducth returned victors in both occassion. The Dutch showdown will also be a chance for Nepali cricketers to lift their countrymen from gloom as the Netherlands carry a haul of experience of playing in the 50-over and 20-over World Cups.
Scotland, meanwhile, crushed Canada by 170 runs in their final group stage match to top Group ‘A’. All three qualifying teams from Group ‘A’ — Scotland, Hong Kong and the UAE — will head into the Super Six with two points each. UAE on Thursday defeated Hong Kong by 22 runs.
The top two team from Super Six will reach the World Cup and along with other two teams rounding up in the top four will get ODI status for the next four years.