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Nepal World Cup hope is still alive

Nepal still remained in track for the 2016 ICC U-19 World Cup after finishing second in the ACC U-19 Premier as they won the match against UAE by 94-run in Kuwait on Saturday.


Nepal failed to get a direct qualification for the World Cup to be held in Bangladesh on 2016 after losing the match against Afghanistan by five wickets in their fourth league match of group stage on Friday. Nepal needed to defeat UAE today to get their chance remains through Continental playoff.


Nepal will now play against the runner-up from Africa, Europe East Asia Pacific and the Americas to book ticket for the World Cup in Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Afghanistan finished the tournament with ten points after crushing the host Kuwait by a huge margin of 206 runs in their final league match and got a direct qualification for the U19 World Cup.


Nepal ended the tournament with eight points in the tournament and finishing second in the point table.


After Aarif Sheikh and Prem Tamang each made half century Nepal finished their inning with a challenging score of 250 runs losing nine wickets. Nepal then restricted UAE in 44.3 over with 156 runs in the board.


Nepal lost opener Dhamala in the first ball of their innings who was out for naught. Then Sheikh and Sandip Sunar fasten Nepal’s innings with a 52-run stand. Sunar was out for 18 off 24 with two boundaries. Sheikh then added another 83 runs for the third wicket with Shankar Rana to take Nepal into a strong position before both batsmen were dismissed in a space of six balls.


Sheikh notched up his second half century of the tournament making 60 off 86 with four boundaries and a six, while Rana made 48 off 86 hitting five boundaries. Nepal then lost the wickets of skipper Raju Rijal (seven), Dipendra Airee (two) and Saurav Khanal (one) cheaply but Tamang pushed the total to respectability.


Tamang shared 65 runs for the eighth wicket with Yogendra Karki. Tamang, pushed down to middle order after he failed to make much impact in the opening slot in first three games, collected 52 from 48 balls hitting four boundaries. Karki played a 28-ball cameo of 35 striking four hits to the fence. Oswin Krasta picked up 3-30 from 10 overs for the UAE.


Dipendra Airee picked up 3-19 from 6.3 overs to restrict UAE in 156 runs. Irshad Ahmed was economical in his 2-28 from 10 overs while Saurav Khanal, Sushil Kandel, Sunil Dhamala and man of the match Aarif Sheikh picked up a wicket each.

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