Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Nepal through to World Cup qualifier, pips Canada in thrilling finish

Nepal through to World Cup qualifier, pips Canada in thrilling finish

With a thrilling last-wicket partnership, Nepal pulled off a stunning chase of 195 off the game's final ball and secured their spot in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers at the end of 2018 to determine which two teams play cricket's marquee event in 2019.

A belligerent Karan KC (42, 31 balls, three 4s, four 6s) and Nepal's new IPL star Sandeep Lamichhane (5, 18 balls) kept calm amidst the death over tension to take them past the victory target of 195.

Earlier, Srimantha Wijeratne's maiden List-A hundred had pushed Canada to 194 for 8 as the opposition spinners Basant Regmi (3/34) and Lamichhane (2/40) tightened the noose on the batsmen.

At 144-9 score with the last 7.5 overs remaining, Nepal had nearly thought of losing it out.

Nepal team celebrates a Canadian wicket.

"I can't speak, the last wicket made 50 odd runs, cricket is just a victor today".

Canadian team, which saw three straight wins in the tournament, was short of a single victory either over Namibia or Nepal for gaining an entry to the World Cup Qualifier tournament, and has finally lost it out.

"I feel for Canada", said Nepal captain Paras Khadka.

"The fans back home are one of our biggest inspirations and we always thank them".

UAE have won the toss and invited Nepal to field first at the match being held today in Windhoek. Amid some tight bowling, Sandeep grabbed another two and Basant got one to make it 90/4 in 27th over.

Nepal will now face United Arab Emirates in the Division Two final. Oman and winless Kenya will play another playoff.

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