Nepal win last-ball thriller to enter World Cup qualifiers
WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA: Nepal secured a historic entry into the upcoming World Cup qualifiers with a sensational last-ball one-wicket win over Canada in the ICC World Cricket League Division Two here on Wednesday.
Chasing a modest 195, built around Srimantha Wijeratne’s unbeaten 103, Nepal were staring down the barrel at one stage having lost nine wickets for 144.
However, the last-wicket pair of Karan KC (42*) and Sandeep Lamichhane (5*) added 51 off the final 47 balls to pull off a victory.
Nepal needed eight runs off the last over and Canada medium-pacer Cecil Parvez delivered four dot balls, before Karan smacked a six off the fifth ball.
Parvez then bowled a wide, equalling the scores. With one needed from the final ball, Karan managed a single to seal a memorable win.
Earlier, Wijeratne’s maiden List A hundred helped Canada post a modest 194 for eight as Nepal spinners Basant Regmi (3/34) and Lamichhane (2/40) kept the opposition batsmen under a tight leash.
The win was Nepal’s second last-wicket heist of the tournament, and took them to four wins in five matches on the points table.
The World Cup Qualifiers will be held in Zimbabwe. (PTI)
(Captain Paras Khadka leads the celebratory charge after Nepal clinches a dramatic win Peter Della Penna. Photo: ESPN)
Published Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2018 | 12:20 AM