Nepal punch ICC World Cup Qualifiers ticket after beating UAE
Mar 18, 2023
Nepal pipped Namibia to make it to the third spot of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2 after they beat UAE by nine runs (by DLS method). After an incredible tournament comeback, winning 11 of their last 12 matches to go from sixth to third, Nepal locked in the third automatic spot for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier from League 2. Nepal defeated UAE by nine runs in a thrilling match at Tribhuvan University Ground to secure a place in the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. When the umpires decided that the game couldn't continue due to poor lighting, the Rhinos needed 42 runs from 36 balls. Nepal was nine runs ahead of the DLS score at the time and took all two points to beat Namibia (39 points) by a single point. Spectators and Nepali cricket fans got enthralled by the performance of Nepali players which was led by a young captain, Rohit Kumar Paudel (20). Earlier in the day, UAE's Muhammad Waseem won the toss and chose to bat, putting pressure on the hosts by putting a target on the board. The opener then let his batting do the talking, using a variety of boundaries to silence the raucous Tribhuvan University Ground crowd. Lalit Rajbanshi, on the other hand, turned up the volume again, making a mess of Aryan Lakra's stumps for just six.