Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Nepal thrash HK by 5-wicket, fail to qualify for super stage

Nepal thrash HK by 5-wicket, fail to qualify for super stage

For Hong Kong, it was a simple formula in last match of the first round of the World Cup Qualifiers 2018: beat Nepal to go to Super Sixes and retain ODI status. Zimbabwe finished on top of the standings on net run-rate after their match against Scotland, also on Monday, ended in a tie and the two teams were tied on seven points.

The lower order batsmen Rohit Kumar Paduel and Sompal Kami combined for an unbeaten 89-run partnership for the sixth wicket to propel Nepal to five-wicket victory over Hong Kong in the last group fixture of the ongoing ICC World Cup Qualifiers at Bulawayo, in Zimbabwe, on Monday.

Openers Gyanendra Mall and wicket keeper Anil Kumar Sah combined for 41 runs for the opening partnership before Sah for for 26 runs in 9.5 overs.

Nepal, Afghanistan and Hong Kong all have two points, however, Afghanistan qualified to the super sixes on better run rate to Nepal, who sit on fourth position in five team group.

By the virtue of advancing to the Super six stage of the event in Zimbabwe, Scotland and UAE have achieved ODI status. If Nepal and Netherlands both win their matches, the former will become an ODI nation.

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Chasing just 195 for victory, Afghanistan wrapped up their first win of the tournament by six wickets with 11.2 overs to spare, the ICC reported.

Earlier, the spin trio of Mohammad Nabi (4/33), Rashid Khan (3/45) and Mujeeb Zadran (1/24) did the bulk of the damage, while Shapoor Zadran, the fiery paceman, got two wickets towards the close to end with 2/32, but the standout performance came from the gallant Nepal captain Paras Khadka, who nearly single-handedly kept his team in the fight with an 82-ball 75, reported ICC. Man-of-the-match Paudel made 48 off 86 and Kami scored 37 from 40.

Captain Rashid Khan sprung a surprise by walking out to open the innings and got things off to a lively start, hitting five fours during a 14-ball stay that reaped 21. Paras' departure brought two more quick wickets with Ehsan Khan trapping Aarif Sheikh leg-before in his first over and then having Dipendra Singh Airee brilliantly caught at short leg by Shahid Wasif for 12.

All up, Nepal needed 48.2 overs to bowl out Hong Kong for 153 runs and cantered the total in just 40.4 overs.

Lamichhane finished with three for 17 from his 10 overs - fantastic figures that only strengthens his reputation as a future star. KC returned with 2-35 from 8.2 overs.

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