Nepal beat Canada in the last ball by one wicket in the closest of matches at Wanderers, as UAE narrowly beat Namibia by 19 runs to send both teams through to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. It was jubilation for Nepal and UAE and heartbreak for Canada and Namibia. In the other day’s match Oman beat Kenya by two wickets at the United ground.
Nepal secured their place in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier after scoring the winning one run in the last ball with only one wicket remaining. Canada who looked to be in pole positon with Nepal on 144 for nine, were heartbroken as the 51-run partnership between number ten Karan KC (42, 31b, 3×4, 4×6) and Sandeep Lamichhane led Nepal to the most unlikely victory. Dilip Nath (41) and Rohit Paudel (27) had chipped in with valuable runs earlier in the innings, as the stand out Canadian bowler Cecil Pervez took three wickets 41 runs.
Earlier in the day, Canada’s Srimantha Wijeratne innings scored the majority of the Canadian runs (103*, 152b, 8×4). Hamza Tariq chipped in with an important 24 runs to get Canada to a total of 194 for eight in 50 overs. Basant Regmi was the stand out bowler for Nepal taking three wickets for 34 runs, with the Asian team now travelling to Zimbabwe for the qualifier.
Nepal captain, Paras Khadka gave his reaction at the end of the match: “I can’t speak, the last wicket made 50 odd runs, cricket is just a winner today. I feel for Canada, one in a million times you would win those games. Things have just worked for out for us, we have been working so hard for all these years and eventually it has happened for us, I am speechless.
“The fans back home are one of our biggest inspirations and we always thank them. We want to do well, and help Nepal cricket grow.
“We need to take all the positives from this tournament into the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier as it will be a different level out there.” (Courtesy ICC)