Nepal, UAE fight for top spot in WCL2 final

Watch The historic Nepal victory that took them to the 2019 cricket World Cup qualifiers

After finishing top two in the World Cricket League 2018, Nepal qualified for the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Zimbabwe from March 4 to 25, 2018.

Nepal triumph by one wicket, UAE by 19 runs to keep World Cup dream alive. Nepal finishes in at the top of the table with 8 points.

Skipper Paras Khadka struck unbeaten 112 runs cracking eight sixes and three boundaries while Dipendra Singh Aire scored 35 off 66 balls including two sixes.Khadka and Aire scored 69 runs partnership for Nepal.

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. It was jubilation for Nepal and UAE and heartbreak for Canada and Namibia.

JJ Smit was Namibia's best bowler, taking three wickets for 57 runs off 10 overs.

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Put into bat, UAE were in trouble at 97 for 4 but their World Cup hero Shaiman Anwar (77, 59 balls, five 4s, and three 6s) and Rameez Shahzad (33, 88 balls, one 4, one 6) played contrasting knocks to add 120 runs for the fifth wicket before Rameez fell.

In the final group match on Wednesday, Oman beat Kenya by two wickets. The team that leads the way for the toughest possible run to get qualification is Nepal.

The victor of today's match will join West Indies, Ireland, Nethelands and Papua New Guinea in Group A. The runner-up will join Group B comprising Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and Afghanistan.

"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".

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