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World T20: Nepal celebrates stunning win against Afghanistan

IANS  Kathmandu, March 20, 2014
First Published: 22:01 IST(20/3/2014) | Last Updated: 22:05 IST(20/3/2014)

Thousands of Nepali cricket fans here burst into frenzied celebrations after a thrilling T20 World Cup win against Afghanistan on Thursday.

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The Capital city Kathmandu saw dozens of spontaneous mass gatherings cheering 'Nepal' and waving the its national flag.
 
The cricket fever spared none -- gripping all from the common man right up to the country's president, Ram Baran Yadav.
 
Several big screens were installed in the major corners of the city where the match was broadcasted live. Thousands of Nepali cricket fans assembled with the Nepali jerseys and extended support to the national team.
 
People were exchanging greetings and best wishes even on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.
 
Though Nepalis love football more than cricket, the nation's recent ticket to World T20 has changed the entire cricket landscape of the country.
 
"You made us proud and gave us a reason to dream," writes Krishna Dangi, on social networking site.
 
Though the development of the cricket in Nepal is in a beginning phase, the Nepal government on Wednesday announced constitution of a Cricket Academy in Nepal and will construct a state of art stadium on the outskirts of Kathmandu valley for the promotion of the game.

"Our youth really made us proud in Bangladesh today," said former Nepal Prime Minister Madhav Kumar.

The Kantipur Media Group, the largest media house in Nepal, has announced a cash prize of NRs 1 million for the team.

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