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Nepal win last-ball thriller against Canada, enter Cricket World Cup Qualifiers

Chasing a modest 195, Nepal were staring down the barrel at one stage having lost nine wickets for 144 -- but KC Karan and Sandeep Lamichhane batted sensibly to ensure Nepal secured a historic entry into the upcoming Cricket World Cup qualifiers.

cricket Updated: Feb 14, 2018 23:23 IST
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Nepal defeated Canada by one wicket to secure a place in the upcoming Cricket World Cup qualifiers. (Twitter )

Nepal secured a historic entry into the upcoming Cricket World Cup qualifiers with a sensational last-ball one-wicket win over Canada in the ICC World Cricket League Division Two on Wednesday.

Chasing a modest 195, built around Srimantha Wijeratne’s unbeaten 103, Nepal were staring down the barrel at one stage having lost nine wickets for 144.

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However, the last-wicket pair of Karan KC (42) and Sandeep Lamichhane (5) added 51 off the final 47 balls to pull off a victory.

Nepal needed eight runs off the last over and Canada medium-pacer Cecil Parvez delivered four dot balls, before Karan smacked a six off the fifth ball.

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Parvez then bowled a wide, equalling the scores. With one needed from the final ball, Karan managed a single to seal a memorable win.

Earlier, Wijeratne’s maiden List A hundred helped Canada post a modest 194 for eight as Nepal spinners Basant Regmi (3/34) and Lamichhane (2/40) kept the opposition batsmen under a tight leash.

The win was Nepal’s second last-wicket heist of the tournament, and took them to four wins in five matches on the points table.

The World Cup Qualifiers will be held in Zimbabwe.

First Published: Feb 14, 2018 23:23 IST