Nepal Enter Qualifiers Via Last-Ball Thriller Win Over Canada

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On the final day of the World Cricket League Division Two group stage in Namibia, Nepal were indebted to an unbroken 51-run stand for the final wicket between tailenders Lamichhane and Karan KC, who hit the winning run off the final ball as they chased down 195.

For the UAE, Rohan Mustafa (3-31) played a key role with his off-breaks and the last Namibian wicket in the 50th over by Rohan helped UAE keep a healthier net run rate to nose ahead of Canada after three teams finished with six points.

Nepal captain Paras Khadka on Wednesday was left "speechless" after his side fought back from the brink of defeat to beat Canada and book a place at next month's World Cup qualifying tournament. Hamza Tariq chipped in with an important 24 runs to get Canada to a total of 194 for eight in 50 overs. The team that leads the way for the toughest possible run to get qualification is Nepal. I feel for Canada, one in a million times you would win those games.

"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".

In UAE's innings, Shaiman Anwar top-scored with 77 off 59 balls (3x6, 5x4), while Muhammad Usman added 59 off 57 balls (2x6, 3x4) and Ghulam Shabber 44.

Canada will play Namibia (3-2) for third place on Thursday.

Chasing 278 to clinch the title, Nepal had lost both the openers within the first ten overs but skipper Paras Khadka kept the scorecard moving. To score over 254 runs against Namibia, after we were 100-4, so much credit to the guys. Ashfaq eventually fell to Sandeep Lamichhane in the 43rd over, before Rameez made an unbeaten 41 off 46 balls, and Shaiman offered a quick burst with 40 off 24, including an exquisite extra cover drive for six. They now play each other in the final of the tournament. And of those three matches, they won two after being nine wickets down.

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