ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, qualifying play-offs November 27, 2013

Nepal through to ICC World T20

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Nepal 144 for 5 (Khadka 46, Malla 30) beat Hong Kong 143 for 8 (Mukhiya 3-32, Karn 2-28) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The final moments of Nepal's win

Nepal joined Afghanistan and Ireland, becoming the third team to qualify for the World T20 2014 in Bangladesh with a last-ball win against Hong Kong in Abu Dhabi. It's the first time Nepal will be heading to a global event.

Nepal entered the final over needing 13 to win and Sharad Vesawkar swung a six down the ground followed by an inside-edged four through fine leg. Vesawkar was back on strike to face the final delivery with scores level and pierced a packed ring through extra cover to send Nepal through to Bangladesh with a five-wicket win.

Chasing 144, Nepal got off to a solid start, but Hong Kong kept chipping away every time it appeared Nepal was about to seize control. Tanwir Afzal bowled opener Subash Khakurel behind his legs for 16 and Sagar Pun made 22 off 19 before he was pinned on the crease by a full delivery by Haseeb Amjad.

Gyanendra Malla and Paras Khadka came together and added 33 for the third wicket before Malla heaved Aizaz Khan to deep midwicket for 30. Atkinson kept Nepal off balance with a series of bowling changes as dot balls kept piling up to bring the equation to 32 off 20 balls for Nepal to win.

Khadka only struck two boundaries in his 46 off 39 and cleverly seized on ones and twos to anchor the chase. He offered a chance to Jamie Atkinson behind the stumps on the last ball of the 18th, but Hong Kong's wicketkeeper-captain spilled it and in the process injured his right thumb before exiting the field for treatment. A front foot no-ball by left-arm spinner Nadeem Ahmed was slammed past the umpire for a boundary two balls into the 19th and it looked as though Hong Kong would crumble without their captain. However, Hong Kong erupted in the field when Khadka was run-out two balls later after changing his mind too late on a second run.

After sending Hong Kong in to bat, Nepal had bowled and fielded marvellously for the majority of the innings before a hiccup in the final two overs allowed Hong Kong to reach 143 for 8. Hong Kong had a handful of players cross 20, but none made it past 25. The dangerous Irfan Ahmed was the first of three wickets for seamer Jitendra Mukhiya, edging a short ball to Nepal captain Paras Khadka at first slip in the second over. Hong Kong captain Atkinson sliced Avinash Karn to point at the start of the fifth. The two bowlers shared five wickets between them.

The win also took Nepal to the semi-final of the qualifying tournament where they will meet Afghanistan.

"This is the biggest moment of our lives. Our childhood dreams have come true," Khadka said. "I think the boys have worked really hard for this and been pushing it in the World Cricket League and the Twenty20 format. I think when it mattered, everyone contributed, and I am really glad we have qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014. The tournament is still not over. We are now in the semi-finals and most likely to play Afghanistan. So, it's about time that we give them what they've been giving us all these years."

UAE 117 for 8 (Khurram 32, Malik 4-17) beat Netherlands 107 for 9 (Aziz 3-21) by 10 runs
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UAE became the fourth team to seal their spot in the World Twenty20 2014, successfully defending 117 against Netherlands in Abu Dhabi. Netherlands will have another go at qualifying on Thursday, playing Scotland - who won the previous match between these teams in the tournament - j for one of the two remaining open spots.

UAE batted first and openers Mohammad Azam and Shaiman Anwar didn't appear to be troubled by the gentle pace offered by Mudassar Bukhari, but both contributed to their own demise with some clumsy running that resulted in a pair of run-outs. Azam tried to nudge Bukhari past Stephan Myburgh at point for a single, but Anwar turned him down and Azam was unable to get back in his crease after committing early. After being too cautious in rejecting Azam's call, Anwar was too aggressive going for a third run on a delivery hit toward the cover boundary and failed to make it before the throw from Micky Swart arrived over the stumps at the non-striker's end to make it 29 for 2 in the sixth.

Khurram Khan tried to counterattack and top scored with 32 off 24 balls, but either side of his dismissal, Swapnil Patil and Rohan Mustafa were caught in the covers off loose drives for 1 and 10 respectively, leaving UAE at 69 for 5 in the 12th.

Mohammad Shafiq and Asim Khurshid patiently added 43 for the sixth wicket but their attempt at a late surge was thwarted by Ahsan Malik, who took three wickets in the 19th. Malik's 4 for 17 meant he overtook Hong Kong's Munir Dar as the tournament's wicket-taker with 17.

The total of 117 initially looked well below par, but the Netherlands got off to a nervy start and never looked comfortable at any point in their chase. Stephan Myburgh took nine balls to get off the mark - he did by hitting a six over midwicket - then perished two balls later to Manjula Guruge in the same region. Swart returned the favour from UAE's poor running between the wickets in the first innings when he went for a suicidal run in the ring.

Netherlands never shed their cautious manner and UAE's bowlers pounced on the timid approach and stifled the scoring. Netherlands ended the Powerplay at 21 for 2, and two overs later Barresi sent a leading edge back to Nasir Aziz for 11.

Eric Szwarczynski and Peter Borren briefly tried changing tactics, bringing out a scoop and reverse-sweep for much needed boundaries. Their success was shortlived, though, as Szwarczynski also ran himself out, on 23, going for a second run.

Borren was unlucky to be given lbw after he was struck outside the line of off, before Aziz took a juggling reflex return catch to nab Ben Cooper for 20 to make it 85 for 6.

Tim Gruijters hit a six to end the 18th, leaving the equation at 24 off 12 balls to win. Nepal had achieved victory earlier in the day with 26 needed off the final two overs, but Netherlands had to do it with their tail and couldn't manage enough boundaries. Gruijters fell to Aziz in the 19th for 8 and Michael Rippon was the third Netherlands player run out, with two balls to go in the match.

Scotland 126 for 3 (MacLeod 56, Berrington 52) beat Italy 125 for 8 (Northcote 46, Carter 2-26, Sharif 2-19) by seven wickets
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Scotland openers Richie Berrington and Calum MacLeod scored half-centuries to keep the team's hopes of reaching the 2014 World Twenty20 alive, with a seven-wicket win over Italy in Abu Dhabi. Scotland will now play Netherlands for a spot in next year's showpiece event, but Italy have been eliminated.

Berrington and MacLeod put up a stand of 112 that sent Scotland well on their way of overhauling the modest target of 126. Berrington hit 52 off 44 deliveries with six fours, while MacLeod's 45-ball 56 included seven fours.

Offspinner Carl Sandri dismissed both batsmen in the 15th over, but Michael Leask and Kyle Coetzer took the team home with 15 balls to spare.

Italy, choosing to bat, had earlier made a bright start as the opener Gareth Berg raced his way to a 16-ball 24 inside four overs. However, medium-pacer Safyaan Sharif removed both Berg and Peter Petricola in successive overs of his, leaving Italy at 41 for 2 after six overs. Andy Northcote made 46, but in the absence of any other big score or partnership, Italy were restricted to 125 for 8 from their 20 overs, with Sharif and Neil Carter taking two wickets apiece.

Papua New Guinea 145 for 4 (Jones 36, Ura 34) beat Namibia 120 (Williams 42, Raho 3-10) by 25 runs
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The Papua New Guinea bowlers, led by Pipi Raho, kept the team's chances of qualifying for the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh alive with a convincing 25-run win against Namibia, who were eliminated from the race. PNG will now meet Hong Kong on November 28, the winner of the match going through to the world event in Bangladesh.

Raho's three wickets in his first three overs helped PNG to reduce Namibia to 16 for 4 while defending 145, a start from which Namibia wasn't able to recover and were bowled out in the 19th over. Craig Williams was the only batsman to put up any resistance, scoring 42 off 37 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.

PNG had been given a flying start, again by Tony Ura, who scored most of the runs in a 42-run opening stand. It was followed by two more important innings, first by Geraint Jones, who scored 36, and then by Jack Vare, who remained unbeaten on 30, to help the team to a competitive total. The PNG bowlers made sure it was more than enough.

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  • POSTED BY suhrid on | November 28, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    It is perhaps for the first time Nepal is qualified to play at the World event. Extremely happy. We are so proud of your hardwork, dedication, team work and talent. Congratulations! Best wishes for the forthcoming match against Afganistan. Keep your cool. We are gonna win it.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    it afgan who always seems to good to nepal now its time too show the world that 1 rising force has take birth in the cricket histroy jus beat the afganisthan in semi final and let the world to see it...................come on boyz you can do it....gorkhali are here...............

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 28, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    i have been following all the comments about each and every game of nepalese cricket, and to be honest, we are so much respected by afghanese fans. Even we both know that are a true rival to eachother, but Afganese fans knows' its just a game", i truely want to thanks all of my Afganese cricket fans for so much support and wishing us luck. this is how we all contribute a healthy relationship between two nation. now, We (Nepalese) are ready to face Afghanistan one more time, i wanna wish all the best to my Team, go out there with full confident and give your best shot. you can win just like just like you guys got qualified in T20 wcup. Make us proud!! We are Gurkhalese, we are not scared of nothing!! wishing and praying nepal will win this time. Jai Nepal!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    well played nepal now we want in world cup 2015 also

  • POSTED BY Shariful-Islam on | November 28, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    I have seen that a lot of Nepalese want to play with test playing team. Yes, you can; If you acquire one of the two place for world cup 2015. 10 test playing country with Ireland and Afghanistan in already qualify for world cup 2015. If you chance to play in world cup 2015, you will play with 5 test playing team. For that, you need to top place in qualify tournament in New Zealand next year.

    New Zealand will host the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier from 13 January to 1 February in 2014.A total of 34 matches will be played in the tournament.

    According to the format of the tournament, the 10 teams will be equally divided into two groups with the top three sides from each group progressing to the Super Six stage. The top two sides from the Super Six stage will not only reach the final but will also qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to complete the 14-team tally.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Icc is fooling everyone in the name of t20 qualifier. The associates have to qualify against bangladesh and zimbabwe to play with 8 test playing side. This will hamper the globalization of cricket. come one ICC , get out of the old conservative mentality, learn something from FIFA how to globalize the gamer.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    we want nepal to play with test playing teams.........

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    the furious final over, and indeed, the final ball that overturned an arc of hot scenario with thousands of nepali spectators cheering and generating music of hope and excitement.........thanks god, finally we won and deserve to win....once again,we have been mounting our hope of jubilant nepalese cricketer...thanks all of you

  • POSTED BY Llik2 on | November 28, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    This tournament will be historical tournament for ban.their neighbour ind nd pak will be thrown out of 1st round.nd also eng nd aus will be out of 1st round.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    wishes from Afghanistan well done Nepal get ready against our heroes.

  • POSTED BY suhrid on | November 28, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    It is perhaps for the first time Nepal is qualified to play at the World event. Extremely happy. We are so proud of your hardwork, dedication, team work and talent. Congratulations! Best wishes for the forthcoming match against Afganistan. Keep your cool. We are gonna win it.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    it afgan who always seems to good to nepal now its time too show the world that 1 rising force has take birth in the cricket histroy jus beat the afganisthan in semi final and let the world to see it...................come on boyz you can do it....gorkhali are here...............

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 28, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    i have been following all the comments about each and every game of nepalese cricket, and to be honest, we are so much respected by afghanese fans. Even we both know that are a true rival to eachother, but Afganese fans knows' its just a game", i truely want to thanks all of my Afganese cricket fans for so much support and wishing us luck. this is how we all contribute a healthy relationship between two nation. now, We (Nepalese) are ready to face Afghanistan one more time, i wanna wish all the best to my Team, go out there with full confident and give your best shot. you can win just like just like you guys got qualified in T20 wcup. Make us proud!! We are Gurkhalese, we are not scared of nothing!! wishing and praying nepal will win this time. Jai Nepal!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    well played nepal now we want in world cup 2015 also

  • POSTED BY Shariful-Islam on | November 28, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    I have seen that a lot of Nepalese want to play with test playing team. Yes, you can; If you acquire one of the two place for world cup 2015. 10 test playing country with Ireland and Afghanistan in already qualify for world cup 2015. If you chance to play in world cup 2015, you will play with 5 test playing team. For that, you need to top place in qualify tournament in New Zealand next year.

    New Zealand will host the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier from 13 January to 1 February in 2014.A total of 34 matches will be played in the tournament.

    According to the format of the tournament, the 10 teams will be equally divided into two groups with the top three sides from each group progressing to the Super Six stage. The top two sides from the Super Six stage will not only reach the final but will also qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to complete the 14-team tally.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Icc is fooling everyone in the name of t20 qualifier. The associates have to qualify against bangladesh and zimbabwe to play with 8 test playing side. This will hamper the globalization of cricket. come one ICC , get out of the old conservative mentality, learn something from FIFA how to globalize the gamer.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    we want nepal to play with test playing teams.........

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    the furious final over, and indeed, the final ball that overturned an arc of hot scenario with thousands of nepali spectators cheering and generating music of hope and excitement.........thanks god, finally we won and deserve to win....once again,we have been mounting our hope of jubilant nepalese cricketer...thanks all of you

  • POSTED BY Llik2 on | November 28, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    This tournament will be historical tournament for ban.their neighbour ind nd pak will be thrown out of 1st round.nd also eng nd aus will be out of 1st round.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    wishes from Afghanistan well done Nepal get ready against our heroes.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Thanks ESPN but espncricinfo didn't updated us properly during the Nepalese match. Hope to get exact and proper details.

  • POSTED BY Llik2 on | November 28, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Well done nepal good to see you in world cup

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 28, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    I have some complains with Cricinfo..? why not showing live updates n score when nepalese play there's nothing wrong when u update n show live scores when other tram plays kenya usa Netherlands Irland dubai.. why discrimination with us..?

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Cheers Guys, Really u Proved Nepali Cricket in the world.Best of Luck for next Match with Afghanistan, It's time for revenge now.

  • POSTED BY swazzer on | November 28, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Thank you to all the well-wishers of the Nepalese cricket team on behalf of all the Nepalese cricket fans. It really feels great to be noticed by people from far and wide.

    And thank you for your valuable suggestions and concerns. I am sure, our team will continue to work on their game with even more vigor and dedication and overcome the shortcomings.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 28, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    Pakistan wil win the wt20 insahAllah

  • POSTED BY GasPipe on | November 28, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Well done to the Nepalese cricket team! Us Kiwis will see you on the pitch in 2014, best of luck!

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    Warm congratz to Nepal from the people of Bangladesh. We feel the heat. Waiting to see you guys in Dhaka.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    Great day for nepali cricket fans. Good job nepali cricket team. Wel come home. We'll celebrate our achievement.

  • POSTED BY shyam69 on | November 28, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Congrats Nepali! good bowled by avinash karna

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Hurray!! thumps up Nepali cricket team, and last man standing Veshwakar.. he is our finisher.. he is god gift to us so as our left arm spinner basant. Captain paras and Malla are too good on sending ball out of the boundaries. But guys we still have to fight bangladesh or zimbawe for ture qualifying..so build up your strategy from right now. Once we beat good team HK, we thought we are now playing with big boys, but goshhh, we still have to fight weaker test playing teams. Quite unfair huh? anyway we have to fight back hard on now. Cheers once again..

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | November 28, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    Looked at the photographs from the match, was amazed to see the large crowd. Wow! The match was shown live on this website (ISP providing) but it was late where I'm located so I declined to click and instead caught the latest score in the Ind-WI game, promptly went to sleep. Now, I regret it.

    ESPNCricInfo, please broadcast the Nepal vs Afghan game, I will be sure to watch it. Congrats to Nepal, and the other teams who have qualified. Good luck to the rest who still have an opp, bad luck to the teams who have missed out this time, better luck next time. Great to see the game expanding beyond the usual suspects. Next step: fewer expats and more home grown players.

    ps: Shame on the USA team. Truly pathetic considering the resources.

  • POSTED BY Jonah58 on | November 28, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    @Haleos No you are wrong it is the 8 full members who are being arrogant, the teams in this competition have spent the last 2 years getting through to this qualification tournament. After all this is the ICC World T20 qualifiers according to the ICC themselves.. The teams that progress from here have earned the right to play against the big boys. After all T20 is the format at which the ICC say all affiliates and associates have the most chance of competing with their eilite. So yes I say Ireland, Afghanistan, Nepal and ALL the other qualifiers from this competition deserve to go into the T20 world cup and not some other qualification layer.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    Congrats to all Nepali fans and their team for qualifying to the so called World Cup 2014 Bangladesh, Unfortunately I have to say that it is not fair that ( Afghanistan, Ireland, Nepal, UAE and two more teams are qualifying) but they might not play with the big teams so it is an other 8 test playing nations T20 League not a world cup From and Afghan Fan

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | November 27, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    ICC ban on large logo shirt sponsorship and other restrictions need to be examined. Nepal cricket (and all associates) would benefit exponentially from Indian (or even multinational) companies' sponsorship during the tournament, meaning they are far less dependent on ICC handouts.

  • POSTED BY Shariful-Islam on | November 27, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    Congratulation Nepal Team from Bangladesh.

    @All Nepalese:

    Be patient to play against top test team. Top team like Australia, India, SriLanka , South Africa, England, Pakistan, New Zealand, West Indies are more stronger team than associate team. Zimbabwe was much stronger team past. But some trouble between player and their board; they became weaker. But they all most recover now-a-days. Bangladesh is the last full member of ICC. We got Test status in 2000. We need all most 10 years to competition against top team. Ireland and Afghanistan also stronger now-a-days. Your team(Nepal) need more improve to play against top full member team.

    There is big difference between cricket and football structure. There are 37 associate and 60 affiliates members in ICC. But only 16 member play ICC World T20 qualifier. Why ? Because top 16 team play qualifier round. If you improve quickly than you will be play top full member soon.

  • POSTED BY jalesa on | November 27, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Its really a great feeling to see Nepal into a world league with almost no infrastructure and support from Government. Salute to my Nepalese cricket team and coach for providing us this happiness.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Well done from New Zealand. Obviously always a special link between NZ and Nepal via Everest/Hillary/Tenzing etc

  • POSTED BY RuwanFer on | November 27, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Congratz Nepal! Great progress using limited opportunities. Keep up the good work.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | November 27, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Just seeing what this win and qualifying for the World T20 means to Nepal makes this competition a joy to behold. Maybe Nepal will lose every game when they get to the World T20, but they will go home wanting more and a lot of other Nepali players will want to have the same experience themselves and play against their heroes.

    This is a great moment for expanding the game in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Well done Nepal, from the comments i have seen from your supporters this means a lot to you guys well done! Shame the format is you have to play the weaker full members and not against the big boys. Hope HK, PNG can qualify, would be nice for cricket world!

  • POSTED BY DaDaL0G on | November 27, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    How many teams will qualify how can i learn it i dont understand wots happening :-s how many team we will have in WorldT20 WC??

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | November 27, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Congratz Nepal !!! It seems that Sri Lankan coach has done a good job with Nepali players to bring this team to the global arena. Best wishes from a SL fan !!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Why is the tournament named as World t20 ?? I dont see and justice done to the associate teams!! Even First ranked nations plays qualifier matches in football then why not the top ranked teams in cricket are not playing the qualifiers ??? And the funniest part is if the teams are already qualified for the world t20, why aren't they allowed to play with other nations in the tournament ?? why only with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe!!! ???

  • POSTED BY LegSpinBowlr on | November 27, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Congrats Nepal on the qualification, see you guys in WT20 cup

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Congrats...that is awesome.....keep it going Nepal!!!

  • POSTED BY WorldWideCricket on | November 27, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Congrats ..... team NEPAL, just loved it. Welcome to Bangladesh.

    I am sure in few years AISA it self can have its own WORLD CUP, there are 6 nations just from ASIA.

    Asia Zindabad ! Nepal Zindabad ! Bangladesh Zindabad

    --Love from a Bangladeshi Fan

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    YOhhhhhhhhhhhhh..... This is the first time CrAZIEST Nepali Cricket fans get a chance to be happy with huge reason as their players gave them this proud and emotional moment,,, Long live NCT... Its really a historical moment,, and the big thing is that Afghanistan and Nepal will clash in semi final which will be the biggest clash of tournament and probably it'll be revenge time.. Hats off to Sharad Vesawkar for that last over.....

    BANGLADESH we r coming...

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Got no words to say ... will spare my words to say after lifting the trophy ... Jai Nepal Jai Gorkhali

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Congrats ..... team NEPAL...... wish u all the best for upcoming ICC T20 WORLD CUP..... We will always remember today's match.....

  • POSTED BY Anantas11 on | November 27, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Excellent pressure management boys.. I have seen Nepal choking in same pressure situation in past & narrowly missing out but.... No I can say Boys have became Man & they are ready to surprise.......Best Wishes for rest of the Matches & all the best for world cup!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    thanks alot for neplese cricket team they playing exceptional cricket and thanks for the supporting neplese cricket

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Apart from Afghanistan matches, Nepal vs. Hong Kong was the only match i watched live till 4am. Congratulations team Nepal and good luck in the Semifinal; it sure will be a fantastic match.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    I cant express my happiness after nepals results.. i am really happy to see nepal in cricket field.. me being a bangladeshi had the oppurtunity to grow up with them.. they are amazing people.. bangladesh being my mother land will always be my 1st support and nepal will be my second support... reqst to all the nepali people please cheer your team with all your heart..JAI GORKHA JOY BANGLA

  • POSTED BY Autowrecker on | November 27, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Well done team Nepal. But looking at T20 schedule these 6 qualifying teams have to compete with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh to eventually qualify for the proper World t20 cup. As only 2 teams will qualify these 6 may never get through considering Zimbabwe and Bangladesh on way. But who knows.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    awesome news, love from srilanka, now we should have a extended asia up with all afgan,nepal,hongkong etc, may be play t20 matches in asia cup with all these teams,,

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | November 27, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Congrats. Shouldn't the Asia Cup scheduled in late Feb be just a T20 tour with the likes of Afghanistan and Nepal involved? This will also give the other nations including SL, Pak, Ind, Bangla to try out new combinations and prepare for the World Cup..Oh sorry I'm not the Asia Cricket Council chairman..just a well wisher of this wonderful sport.

  • POSTED BY D-Ascendant on | November 27, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    It's such a travesty that Asia Cup today excludes Afghanistan, Nepal, UAE... how else will these teams improve>

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 27, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Congratulation to my country Nepal.. And thanks to all of u guys from different countries to support and showing love towards our nation.. JAYA NEPAL..

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Well-done Nepal. Good to see you in big stage & looking farward to clashing with Afghanistan. It is going to be another joyfull match to watch. Once again congrats from Afghanistan.

  • POSTED BY RK204 on | November 27, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    It's really great to see countries like nepal is in the WC.. :) Hope they will keep up the good works.. Best wishes from BD..... God bless

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    its really nice to get appreciations from not only nepal bt other countries too abt nepalese cricket...i wouldnt have been sad if we didnt go to wc coz we r already in the hearts of cricket fans....thats the imp.thing u want..success is different thing...imo

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Congratulations to all Nepalese people. Nepal, Welcome to Bangladesh!

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | November 27, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    @bharat71 - you have a point there. But dont be arrogant. Nepal is doing wonderfully well and hope they get to play better teams. Atleast they are playing with local talents unlike their opposition who had just 2 players from their country rest all were from another country.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Wow out of 16 teams how mush from Asia will be there India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, UAE and Hongkong still has a chance to snick inside. Asian Cricket Council should see this and start the Asia T-20 Championship as soon as possible and first series should be played in Nepal, after making there stadium of International Quality. This Cup should be played every 2 years and after seeing the improvement they should add one by one into Asia Cup 50 Over format also, at present Afghanistan is ready to play as a fifth country in Asia Cup 2014, ACC are you listening?

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Finally will be supporting my own country in world-cup of any sort of sport. congrats nepalese cricket team for this great achievement. this will certainly help to raise the popularity of cricket in our country as i thappen to india after 1983 world cup win. will love to see nepalese playing with top teams in cricket

  • POSTED BY rydwan78 on | November 27, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Congrat Nepal. Keep up the great works.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    I am pleased to see them get through. next target is to finish at top.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    i am from india and congratulations to Afganistan and Nepal....hoping PNG to perform well in the last game and clinch a spot in WC. PNG deserves to be there

  • POSTED BY Sadip on | November 27, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Congratulation to all the Nepalese Players...!! Proud of you guys...!!

  • POSTED BY rosshan_yadav on | November 27, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    we can beat afghan in semi final....jay nepal!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Congratulations to Nepal. With us Bangladesh hosting, Afghanistan and Nepal qualifying along with the established Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan, this T20 World Cup '14 would truly be South Asian World Cup. 6/16 are from SAARC !!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Well done guys. lige This is the best moment of my All our best wishes with you to do best in icc world t20 and grab trophy in our hands.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    great achievement guys. congratulations & best wishes from West Bengal, India. looking forward to watch you guys in the world t20 next year.

  • POSTED BY bharat71 on | November 27, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    @HALEOS..

    We want to Play with the Top Teams...

    But there's no environment.,

    citing the example of FOOTBALL.. Even Japan needs to Win Nepal, bhutan to Qualify...even Brazil/Spain needs to Play Qualifier... But why not in cricket?

    When we don't get exposure ..how can we improve!?

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    congratulation Nepal, Now we need to improve a bit and win the trophy

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | November 27, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    well done guys!! hope to seen you playing test cricket in another 10-15 years. Love from India.

  • POSTED BY RajanBorna on | November 27, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Congratzzzz Nepal ...from a Bangladeshi ..

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Thanks all the guys who watched Nepal's game and enjoyed and thought they deserved it.

  • POSTED BY kuikel2 on | November 27, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    well done guys.. you all make us proud. playing with such team spirit is incredible and holding nerves at key moments will help us to improve in upcoming matches....well from now onward try to win as much matches as you can to boost morale....... and a win against afg is waited

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    It really makes all of us proud as a Nation..Best of luck Nepal :D

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Nepal rocking ....best of Nepal for upcoming T-20 World Cup.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    I am really happy to see Nepal cricket team qualify for the T20 world cup. Congrats from India.

  • POSTED BY indiaindiyeah on | November 27, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Congrats Nepali Brothers. Perform well in the world cup...

  • POSTED BY Anil_Koshy on | November 27, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Really proud moment for Nepal, they really worked hard, it would have been really sad if they had not qualified, it would great to see teams comprising of indigenous players qualify, nobody wants to see teams like Hong Kong, UAE, Canada or USA playing with retired/discarded cricketers from other countries plus some expatriates to make up the numbers.

  • POSTED BY yohandf on | November 27, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Congratulations to Nepal from Sri Lanka . We (SL) were the third to rise from south asia and Bangladesh followed . Afghanistan is almost in there and its Nepal to follow now . So South asia is rocking in cricket . To administrators of SL ,IND , PAK and BANG . please include both Afghan and Nepali teams in upcoming asia cup 2014 . they deserve it .

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    watched the whole game on tv. congrats team Nepal. Wish u all the best. from Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | November 27, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    @ bharat71 - No one is afraid to play you. Dont be so arrogant. Atleast with the qualification round the associates can gain some confidence. What do you think will happen if one of the top 4 teams is playing against an associate?

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    well done nepal. we are very close to world cup. JAY NEPAL JAY NEPAL JAY GORKHALI

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    congrats ..... Nepali cricket team best of luck for T20 2014

  • POSTED BY romirom on | November 27, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    congrats boys. We are proud of u.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | November 27, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Jai Nepal, Jai Gurkha !! Congratulations to Nepali team for entry to World T20. I am an Indian supporter but I will also be supporting Afghan and Nepali teams for the first time. I am very happy and I hope every Nepali is proud of this achievement. Best wishes.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    NEPAL NEAPL NEPALThe world will see the power of Gorkhalies not in the battle filed but in cricket filed see u at T20 world cup beaware of rhinos...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 27, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Aayo Gorkhali!

  • POSTED BY boundsgreenboy on | November 27, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Well done Nepal.This is great to see.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Congratulations to Nepal Cricket. This is a proud moment for all of us.

  • POSTED BY Pramod_Khanal on | November 27, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Congrats to our Nepalese team.... Finally Nepal has got a chance to play International match though it is still a qualifying match but with strong team such as Bangladesh, it will test our preparations & Attitude at world stage. Proud of u boys.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    we are very proud of you boys....god bless you all and thank you very much coach pubudu dasnayeke

  • POSTED BY bharat71 on | November 27, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Congrats Nepal!

    But i am shocked "HOW MUCH DISPARITY IS BEEN INFLICTED UPON ASSOCIATE NATIONS..they have to Qualify within the Worldcup itself!...and other 8 full member needn't play even a single game to go to 2nd Round..."

    sorry, but it's too much! Bad for the Game..

    Or, Are U so-called FULL-MEMBER afraid to FACE-US?

  • POSTED BY Tarif123 on | November 27, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Thanks to our Nepal team to make us proud!! and also thanks to them who supported Nepal through out the tournament!! Proud & Salute to Nepali team for thier great achievement in the history of cricket

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    It was a dream till now to cheer my country ever since I started watching CRICKET!!! Truly a glorious day in the sporting history of the nation!!

    Lots and lots of congratulations to NCT!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    well done nepal finally what we dreamed came true!!!!!!! captain cool from nepal again made it possible with only two fours no sixes but scored 46 in a tight game !!!! kept the scores ticking and was on the winning side!!!! hope now that CAN finally thinks of something more and give more practice matches for the team with higher ranked countries. khadka is now the same on the hearts of nepali fans as msd to india. with great luck. hope he will feature in some international t20 leagues. some coaches must be eyeing you all the best

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Well done Nepal, watched the whole match on Sky this morning and was really impressed with Basant Regmi's left-arm spin and Paras Khadka's batting and captaincy. Their fielding was excellent and bowling intelligent, tremendous support as well, great stuff!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    It's really wonderful moment of the life. Would like to thanks to Coach Mr. Dassanayake to his great effort to make qualified Nepal in T20 world cup 2014. Obviously, Our player, no words to say, you just did it. We are really proud of you. Cheers! Cheers!! Cheers!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 27, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Yesss!!! Victory for Asian teams:) Make the most of this chance Nepalese, you guys really do love cricket. Best wishes, from a Pakistani fan.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Thrilling victory for Nepal, wish Nepal would give same challenge in t20 WC..... Nepal

  • POSTED BY Autowrecker on | November 27, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Congratulations to Nepalese team to making it to the international arena. However there is a another big hurdle which I feel is next to impossible.The six qualifying teams are grouped with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in ICC T20. Only one from each group will then play on with the big cricketing nations. No prize for guessing who those teams will be. But nevertheless good job Team Nepal.

  • POSTED BY Mohammad_Yasa on | November 27, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Congratulations to Nepal for Qualifying for the first time to a World Cup. I am happy that Nepal would take on Afghanistan once again as the last match was reduced to 7 overs per side due to rain. This time it would be even more interesting. ONE MORE team from SOUTH ASIA in the World CUP.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Many congratulations from Bangladesh Cricket fans,

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    congrats ..... Nepali cricket team best of luck for T20 2014

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    U got it guys...keep it up in World Cup also....Nepal

  • POSTED BY Sushrutdhakal on | November 27, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    I hope Nepal gets more practice matches from neighbouring countries India and Bangladesh for better preparation for future events

  • POSTED BY Perera32 on | November 27, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Congrats to Nepal from Sri Lanka. Their coach Dassanayake,must be very proud too. I hope SL play Nepal, should be a good game.

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Congratulation Nepali team for their brave efforts and its time to revenge with Afganisan on Friday. I hope Nepal will beat Afg and prove why Nepal is there in T20 World cup !

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Wonderful cricket! That was a great game!!! Congratulation Team Nepal! Now we need the tournament title, spot for one dayer and one day world cup spot!!! Go Nepal Go!!! Yes we can do it!!! Go Nepal Go!!! Go Nepal Go!!! Go Nepal Go!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Grand salute to whole Nepali team !!! Historic moment to NEPAL and Nepali cricket fans

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!1 Incredible win for Nepal and we have finally achieved the long awaited dream but we still have to qualify in Bangladesh. Best Wishes for Nepal.!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Nepal going to play WC wow..wow

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    the greatest achievement in the history of nepali sports

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Nepal keep it up...New era of cricket in Nepal starts rite from today.....

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    No words, Just Speechless !!!!!! Nepal you finally made it to the world event ! Thank you Lads !!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    historical moment of nepali sports and also of my life cccongrats tonepali cricket

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  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    historical moment of nepali sports and also of my life cccongrats tonepali cricket

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    No words, Just Speechless !!!!!! Nepal you finally made it to the world event ! Thank you Lads !!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Nepal keep it up...New era of cricket in Nepal starts rite from today.....

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    the greatest achievement in the history of nepali sports

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Nepal going to play WC wow..wow

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!1 Incredible win for Nepal and we have finally achieved the long awaited dream but we still have to qualify in Bangladesh. Best Wishes for Nepal.!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Grand salute to whole Nepali team !!! Historic moment to NEPAL and Nepali cricket fans

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Wonderful cricket! That was a great game!!! Congratulation Team Nepal! Now we need the tournament title, spot for one dayer and one day world cup spot!!! Go Nepal Go!!! Yes we can do it!!! Go Nepal Go!!! Go Nepal Go!!! Go Nepal Go!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 27, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Congratulation Nepali team for their brave efforts and its time to revenge with Afganisan on Friday. I hope Nepal will beat Afg and prove why Nepal is there in T20 World cup !

  • POSTED BY Perera32 on | November 27, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Congrats to Nepal from Sri Lanka. Their coach Dassanayake,must be very proud too. I hope SL play Nepal, should be a good game.