UAE v Nepal, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Abu Dhabi November 30, 2013

Vesawkar leads Nepal to third-place finish

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nepal 133 for 5 (Vesawkar 43*) beat UAE 131 for 5 (Regmi 4-16) by five wickets
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Nepal capped a fabulous run at the World Twenty20 Qualifier by securing another last-over win to finish third. As against Hong Kong, when Nepal claimed their place at next year's World Twenty20, and during the group-stage win over Kenya, Sharad Vesawkar proved nerveless at the death, hitting Shadeep Silva - whose initial three overs had cost just 10 runs - for consecutive sixes and sealing a five-wicket victory over UAE with four balls to spare.

Nepal had appeared to be in control of the run chase, with Vesawkar and opener Subash Khakurel settled at the crease and 38 runs required from the final five overs. Khakurel fell shortly after and when Binod Bhandari became the fifth wicket down three balls later, UAE had their window of opportunity. It was quickly slammed shut. Vesawkar had progressed steadily to 23 from 21 deliveries but, with the asking rate up to 11 an over, he struck three sixes and Anil Mandal two fours to seal the result.

UAE had been tied down throughout their innings, unable to build any significant partnerships. At 70 for 4 in the 13th over, they were struggling to remain competitive, before Shaiman Anwar provided some impetus with a quickfire 24 from 16 balls. Anwar became Basant Regmi's fourth wicket with the score on 101 but Swapnil Patel and Mohammad Shafiq added another 30 to give their bowlers something to defend.

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  • Android on January 2, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    best of luck for Nepal cricket team i will support to Nepal in next t20 world cup. from srilanka fan

  • Cricinfouser on December 1, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Congrats to Nepal. Hope to see thrm perform well in the future. Congratulations to UAE, a country where there are less cricket fans (but there are are a huge number of Indians in the UAE), for qualifying for the World Twenty20 Cup.

  • Shariful on December 1, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    If Nepal want to play word cup 2015; then, they need more good in World Cup Qualifier. There are ten team play in qualifier. 6 team from ICC World Cricket League Championship:United Arab Emirates (3rd),Netherlands (4th),Scotland (5th),Kenya (6th),Namibia (7th),Canada (8th) 2 team from ICC World Cricket League Division Two: Papua New Guinea (3rd),Hong Kong (4th) 2 team from ICC World Cricket League Division Three: Nepal (1st),Uganda (2nd) 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier: Group A:United Arab Emirates,Scotland,Canada,Hong Kong,Nepal Group B:Netherlands,Kenya,Namibia,Papua New Guinea,Uganda 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 World Cup 2015.Among the 10 team Nepal in the 9th place according to Division League. So Nepal need to go top 2 to play world cup. I think, Netherlands,Scotland,Kenya are ahead in New Zealand condition. But, best of Luck to Nepal.

  • Amresh on December 1, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    Yes, we needed this win after that 1 sided semis with the Afghanis !!! We have definitely improved as a better side now... bt still we need plenty of exposures. Now time to think about cementing the place in the 2015 World Cup. You guys can make it .... Jay Nepal !!! Jay Nepali Cricket !!!

  • Pr on December 1, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    Nepal is a good t20 team.they r grouped with BD nd Afghan.hope they beat this two nd quallify .if they quallify they should atleast beat team like ind

  • Gaire on December 1, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    after the completin of he qualifier seri, veshakar has emerged as a good finisher. it looks as if veshwakar is in crease and team has to make 20 odss run then he will get you home quite easily.

  • Android on December 1, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    see you all Big guns of cricket in world cup. ... .All Nepalese are waiting to beat country like India.

  • Shoaib on November 30, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    I rate Nepal far more than Afghanistan.

  • Shariful on November 30, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Bangladesh got test status 2000 and BCCI not interest to play with Bangladesh in their home yet. Bangladesh have more than 30 players who are international standard. But only 5 players got chance to play in IPL. So, don't want much more from BCCI. Without benefit, they cannot help you.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Paras Khadka and Basant Regmi deserve a place in an IPL squad, maybe Sharad Vesawker too after his efforts in this competition.

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