World Cricket League Division 3 May 4, 2013

Nepal pip USA to WC Qualifiers

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nepal have leapfrogged USA to earn a place in the World Cup Qualifiers after a dramatic day at the World Cricket League Division 3 tournament in Bermuda.

It was a plausible, but unlikely, scenario at the start of the day with Nepal needing to thrash Italy then hope that Bermuda overcame USA. In the end, that is exactly what happened.

Nepal raced to victory with a massive 211 deliveries to spare which gave their net run-rate the surge required to keep their hopes alive. Tight bowling had restricted Italy to 127 for 9 and then Nepal's openers - Subash Khakurel and Pradeep Airee - added 87 in 12 overs to speed them on their way before captain Paras Khadka provided the finishing touches with 22 off eight deliveries.

Still, however, Nepal needed a favour from Bermuda who, by now, had no chance of progressing. Ultimately, Bermuda cruised home with more than five overs to spare, but it will have been an agonising few hours for Nepal. The hosts impressively knocked off 221 led by Chris Douglas, who made 89 off 75 balls.

Nepal will now join Uganda, who had already qualified top of the group, at next year's World Cup Qualifiers to compete for a chance to play at the main event in Australia and New Zealand in early 2015.

Speaking after the match, Khadka said it was hard work more than luck helped his side into the World Cup Qualifiers. "Pressure is always there, after having lost both our first two games. We had to step it up," he said. "Hats off to the boys for having played so well and for their determination. We had to wait for the results of the other matches, and then it happened for us. They say that when you work hard, things and luck work for you. That's what we believe in and it worked for us."

The action is not done yet in Division 3 though, with Nepal facing Uganda in the final on Sunday. Khadka said his side would put the negatives results of the past week out of their minds when they play that game: "We'll think positive and forget what happened. It was good that we were playing as a team today. The momentum is back and we just need to continue the momentum. Like I've said before, if we play to our potential, the results will be pretty good."

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  • ESPN on June 23, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Common nepal !!!!! Our dream to win World Cup qualifier

  • Andrew on May 7, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    Back in the late 90s, I thought Nepal would be the next Test nation. The juniors were so strong (every kid seemed to play the game), but they serially under produced when it matered. I thought they were at it again when Uganda beat them in the first round, but they have come back very well. I am very happy for Nepal. == == == Actually even more stoked about Uganda coming thru. They have been steady improvers for a while. I wonder how much that link with Kenya has helped?

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Nepal is playing World Cup soon..............Jai Nepal!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Congratulations from a Bangladeshi here. I would love to see Nepal progressing in the world of Cricket. It's a great win against Italy. Keep up the good fight boys.

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    NOW let us face it .....In the world cup qualifiers in 2014, Nepal will have to face 10 strong countries. Assuming Ireland and Netherland as 2 top teams in the Div 1 table, we will be competing with the likes of countries like Afganistan, Scotland, Kenya, Canada, UAE, Namibia, PNG, Hong kong, Uganda and NEPAL. Only 1st and 2nd will go on to the 2015 world cup....3rd and 4th will recieve one day status. Let us not get our hopes too high-recieving the one day status even will be regarded as a great feat!!

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    you guys really deserve that!! Welcome to New Zealand !!

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Save Guys Wicket we Are little bit away to won this Match....Go ahead Nepal..Jay Gorkhali...........

  • Urjun on May 5, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    It's great that a bangladeshi wants to see Nepal in worldcup.I love Bangladesh and Bangladesh cricket.But they are far ahead of us.Even if they just hav a sympathy on us ,our cricket will go miles further.Our guys need to learn from Bangladesh.Even if they play in Bangladesh they will do much better.Thank you Bangladesh for being with us.Love you

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Great job by Nepali players in the crucial match. The dream came in to true. Best of luck for World Cup 2015