ICC World Cup 2019: Nepal Enter Qualifiers Via Last-Ball Thriller Win Over Canada

| February 15 , 2018 , 17:17 IST

Nepal booked their place in the qualifiers of ICC World Cup 2019. This historic achievement for the came with a win over Canada in sensational last-ball climax. The match was in ICC World Cricket League on Wednesday.

After restricting Canada to a modest total of 194 with Srimantha Wijeratne's unbeaten 103, Nepal almost slipped on the banana peel as they stared at defeat with nine wickets down for 144.

However the last-wicket pair of Karan KC and Sandeep Lamichhane who added 51 off the 47 balls, and snatching victory away from Canada's hands.

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Nepal needed eight runs off the final over and after four dot balls in a row, KC hammered Cecil Pervez for a six to leave two to get from one. After Pervez bowled a wide, KC scampered for a single in the final ball to ignite wild celebrations in the Nepali camp.

The win puts Nepal into an all-important ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Zimbabwe next month where more opportunities in global cricket lie in wait for them. Nepal will now join one-time cricketing giants West Indies, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, the Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the 10-team World Cup Qualifiers scheduled for March 4-25.