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Nepal gets ODI status


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Nepal have gained ODI status for the first time in their history after defeating Papua New Guinea by six wickets in the Cricket World Cup Qualifier play-off at Old Hararians Sports Club.

Nepal's bowlers laid the platform for the comprehensive win, with Sandeep Lamichhane and Dipendra Airee taking four wickets apiece to dismiss their opponents for 114 in just 27.2 overs. It was another disappointing batting display from PNG, who have now been bowled out for 200 or fewer in four of their five matches in the competition. The defeat confirms they will lose their ODI status.

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Paras Khadka's decision to field upon winning the toss was vindicated when Sompal Kami trapped Assad Vala, the PNG skipper, lbw in the third over for 10. Karan KC then got into the act, getting rid of the dangerous Tony Ura for 11, as the scoreboard read 29/2.

Chad Soper and Sese Bau took PNG past the 50-mark, sharing a third-wicket stand of 22, but from then on Nepal's bowlers ran amok.

Lamichhane, the 17-year-old leg-spinner, was irrepressible once again, claiming figures of 4/29 to take his wicket tally for the tournament to 11. He took a wicket in each of his first four overs, trapping Soper lbw for 10 and then sneaking one past the defences of Bau (11) before accounting for Mahuru Dai (5) and Kiplin Doriga (10). That left PNG floundering at 78/6.
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#2
Good news....I think they can also become part of Asia Cup if they win qualifier by beating UAE/Oman may be
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#3
They can now play against top team. Other teams with ODI status (the 12 full members and Scotland, UAE, Netherlands.) will be counted as ODIs which are the peak of one day cricket and the closest step to test status. It will also likely mean more funding and guarantees them in the world cricket league championship. It's unlikely they will play any ODIs against top 5 ODI teams any sooner.
کام جوان کی موت ہے، باپ کما رہا ہے یہی بہت ہے
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#4
It is interesting to note that their cricket board is currently suspended by ICC due to government interference.
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