Nepal in World Cup qualifiers after IPL sensation Sandip Lamichhane's heroics

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A belligerent Karan KC (42, 31 balls, three 4s, four 6s) and Nepal's new IPL star Sandeep Lamichhane (5, 18 balls) kept calm amidst the death over tension to take them past the victory target of 195. The Player-of-the-Tournament award was claimed by Lamichhane, whose 17 scalps tied him with Oman's Bilal Khan for most wickets, although Lamichhane's tailend contributions with the bat, holding up one end in a pair of match-winning last-wicket stands, were arguably just as valuable. The North American side put up a challenging score of 194 runs in their allotted 50 overs with the loss of eight wickets. The team that leads the way for the toughest possible run to get qualification is Nepal. "One in a million times you would win those games".

"The fans back home are one of our biggest inspirations and we always thank them". Batting first and losing a couple of early wickets the middle order restored the innings scoring 247 runs for six wickets in their 50 overs.

In UAE's innings, Shaiman Anwar top-scored with 77 off 59 balls (3x6, 5x4), while Muhammad Usman added 59 off 57 balls (2x6, 3x4) and Ghulam Shabber 44.

Gerhard Erasmus (58, 63b, 3x4, 2x6) was yet again the stand out batter whose attempt to get Namibia across the line was not quite enough. Kenya, who batted first, got off to a fine start with opener Dhiren Gondaria smashing a 49-ball 68.

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The UAE edged through on net run-rate after finishing second in the table behind Nepal, level on points with Canada and Namibia.

"I feel for Canada", said Nepal captain Paras Khadka. To score over 254 runs against Namibia, after we were 100-4, so much credit to the guys. They now play each other in the final of the tournament. Vice-captain Gyanendra Malla was made nine runs.

In the final group match on Wednesday, Oman beat Kenya by two wickets.

Sharad Veswakar was sent back to pavilion with 30 off 37 balls including three boundaries while Arif Sheikh scored seven runs off 11 balls with two fours.

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