Afghanistan stay alive, Nepal gain ODI status

The Super Sixes round of the ICC World Cup qualifiers started with thrills and emotions with Afghanistan pulling yet another stunning victory over Windies while the day was a historical one for the Nepal Cricket team as they achieved the ODI series after beating Papua New Guinea.

Windies elected to bat first after winning the toss and they lost their momentum right from the start after losing the mighty opener Chris Gayle just for 1. None of the batsman except Marlon Samuels (36) and Shai Hope (46) could make a mark and with three wickets from Mujeeb and 2 wickets from Nabi restricted Windies for just 197 in their 50 overs.

In reply, Afghanistan lost both their openers early but Rahmat Shah came to the rescue and with his steady knock of 68 runs, the Afghans were well in the game. But after his departure, they lost some quick wickets. But due to the poor fielding and catch drops, Windies couldn’t pull of a thrilling victory and in the end Afghanistan won by 3 wickets and they are still alive to secure a spot in the World Cup.

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On the other hand, it was a day to remember for the Nepal fans and their team. After bowling out Papua for just 114 runs, it need only 23 overs for Nepal to chase the target and gain the ODI status.

Meanwhile, Netherlands won comfortably by 44 runs after bowling out Hong Kong for 130 runs and according to the latest update, Scotland are on their way to win comfortably against UAE after giving a mammoth target of 323 runs. With less than 6 overs to go, UAE need 82 runs to win which looks far away for the side.

Brief scores:

WI 197/8
AFG 198/7
Result: Afghanistan won by 3 wickets

NED 174
HK 130
Result: Netherlands won by 44 runs

PNG 114
NEP 115/4
Result: Nepal won by 6 wickets

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