Nepal gain ODI status downing PNG in WC qualifiers
Nepal became the latest inclusion in International Cricket Council’s limited over cricket playing country’s list, the status that they gained defeating Papua New Guinea in the World Cup 2019 qualifier game held in Zimbabwe.
The status, however, still, will be regarded as a temporary one until 2022, joining with other three nations Scotland, the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates.
Sandeep Lamichhane’s excellent bowling display and Dipendra Singh Airee’s all-round show helped Nepal secure a six-wicket win against Papua New Guinea in the play-off game at the Old Hararians Sports Club.
The victory, therefore, ensured Nepal’s ODI status.
Lamichhane and Airee bagged four wickets apiece after Nepal opted to bowl, and ran through PNG’s batting order, picking up wickets at regular intervals to bowl the opposition out for 114.
Later, despite losing a few early wickets, Nepal remained in track to the successful chase; credit goes to a fine knock from Airee, who was involved in a 67-run association for the fourth wicket with Aarif Sheikh.
Airee finished things off in style, scoring a six to reach his fifty and help his team over the line in the 23rd over.
Brief scores: Papua New Guinea 114 in 27.2 overs (Charles Amini 19; Dipendra Singh Airee 4-14, Sandeep Lamichhane 4-29) lost to Nepal 115/4 in 23 overs (Dipendra Singh Airee 50*, Aarif Sheikh 26; Norman Vanua 2-25) by 6 wickets.
The cricket crazy nation marked it as a historic day and flurry of tweets emerged congratulating the country. Here are some of them …