ICC/CN – Kathmandu – Nepal lost their last group stage match of ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014 being played in New Zealand against Canada by 12 runs.
After rain delayed the start of play and reduced the game to 41 overs per side, Canada opted to bat. Opener Nitish Kumar(19 years) posted a rapid-fire 67, including five fours and the only two sixes of the Canada innings, however, the day belonged to middle-order batsman Raza-ur-Rehman, whose knock of 89 came from just 87 balls. When Raza was run out in the 35th over, the middle and lower orders carried on the good work, with Hamza Tariq adding 34 runs before the side reached 255 for the loss of nine wickets from its 41 overs.
The Nepal run chase started ominously, with opener Sagar Pun dismissed for a duck in the first over. Pradeep Airee steadied the ship with a knock of 26, before Gyanendra Malla added 86 runs. Tail-ender Basant Regmi scored a quick-fire 25 from 17 balls to no avail. Nepal reached 243 for eight wickets, 13 runs short of its target.
Khurram Chohan was the stand out bowler for Canada, claiming four wickets for 59 runs.
Canada will now face Scotland in its final Group stage match in an ODI encounter that both sides need to win to secure the final Group A spot in the Super Six stage of the tournament.
Today’s loss was Nepal’s fourth in row, and means that the side will miss out on the Super Six stage of the tournament.
Disappointed Nepal captain Paras Khadka said his team pushed hard for the win but had not been consistent enough. “Things really haven’t gone well for us. We came to New Zealand really well prepared but we haven’t executed our plans and we haven’t played anywhere near to our potential.”
“We need to show more consistency. We want to stay as highly ranked as possible, so we will continue to push ourselves in the remaining matches in the tournament,” he said.
Canada has kept its slim hopes of qualifying for the Super Six stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014 (CWCQ) alive with a 12-runs victory over Nepal.
ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014 so far:
UAE vs Nepal – Jan. 13, 2014
UAE 297/8 (50.0 Overs)
Nepal 195/10 (48.1 Overs)
Nepal lost by 102 runs
Scotland vs Nepal – Jan. 16, 2014
Scotland 249/7 (50.0 Overs)
Nepal 159/10 (46.1 Overs)
Nepal lost by 90 runs
Nepal vs Hong Kong – Jan. 19, 2014
Nepal 150/10 (49.3 Overs)
Hong Kong 154/0 (33.2 Overs)
Hong Kong won by 10 wickets
Canada vs Nepal – Jan. 21, 2014
Canada 255/9 (41.0 Overs)
Nepal 243/8 (41.0 Overs)
Canada won by 12 runs