The Nepal men’s cricket team created history after booking their spot for the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. A jam-packed Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur, erupted in joy as Nepal is now on the verge of reaching its maiden Cricket World Cup in India.
Facing the United Arab Emirates, Nepal needed 42 runs from 36 balls in the game when the umpires decided that the play couldn't continue due to bad light and declared them winners. The Rhinos were nine runs ahead of the DLS score and took all two points and overtook Namibia (39 points) by a solitary point.
Celebrating this historic win, the fans at the houseful Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground were super ecstatic. These fans were so eager to see their team perform as many were enjoying the fixture while sitting on trees, while at least 1000 spectators could be seen watching the game from outside the ground.
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Talking about the game, UAE won the toss and elected to bat first. Muhammad Waseem’s men posted 310/6 on the back of Asif Khan's unbeaten century. Khan ended up with 101 off 42 balls, including 11 fours and four sixes. While Vriitya Aravind put on 94 in 138 balls, which included two sixes and eight fours, the captain also had a quickfire 63 off 49 with six maximums and two fours.
Chasing this mammoth score, the Rhinos were put under pressure as they lost three wickets at the score of 37. Then the likes of Kushal Bhurtel, Bhim Sharki, Aarif Sheikh and Gulsan Jha scored crucial half-centuries to get Nepal near the target before the umpires halted play and give the Rhinos a historic win.
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