Could Nepal really qualify for the Cricket World Cup?

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Nepal beat Canada in a last-ball thriller to book a place in ICC World Cup Qualifers, to be played in a in Zimbabwe next month. Ahmed hit three sixes and 10 boundaries for his 123-ball 114 while Mustafa scored 51 from 74 balls as the pair added 109 runs for the first wicket.

Earlier, Srimantha Wijeratne's maiden List-A hundred had pushed Canada to 194 for 8 as the opposition spinners Basant Regmi (3/34) and Lamichhane (2/40) tightened the noose on the batsmen.

Helge SchützCraig Williams in action against UAE
Helge SchützCraig Williams in action against UAE

Nepal (4-1) was reduced to its last wicket in the 43rd over at 144 for eight.

Nepal team celebrates a Canadian wicket.

Nepal's captain Paras Khadka was overwhelmed by the result: "Things have just worked for out for us, we have been working so hard for all these years and eventually it has happened for us, I am speechless". I feel for Canada, one in a million times you would win those games.

In an incredibly tight finish to the group stages, Nepal finished on top of the log on eight points, followed by UAE, Canada and Namibia all on six points each, Oman on two and Kenya on zero points. Amid some tight bowling, Sandeep grabbed another two and Basant got one to make it 90/4 in 27th over. They helped Nepal to reach the target of 195 and won a spot in Zimbabwe. Oman and winless Kenya will play another playoff.

Feb 15, 2018-Nepal suffered a seven-run defeat at the hands of UAE in the final of the ICC World Cricket League Division II at Windhoek in Namibia on Thursday.