Nepal has been qualified for the first time to play in the upcoming ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2014 after beating Hong Kong by five wickets on Wednesday in a qualifying match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
It was an exciting match as fans of both teams had to wait until the last ball of the match being bowled to see who can win the match. Nepal scored the winning run in the last ball of the final over after coming to chase Hong Kong’s 143 runs. Waqas Barkat, Nizakat Khan and Tanwir Afzal all scored 25 runs apiece.
Nepal needed 13 runs to win in the final over. Sharad Vesawkar made the target easy by hitting a four and six in back-to-back balls. After scores being equaled, he then pushing the ball through extra cover took one required run in the last ball to clinch the victory.
Nepal cricket team skipper, Paras Khadka, played an important innings of 39-ball 46 while Gyanendra Malla scored 30 runs from 27 balls. Their contribution helped Nepal to be qualified for their first ICC tournament.
With this victory, Nepal has reached to the semi-final round of the qualifying tournament where they will face Afghanistan.