Kathmandu, March 3
Nepal have reached the U19 Cricket World Cup in dramatic fashion at Eden Garden Oval in Ajman in the UAE on Thursday.
The victory came thanks to a hat trick in the 48th over by Dipesh Kandel as Nepal beat the UAE by seven runs to qualify for the U19 World Cup in Sri Lanka in 2024.
This will be Nepal’s first appearance in the U19 World Cup since 2016.
Put into bat, Nepal only managed to score 192 thanks to a half-century by captain Dev Khanal.
Chasing a modest total, UAE looked to be in cruise control but then came the over from Kandel that changed the fate of the match and give Nepal an unprecedented victory over the UAE which in 2020 had beaten Nepal by 1 run thanks to the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method (DLS).
In 2022, the UAE qualified thanks to its past performances as the qualifiers could not be held due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking after the match with the ICC, Jagat Tamata, the coach of the U19 team, said the victory capped a hugely successful qualifier for Nepal.
“We have come up against a lot of talented cricketers during the past week, but for us, winning all our games highlights the wealth of talent we possess within this team,” he said. “We are excited by the prospect of coming up against the strongest teams and the best young players in the world in Sri Lanka next year.”