Basanta, Pradeep, Paras secure Nepal’s win

Nepal defeated Kenya by five wickets in the seventh place play off semi final in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers at ICC Global Cricket Academy, Dubai on Thursday.

Winning the toss, Nepal were invited on field.

Kenya put up a good effort to make the total of 139 runs for losing four wickets off the maximum 20 overs.

Alex Obanda scored 23 runs of 20 balls as Duncan Allan added 32 runs off 42 deliveries to give Kenya a perfect start. Obanda was bowled by Basanta Regmi in the sixth over.

Collins Obuya scored a magnificent half century for the batting team. Obuya smashed three fours and a six in his 42 balls-52 inning. Rakep Patel added another 15 runs off 8 balls before being sent stumped.

Basanta Regmi grabbed three wickets for Nepal while Sanjam Regmi picked up a wicket.

In reply, Nepal chased the target in 19.4 overs losing five wickets. Nepal had a perfect first wicket partnership between Pradeep Airee and Anil Mandal. Mandal scored 32 runs off 36 balls with four fours before being caught on Shem Ngoche. Airee later smashed four fours and two sixes on his 38 balls innings to score 45 runs.

Paras Khadka remained not out at 26 runs from 22 balls with three fours. Seven runs needed off the last over, Paras Khadka run for a single in the first ball. Basanta Regmi run for a single in the second ball. Khadka utilized the full toss ball and pushed it to long on to make quick two runs in the third ball. The fourth ball was the decided as Khada smashed it for a four securing Nepal’s position of eighth at least.

Ngoche picked up three wickets while Nehemiah Odhiambo and Nelson Odhiambo shared a scalp each for Kenya.

Man of the match was adjudged as Basanta Regmi for his three wickets and three naught out.

While in other matches of the day, Afghanistan passed Namibia by 47 runs to become the first team to enter into the 2012 World Cup. In the first preliminary final Ireland defeated Canada by ten wickets while in the second preliminary final, Netherlands defeated Scotland by three wickets. Ireland will lock horn with Netherlands now, the winner of which will play against Namibia for the another spot in world cup.

Nepal will take on P.N.G. on Friday in the seventh place play off final. P.N.G. won against Italy by 12 runs.