Nepali bowlers shine as Nepal secure semi-final spot

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Nepali Bowlers dominated as Canada skidded to 80 all out in 15 overs in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A, at Al Amerat on Monday aiding Nepal to advance to the semi-final of the tournament from Group A.

Nepal defeated Canada by eight wickets, thanks to Sandeep Lamichhane, who led from the front with a three wickets haul (3-12) in his four overs.

Kamal Airee and Abinash Bohara picked two wickets apiece. The Canadian innings were rocked by two run-out dismissals triggering a collapse.

At 48-9, Canada were in a precarious situation with nearly ten overs remaining. Dilon Heyliger and No 10 Salman Nazar adopted a counter-attack strategy to push the score to take it to 80 with a crucial 32-run stand. Heyliger smashed 2 sixes and a four in his unbeaten 22-ball 24 while Nazar made 10.

Having bowled out Canada for 80 in 15 overs, Nepal were never in trouble, chasing down the target in 14.1 overs for the loss of Aasif Sheikh and Kushal Malla’s wickets.

Kushal Bhurtel, who became only the third Nepalese batter to score a T20I century on Saturday against the Philippines, stayed unbeaten on 34. Along with Dipendra Singh Airee (27), the side cantered to victory.

Nepal emerged as the Group A topper with a clean slate after recording three successive wins for six points.

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