The Nepalese national cricket team have retained their ODI status after a record win against UAE on Monday. The 177 runs win is Nepal’s highest (in terms of runs) in ODI, surpassing the record of 151 runs win against PNG.
Nepal jumped to the fourth position in the CWC League 2 points table and are two wins away from taking over Namibia at the third position, which will ensure a direct spot in World Cup Qualifier at Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, UAE’s dream to retain the ODI status directly is shattered, and they need to follow another route to ensure their ODI status.
After posting 249 runs in the first inning, Nepal bowled out UAE for 71, their lowest-ever ODI total in front of a Jumbo crowd at TU Cricket Ground. Lalit Rajbanshi grabbed his maiden ODI fifer to bundle out UAE for a mere total after Rohit Paudel’s anchoring knock helped his side to post a competitive total.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Nepal’s record win to retain ODI status:
What a performance from Nepal 🔥
They defeat UAE by 177 runs in the @cricketworldcup League 2 match.
— ICC (@ICC) March 12, 2023
2 done,2 more to go.
What a performance,What a Team.
Let’s keep building.
— Paras Khadka (@paras77) March 12, 2023
रातो र चन्द्र सुर्य, जंगी निसान हाम्रो 🇳🇵🇳🇵
What a spectacular performance by Nepal. Nepal won by a massive margin of 177 runs, which is a record victory in ODIs for team Nepal. This victory ensures the ODI status of Nepal. Congratulations, team Nepal!
— CAN (@CricketNep) March 12, 2023
— cricnepal.com 🇳🇵 (@cricnepal) March 12, 2023
— Abinash Bohara (@imABohara) March 12, 2023
The way you guys are playing is fabulous .. 🌪️🔥
It may sound mean but
I’m getting jealous ,I repeat I’m getting jealous.. 🤪🤪 Hard work pays off
Congratulations Team 👏🇳🇵🇳🇵
2 more to go 💪💪 pic.twitter.com/wgDQrWZTZd
— Sita Rana Magar (@Sita_magar8) March 12, 2023
🇳🇵 Lost of words, this is an inspirational victory for Nepal to secure ODI status for the next four years.
Congratulations Team, the World Cup dreams are still alive. 🙌🏽🇳🇵🏏
— indu barma (@InduBarma) March 12, 2023
😮 Absolute fever pitch as Nepal reduce UAE to 8 for 4 in front of the biggest crowd I've ever seen at this ground.
It's a work day today in Kathmandu, look at the passion!!!! pic.twitter.com/VzFNggySCq
— Andrew Leonard (@CricketBadge) March 12, 2023
— Sandip Poudel Pietersen (@PietersenSandip) March 12, 2023
What a turn-around in the last 10 #ODI matches for team Nepal, a new head coach and all of a sudden, a boost in performance, a boost in attitude, and finally registering the biggest win in #ODI against UAE, Nepal retains #ODI status. #JaiChandraSurya
— Nischal Tiwari (@ni5chaltiwari) March 12, 2023
TU is absolutely rocking after DS Airee takes Mustafa for consecutive sixes. 🇳🇵240/8 with 17 balls left pic.twitter.com/jWFl7g4kj2
— Paul Radley (@PaulRadley) March 12, 2023
Let's wait for two more wins and celebrate to the fullest. Meanwhile, well done boys.
This has been a phenomenal comeback from boys.#NEPvUAE
— Samraat Maharjan (@MaharjanSamraat) March 12, 2023
Biggest runs win by Nepal in ODIs:
177 runs – v UAE, today
151 runs – v PNG, 2021
145 runs – v UAE, 2019
Nepal achieve their biggest win, to confirm that they retain ODI status.#NEPvUAE
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) March 12, 2023
— Bijay Uprety 🇳🇵 (@BijayOCT25) March 12, 2023
ODI retained for next 4 years!! ✅️
Spot for CWC Qualifier ⁉️@CricketNep vs @EmiratesCricket match days:
2-3-23: Nepal U19 team qualified for U19 CWC
6-3-23: Nepal eliminates UAE from top 3 race
12-3-23: Nepal retained ODI, UAE out of top 5 race
— Shishir Bhattarai (@sbhattarai12) March 12, 2023
What a win what a win.🇳🇵
We are still an ODI nation.🇳🇵
We earned this.🇳🇵
Time for the qualifications now.🇳🇵
We will surely do this.🇳🇵
Fifer for Lalit.
Captain pressure knock
All rounder performances from Jha & Airee.. Aren't we performing like one unit? Unity has power #nepvuae
— Bandana Proteas ABD Adhikari (Tutu✌✌)🇳🇵 (@sparklingtutu17) March 12, 2023
The only quaestion left to answer in CWC League 2 now is whether Nepal can close out their insane comeback to go 11 from 12 and finish 3rd. Today already secured their ODI status (under current rules anyway) as well as that of the USA.#NEPvUAE #CWCLeague2
— Bertus de Jong (@BdJcricket) March 12, 2023
Keep your sons and daughters in-front of your TV sets today.
Nepal Cricket Team’s performance is nothing short of inspirational.
— Dipesh Pandit (@Thejuly23rdd) March 12, 2023
Rohit Paudel 77
— Samraat Maharjan (@MaharjanSamraat) March 12, 2023
That's how you do it. Lalit with five-fer 🔥
ODI status retained. Brilliant game this. Another 4 years of top level competition. Yay. Can't explain this feelings. Just speechless. One of the great comeback winning 9 out of last 10 ODI games.🇳🇵👏#NEPvUAE #nepalcricket #CWCL2
— Niraj Rijal (@itsnee_raj) March 12, 2023
What else do you need if every player contributes something or other. In today's match everyone's performance was good in given circumstances. #Hit_Mode combo of @rohitpaudel17 & @montydesai proved that they're good in defending the total.
— Vijay Boddupalli (@VijayBoddupalli) March 12, 2023
— ROMAN 🇳🇵 (@RomanDhungana) March 12, 2023
Nepal did it! Retained the ODI status. Man, just remeber what sort of atmosphere it was a month back. Amidst all the chaos to winning 9 matches out of 10 is incredible. Beyond words. Thank you team Nepal.🇳🇵👏👏 WCQ – Nepal cricket team is coming! pic.twitter.com/1kC7JJOlvM
— Sakar Sedhain (@Sakaronsport) March 12, 2023
Read the pitch well, inspired change it seems. Well bowled Lalit Rajbanshi, well played Nepal. 2 more and history will be made…
— Sachin Sapkota 🇳🇵 (@sachinsapkota) March 12, 2023
ODI STATUS SAVED. NEXT TARGET TOP 3.
— Better call Anish (@bettercallanish) March 12, 2023
What all round performance by our boys. Never let UAE to settle. And won the game by huge margin to grab the 4th position
— Achyut Pathak (@pathak_achut) March 12, 2023
Nepal will face PNG on Monday, 13th March, followed by UAE on 16th march. Win in both clashes will ensure Nepal’s spot in the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe. CWC League 2 Champions Scotland and runner-up Oman have already booked their spot in the gateway to Cricket World Cup 2023.