The cricket world loses out in qualifiers for Nepal for ‘Picture of the Year’
The cricket The world watched in awe as Nepal qualified for Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 after beating UAE at Duckworth Lewis System. In front of a roaring crowd at the Tribhuvan University Ground, Nepal booked their spot for the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe after a nine-time victory in controversial circumstances.
And you could see how much it meant to Nepal, who now head into a 10-team qualifier with players pouring onto the pitch to celebrate. Nepal needed 42 runs of 36 balls when the umpires converged in the middle of the field.
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Poor light seemed to affect play and the referees made the big decision with just six overs left. “Well what’s going to happen here. Gosh. They’re going off and I’m not sure the crowd knows,” said commentator Andrew Leonard.
“We’ll check that out. I think this could be the moment. They keep sprinting knowing they’re ahead with DLS. That’s extraordinary…the crowd thinks they’re going to Zimbabwe.”
Nepal were ahead in the DLS and secured the leap ahead of Namibia with the two points to secure another chance to qualify in the next phase. The batters at the time seemed unaware of the result until their teammates ran onto the field in celebration.
While the game ended in dramatic circumstances, scenes surrounding the game could only fill cricket fans with joy.
Cricket world loses it over Nepal fans
Nepal may be in Division Cricket World Cup League 2 but their support is top notch. Nepal’s supporters, who could rival some of the best atmospheres in cricket in the world, turned out in their thousands to cheer on their team.
Fans were photographed climbing trees outside the stadium to catch a glimpse of their team’s historic moment. Scotland cricket international Kyle Coetzer described the images as “simply amazing”, while the Barmy Army social account also acknowledged the stunning scenes.
The Rhinos were able to successfully chase the UAE’s 310 (with help from DLS) after Bhim Sarki scored 67 runs and Kushal Bhurtel 50 for their combined partnership. Then Aarif Sheikh hit 52 runs in the middle overs to lead the attack.
Teen Gulsan Jha scored 50 points in the back end of the innings to help Nepal put on the runs needed before poor light halted the game and The Rhinos clinched the crucial two points.
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