Karan KC © Getty images
Karan KC © Getty images

Little did Canada anticipate a last-ball thriller when Nepal were 9 wickets down for 144. Nepal pulled off a thriller chase as they won by 1 wicket on the last ball of the match after being almost out of the contest in pursuit of 195 against Canada in a do-or-die match.

Things were going well till Cecil Pervez got 2 wickets in the seventh over including Paras Khadka for a golden duck. Dilip Nath and Dipendra Singh Airee added 50 for the fourth wicket partnership before Saad Bin Zafar caught Airee off his own bowling.

Karan’s heroics 

Karan KC came in to bat after the wicket of Aarif Sheikh, who fought hard before falling for 26 to Nikhil Dutta in the 43rd over. Canada were almost through with the match at that stage, but Karan held the fort. He scored 42 not out with 3 fours and 4 sixes and added 51 for the last wicket with wonderboy Sandeep Lamichhane (5*), who had never scored more than 2 in List A cricket.

Short problems

With his pace and bounce, Pervez got rid of Gyanendra Malla and Khadka in the same over. He later dismissed the well-set Nath for 41 with a short ball. Nath fought hard as wickets fell around him and had already hit 5 boundaries.

Aarif Sheikh and Rohit Kumar Paudel added 46 for the 7th wicket. Play was interrupted twice due to lightning and a drizzle while they were batting. That broke their momentum and Paudel fell to Satsimranjit Dhindsa. However, they won’t mind much now as they have qualified for the World Cup Qualifiers 2018 at Zimbabwe.

Nepal will compete against teams like West Indies, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland in the World Cup Qualifiers.  They are now one step away from World Cup 2019 which will be hosted in the British Isles.

Brief Scores:

Canada 194 for 8 (Srimantha Wijeratne 103*; Basant Regmi 3 for 34) lost to Nepal 195 for 9 (Karan KC 42, Dilip Nath 41; Cecil Pervez 3 for 41) by 1 wicket.