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Both teams aim for ODI status © Getty Images
Both teams aim for ODI status © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018. In Match 21, we see Nepal take on Papua New Guinea (PNG) at Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare. An ODI status awaits the winner of the 7th place play-off. And Nepal as well as PNG will strive hard to get that status. Nepal are in a better position as that to PNG. They finished fourth in the Group B points table, courtesy their five-wicket win over Hong Kong. That win allowed Afghanistan to earn their spot in the Super Sixes. Meanwhile, Afghanistan are taking on West Indies at Harare in an important Super Six game.

Afghanistan have beaten West Indies once in ODIs and who can forget their remarkable triumph in the 2016 World T20. Phil Simmons, who was coaching West Indies, not too long back, is now in the Afghanistan camp. Before the tournament began, these two were touted favourites to make it to the 2019 World Cup. This should be a spicy affair. PNG had their moments as well in the tournament. Tony Ura emerged a hero for them, when he scored 151 against Ireland. He followed it up scoring 37 against West Indies. However, none could power PNG to the victory. Yet, Ura remains PNG’s best hope against Nepal.

To play spoilsport, some rains are expected for the day. Harare witnessed heavy rainfall last last week. The Old Hararians have worked in favour of the batsmen. Same could be expected for the crucial tie as well.

Squads: 

Nepal: Paras Khadka (c), Dipendra Singh Airee (wk), Aarif Sheikh, Lalit Bhandari, Shakti Gauchan, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Gyanendra Malla, Dilip Nath, Rohit Kumar, Lalit Rajbanshi, Basant Regmi, Anil Sah, Sompal Kami, Sharad Vesawkar

Papua New Guinea: Assadollah Vala (c), Jack Vare (wk), Charles Amini, Sese Bau, Mahuru Dai, Kiplin Doriga, Jason Kila, Vani Morea, Alei Nao, Damien Ravu, John Reva, Lega Siaka, Chad Soper, Tony Ura, Norman Vanua