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  • 7:27 PM IST

    Nepal have done it for Afghanistan. I am sure both the country’s government will sign few treaties for future political ties. They beat Hong Kong by 5 wickets in their last group stage encounter, and enable Afghanistan’s qualification for Super Sixes.

  • 7:14 PM IST

    Nepal are cruising towards their first win in the tournament with only 24 runs required with 5 wickets in hand. The partnership now is 64 runs from 17.2 overs. Sompal Kami is playing a good hand for Nepal here.

  • 6:54 PM IST

    Sompal KAmi and Rohit Kumar are fighting back hard. The partnership is now 36 from from 12 overs. Nepal need 52 more to win from 18 overs.

  • 6:08 PM IST

    Nepal need 92 in 31 overs with 6 wickets in hand. Are we in for another last over thriller here? Airee has held one side but finding it difficult to score runs. Rohit Kumar joins him in the middle.

  • 5:56 PM IST

    OUT! AND IT IS PARAS KHADKA! Big Big blow for Nepal. Their inform batsman who has been scoring piles of runs for them in the tournament is back in the pavilion. Aarif Sheikh is the new batsman in. Can Nepal win it from here without their skipper leading from front? Nepal 58/ 3 after 17 overs.

  • 5:33 PM IST

    OUT! The first wicket has fallen for Nepal and it is the well set Sah. This brings the in-form batsman Paras Khadka in the middle. He has been the lone ranger for Nepal in the tournament so far.

  • 5:22 PM IST

    Gyanendra Malla and Anil Sah have given Nepal a good start. Sah is hitting the ball well and is playing on 26 with 5 Fours. Nepal are 40 for loss of no wicket after 9 overs.

  • 4:28 PM IST

    It’s curtains for Hong Kong, however they crossed the 150 mark. Nut is it enough? Nepal’s batting line up has been heavily reliable on Paras Khadka. Will other batsmen contribute today or are we going to see another Khadka show? Nepal need 154 to win.

  • 3:52 PM IST

    The two Ehsan’s are frustrating the Nepalese bowlers by not giving away their wicket. They have scored 4 runs in 7.2 overs without hitting a boundary. Sandeep Lamichhane has bowled an impressive spell of 10 overs giving away only 17 runs.

  • 3:08 PM IST

    OUT! Rajbhansi dismisses the well set Nizakat Khan on 47. Aizaz Khan is the new batsman to step in. Can Hong Kong take the score to 150 with 4 wickets in hand?

    Hong Kong 108 for 6 after 30.3 overs.
  • 2:43 PM IST

    OUT! run-out was the last thing Hong Kong would have wanted at this stage. Half of their side is back in the pavilion with SImandeep Singh dismissing on 3. Nizakat Khan has started to play his shots which will prove to be a positive for Hong Kong.

  • 2:24 PM IST

    Nepal have pulled things well. The last 5 overs have gone for 9 runs including a wicket. Lamicchane has been impressive as ever with his spell of 4 overs giving 6 runs and taking 2 wickets. Nizakat Khan still there in the middle producing boundaries once in a while. Hong Kong 66/4 after 18.3.

  • 2:10 PM IST

    IT indeed has opened the floodgates as one more Hong Kong wicket falls and it is Lamichhane again. Nepal know the value of this game and are giving their all. Lamichhane dismisses Shahid Hasif for 1. Hong Kong 58/3 after 14.4 overs.

  • 2:05 PM IST

    OUT! Has the wicket of Hayat opened the floodgates ? Lamichhane strikes and strikes big getting the big wicket of Anshuman Rath. Hong Kong 58 for 3 after 14 overs.

  • 1:55 PM IST

    OUT! Hayat is dismissed by Kami for 20. Nepal are making sure they take wickets at regular intervals. With the wicket the star batsman for Hong Kong in the match against Afghanistan, Anshuman Rath has stepped in.

  • 1:50 PM IST

    Babar Hayat seems in fine touch. He has 14 runs off boundaries in his 16 runs. The score now 49/1 after 11 overs. Sandeep Lamicchane has been brought into the attack from Nepal.

  • 1:33 PM IST

    OUT! The first wicket has fallen for Hong Kong and it’s Basant Regmi who has striked. The focus overall has been on Paras Khadka scoring runs but Regmi on the other hand is providing the first break trough for Nepal almost all the time.

  • 1:09 PM IST

    Sompal Kami and Karan KC to start the bowling for Nepal. For Whereas, Nizakat Khan and Christopher Carter to open for Hong Kong. The first two overs have gone for 4 runs with second over a maiden from Karan.

  • 12:41 PM IST

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  • 12:41 PM IST

    Toss Update: Hong Kong to bat vs Nepal

Nepal need to win by huge margin to topple Afghanistan in the points table as well in Super Six © Getty Images
Nepal need to win by huge margin to topple Afghanistan in the points table as well in Super Six © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018. Match 19 of the tournament will see Nepal take on Hong Kong. Hong Kong are currently eyeing a place in the Super Sixes. Their defeat against Zimbabwe on Saturday has left Group B wide open. If Hong Kong win against Nepal, they will leapfrog past Afghanistan to seal a spot in the Super Sixes. Nepal, on the other hand, need to win by a huge margin in order to go past Afghanistan to third spot and keep their hopes alive for the Super Six.  Hong Kong have had a topsy-turvy campaign in the tournament so far. They secured a victory against Afghanistan but faced consecutive defeats against Scotland and Zimbabwe. If Hong Kong are to qualify for their first ever World Cup they will need to find greater consistency, particularly in the batting department. Nepal qualified for the Qualifiers in dramatic fashion at the ICC World Cricket League Division Two and will be hoping to rekindle those memories as they search for a first win in the tournament. Nepal has so far faced crushing defeats against Zimbabwe, Scotland and Afghanistan. Paras Khadka has been the only talking point of Nepal’s batting throughout the tournament. Sandeep Lamichhane has shown glimpses of his potential, picking up four wickets. Nepal will need to pull off the all-round team performance they have so far been lacking if they are to overcome Hong Kong. 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 Hong Kong: Babar Hayat (c), Scott McKechnie (wk), Ahsan Abbasi, Nadeem Ahmed, Tanveer Ahmed, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Barkat, Chris Carter, Aizaz Khan, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Nizakat Khan, Anshuman Rath, Simandeep Singh, Shahid Wasif