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  • 8:34 PM IST

    It’s all over for Nepal. Zimbabwe have won the match by 116 runs.

  • 8:18 PM IST

    OUT! Vitori deserved a wicket. He had bowled well with an economy of 5. It is only a matter of balls for Zimbabwe here.

  • 7:51 PM IST

    How well has Raza played today. First 123 runs with the bat and then 3 wickets with the ball which included the main wicket of Paras Khadka who was looking good.

  • 7:25 PM IST

    50 for Vesawkar. Nepal needed this very early in the innings.

  • 7:19 PM IST

    The target is now next to impossible for Nepal. Still 4 down, the Zimbabwe bowlers are doing a good job of restricting Nepal. With 214 runs needed in 16 overs Zimbabwe are almost through.

  • 7:08 PM IST

    Vesawkar is looking good, but it is too late maybe? The required run rate has climbed above 12. Nepal need atleast 2 boundaries in an over to stay alive in the game or else it is slow death for them.

  • 6:48 PM IST

    OUT! Malla’s long stay at the crease has been put to an end by Cremer. He is dismissed for 32. Nepal now need 270 to win with 25 overs remaining and required run rate nearing 11.

  • 6:37 PM IST

    OUT! Raza is doing it with the ball now by dismissing Airee for 23. Nepal now 3 down. Vesawkar in the middle now, can he change things for Nepal?

  • 6:34 PM IST

    The run rate almost touching 10 now. Saving wickets won’t help Nepal, it’s a do or die situation for them. They still need 283 in 29 overs.

  • 6:25 PM IST

    Airee has scored the same amount of runs as Malla but in 15 balls. The required run rate now 9.25.

  • 6:19 PM IST

    Malla needs to improve his run rate. He has played 35 balls scoring only 15 runs chasing 381. The run rate has already touched 9.

  • 6:08 PM IST

    I might have jinxed it for him as Sikandar Raza bowls him out on 40.

  • 6:07 PM IST

    The 50 run partnership comes up. Paras Khadka is looking in good touch as he scored 16 off the 11th over. Can he take Nepal home and register an epic win here?

  • 5:56 PM IST

    Chatara is bowling well here. He has bowled 5 overs off which 2 were maiden conceded only 13 runs and took the wicket of Nath.

  • 5:45 PM IST

    Paras Khadka is out in the middle now and looking good with 3 boundaries. He needs to stay there till the end to win it for his team.

  • 5:34 PM IST

    Zimbabwe strike early. Chatara bowls out Nath on 2.

  • 5:21 PM IST

    A steady start for Nepal. They have a huge target to chase. Nath and Malla in the middle. Vitori and Chatara to start it for Zimbabwe.

  • 4:39 PM IST

    So Nepal have a humongous target of 381 to win. Nepal will have to go all and might take some risk as well. Taylor and Raza just changed the course of the game.

  • 4:35 PM IST

    And he misses it.

  • 4:35 PM IST

    And what is happening here. Sompal Kami is on a hat-trick. Taylor gone for 100 as well

  • 4:34 PM IST

    And Sompal Kami gets the big wicket a tad bit later. The damage is already done. Raza goes for 123. He was playing at strike rate of 189. A very quickfire knock from Raza. Zimbabwe are placed on top at the moment.

  • 4:28 PM IST

  • 4:27 PM IST

    And looks like Raza wins the race for first century. That was super quick for Raza. Some boundaries and he lands on 99. Taylor takes a single and allows Raza to get his chance to the century. Now Taylor gets to his century off 90 balls. What a performance this from Zimbabwe!

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  • 4:14 PM IST

    Suddenly it is raining sixes in Bulawayo. Raza is smashing some one after the other. Looks like there is a race on who will get to their century first. Zimbabwe comfortably placed at 318/4 after 45 overs. 5 overs to go…

  • 4:12 PM IST

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  • 3:55 PM IST

    Raza has brought up his fifty as well. Zimbabwe looking in good touch at 283/4 after 41 overs

Zimbabwe would have to be wary of Paras Khadka, Sandeep Lamichhane and likes © Getty Images
Zimbabwe would have to be wary of Paras Khadka, Sandeep Lamichhane and likes © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018. Nepal will be playing their opening tie against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. Nepal have been the new Afghanistan in the recent times with good performance. Their heart-stopping matches in ICC World Cricket Division Two, has increased the aura around them. With their regulars Paras Khadka, Sandeep Lamichhane, Karan KC and Basant Regmi producing match-winning performance, Nepal have set new standards. 

Zimbabwe, on the other hand, had a decent start to the Qualifiers. One of their warm-up game was washed out while the other they won by 5 wickets. They also lost the ODI series against Afghanistan by 1-4. Of the batsmen, Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza and Craig Ervine got runs, while Tendai Chatara, the right-arm pacer, and Graeme Cremer, the captain and leg-spinner, were among the wickets.

Both the teams would hope to begin with a win in a bid to claim their spot in the ICC World Cup 2019.


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

Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (c), Solomon Mire, Cephas Zhuwao, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor (wk), Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor, Tendai Chatara, Tendai Chisoro, Kyle Jarvis, Sean Williams, Blessing Muzarabani, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller