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Nepal create history after being awarded ODI status for first time

Dipendra Singh Airee was the hero for Nepal against PNG
Dipendra Singh Airee was the hero for Nepal against PNG

Nepal 115-4 (Airee 50no) beat
Papua New Guinea 114 (Airee 4-14) by six wickets
22nd game, Play-off, ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Harare

Dipendra Singh Airee picked four wickets and also scored an unbeaten half-century as Nepal went on to claim the ODI status following a six-wicket win over Papua New Guinea in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers encounter in Harare.

Having missed the opportunity for Super Sixes, Nepal still had everything to play for with the ODI status on the line and their job was made easy by Hong Kong, who went on to defeat Netherlands earlier.

Nepal won the toss and opted to bowl first. Tony Ura (11) and Assad Vala (10) were snared by Nepal's new ball bowers KC Karan (1-24) and Sompal Kami (1-18) respectively.

Sandeep Lamichhane (4-29) dented PNG's hopes as he removed Chad Soper (10), Sese Bau (11), Mahuru Dai (5) and Kiplin Doriga (10) in quick succession while Airee (4-14) ensured there was no escape for PNG as he claimed the final four wickets to wrap them up for 114 in the 28th over.

Nepal got off to a shaky start in the chase with Gyanendra Malla (1) and Anil Sah (9) dismissed inside the first three overs but Airee (50 not out) played a terrific knock that had three sixes in it and with support from Paras Khadka (20) and Aarif Sheikh (26) at either end, he saw them through the chase in 23 overs.

Without a doubt, Airee was also awarded the player of the match award.

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