Nepal's Twenty20 World Cup hopes ended prematurely after Singapore defeatNepal needed victory to earn a berth for the Global Qualifiers. The hosts instead earned a ticket to the United Arab Emirates tournament .
Nepal's hopes of playing for next year's Twenty20 World Cup came to an agonising end after suffering a 82-run defeat against hosts Singapore on Sunday.
In a must-win match at the Indian Association Ground in Singapore, the hosts compiled a mammoth 191 before restricting Nepal to 109 in just 15 overs in the last match of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers match.
Bowling first, Nepal started well with Karan KC taking the first wicket in the second over. However, the 89-run partnership by Rohan Rangarajan (49) and Tim David (77) and another 67-run stand between David and Manpreet Singh (42) soon swayed the match towards Singapore way. Singapore's total was chiefly built around the contribution by these three batsmen. Often-reliable spinning pair of Basanta Regmi and Sandeep Lamichhane was brutally hammered in all directions as they conceded a combined of 88 runs from their seven overs. Avinash Bohora took four wickets but also gave 35 runs from his four overs. Karan KC took two wickets before Singapore finished with a massive 192 runs on board losing their six wickets.
Chasing 192 runs for victory, Nepal lost skipper Paras Khadka cheaply on 12 in the fourth over. Gyanendra Malla (39) and Sharad Bheswakar (7) soon fell leaving the chase in disarray. Dipendra Singh Airee's attempt to steer the chase on track lost momentum as wickets continued to tumble at the other end and required run rate kept climbing. Nepal was bowled out for a mere 109 in the 15th over.
The result meant the hosts Singapore qualified for the Global Qualifiers which slated for October-November in the United Arab Emirates. Singapore finished on seven points while Nepal earned just four points and fell to third behind Qatar on weaker net run-rate despite tying on four points.
Singapore joined Scotland, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Oman, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Namibia and Jersey in the Global Qualifiers. Two teams from Americas after the August 18-25 tournament will complete the Global Qualifiers lineup. The top six teams from the Global Qualifiers will join Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the first group stage of the 2020 Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.