The reduction in the number of teams at the cricket World Cup from 14 to 10 has made the qualification for the tournament a whole lot more competitive.
For Ashfaq, it was his maiden List A ton, following in the footsteps of Rameez Shahzad who achieved the same feat last month against Scotland, as UAE continue to lessen their dependency on Shaiman Anwar for match-winning totals.
Expressing satisfaction over Nepal's first-ever entry to World Cup cricket, Khadka said, "The fans back home are one of our biggest inspirations and we always thank them". Khadka kept waging a lone battle in which he hit eight sixes but his unbeaten century couldn't prevent a narrow seven-run loss.
UAE's Rohan Mustafa: "We have fought back after losing to Nepal, and worked really hard so I feel we deserve to be going to Zimbabwe". They now play each other in the final of the tournament. Kenya, who batted first, got off to a fine start with opener Dhiren Gondaria smashing a 49-ball 68. Skipper Shem Ngoche and Nehemiah Odhiambo then combined in a 91-run stand for the eighth wicket to rescue Kenya from blushes and post 253 on the board.More news: Petition calling for Snapchat to rollback redesign hits 1M signatories; company declines
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The Cardiac Kids from Nepal almost claimed a fourth final-over win, driven by captain Paras Khadka's second List A ton, but Ashfaq Ahmed's first-innings 114 proved decisive as UAE held on for a seven-run win to claim the WCL Division Two title at the Wanderers Sports Club.
Sent in to bat, UAE scored 247 for six wickets off their 50 overs, while Namibia fell short by 19 runs, reaching 228 all out with two balls to spare.
Namibia's chase was marred by regular wickets before Louis van der Westhuizen and Gerhard Erasmus got together to arrest the slide a bit.
For the UAE, Rohan Mustafa (3-31) played a key role with his off-breaks and the last Namibian wicket in the 50th over by Rohan helped UAE keep a healthier net run rate to nose ahead of Canada after three teams finished with six points. Nepal won the game emphatically, chasing 194 runs and won the game by 1 wicket with 0 balls remaining.