Kathmandu, 3 November
Nepal has qualified for the Twenty20 World Cup for the first time in a decade after defeating the UAE by 8 wickets in the semifinals of the Asia region qualifying tournament.
Nepal chased down the target of 135 runs in just 17 overs, with Asif making an unbeaten 63. Asif completed his fourth fifty in 39 balls, hitting 6 fours and 2 sixes in his knock. Captain Rohit Paudel also scored an unbeaten 35 runs off 21 balls, hitting 3 fours and 1 six.
Earlier, the UAE had posted a total of 134-9 after electing to bat first. Vritya Anand, who played despite an injury, was the top scorer for the UAE with 64 runs. He hit 8 fours and 2 sixes in his 51-ball knock. Mohammad Wasim scored 26 runs, while Alisan Sarafu and Asif Khan scored 16 runs each.
Kushal Malla was the pick of the Nepali bowlers, taking 3 wickets for just 11 runs in 3 overs. Sandeep Lamichhane took 2 wickets for 14 runs in 4 overs, while Sompal Kami took 1 wicket for 15 runs in 3 overs.
Nepal's qualification for the Twenty20 World Cup is a historic achievement for the country. The team had previously played in the World Cup only once, in 2014 in Bangladesh.
Nepal will now compete in the Twenty20 World Cup, which will be held in the United States and West Indies next year. The team will be looking to make a strong impact in the tournament and build on its recent success.