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Nepal and UAE reach World T20

Nepal and the United Arab Emirates have qualified for the World Twenty20 for the first time.

Nepal secured a thrilling last-ball victory over Hong Kong to book their place at next year's tournament in Bangladesh before the UAE upset the Netherlands to do likewise, both games being played in Abu Dhabi.

Needing 13 from the final over of their quarter-final qualifier, Sharad Vesawkar was the Nepal hero, smashing the first ball for a straight six, before hitting the winning runs to chase down 144 with five wickets in hand.

The Netherlands, among the favourites to qualify, could not overhaul the UAE’s 117 for eight, falling 10 runs short of that score.

With two places still available, the Netherlands and Hong Kong can still reach the World T20. Tomorrow the former face Scotland and the latter play Papua New Guinea for the right to progress.

Afghanistan and Ireland have already booked their spots at the World T20 and will now meet Nepal and the UAE respectively in the semi-finals.

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