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Nepal celebrates cricket victory and National Day at Amerat stadium


For Nepali community it was a National Day sweet as the National Cricket Team of Nepal secured a seven-wicket victory over Oman to grab their first ever One-Day International (ODI) in their ICC World Cup League 2 match at the Amerat cricket ground on Sunday.

It was the first ODI victory of Nepal over Oman in their four encounters at the host’s soil. In their first match of the Series on September 14, Nepal had gone down to the hosts by five wickets. Earlier, in February, 2020, Oman had defeated Nepal by six wickets and eight wickets respectively in their first two matches of the League in Nepal.

The National Day and Constitution Day of Nepal falls on September 19 and the Nepal Embassy Muscat organises various programmes to mark the day. The Embassy organised a three-day programme to commemorate the day.

On the evening of first day, September 18, the Embassy lighted the candles at the premises of the chancery in presence of few community people. Ambassador Dr Sarmila Parajuli Dhakal lit the first candle to inaugurate the three-day event.

On the Second Day, the Embassy celebrated the National Day with the National Cricket Team of Nepal. A celebratory cake was cut Dr Sarmila and Gyanendra Mall, the Captain of National Cricket in the presence Pankaj Khimji, Chaiman of the Oman Cricket, and other high-ranking officials to mark the National Day at Al Amerat Cricket ground.

In the League 2 standings, Oman with 20 points from 13 matches, is leading the standings Nepal climbed two steps up to fourth position with eight points from as many matches. Nepal won and lost one match each both against USA and Oman in the Tri-Series.

The United Arab Emirates, Scotland, Namibia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) are the other members of the League 2. By February 2023, each team will play 36 ODIs in total. Only those teams that finish top three will secure berths at the World Cup Qualifiers while the bottom four will compete in the World Cup Qualifiers playoff set to take place in Zimbabwe in June and July 2023.

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