KATHMANDU: Nepal on Saturday won the ICC World Cricket League Championship match against Namibia by five wickets with 17 balls remaining.

Namibia had posted a 196-run target to Nepal, which Nepal achieved in 47.1 overs losing five wickets.

An impressive partnership between Sharad Vesawkar and Binod Bhandari had yielded the much-needed victory for Nepal.

Vesawkar had scored 50 runs not out. He was the highest scorer for Nepal.

Likewise, Bhandari made 40 runs. Skipper Paras Khadka and opener Gyanendra Malla contributed 21 runs each.

Earlier, Namibia had won the toss and elected to bat first during the match held at the Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground in Kirtipur of Kathmandu.

With the win today, Nepal earned two points in the scoreboard. Nepal had already played four matches in the Championship, without earning any point.

Nepal and Namibia will play the next match on Monday at the same venue.

ICC World Cricket League Championship match between Nepali Cricket team and Namibia at Tribhuvan University ground, Kirtipur, on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry/THT
ICC World Cricket League Championship match between Nepali Cricket team and Namibia at Tribhuvan University ground, Kirtipur, on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Photo: Udipt Singh Chhetry/THT

After the win, Nepal were elevated to the sixth position while Namibia were placed at the seventh. Both teams, however, have equal points.

The United Arab Emirates, which also have the equal points, are at the bottom on the basis of run rate.

Earlier, Nepal were at the bottom of the eight-team standings in the WCLC. Namibia were at the sixth position on the basis of run rate.

TeamsPWLTieN/RPoints 
Netherlands6400210
Hong Kong641019
Scotland621037
Kenya431006
PNG422004
Nepal514002
Namibia514002
UAE615002

Nepal need to win the Monday match also to qualify for the World Cup Qualifiers.The top four teams would secure their berth in the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Bangladesh.

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