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Nepal and Oman have been awarded places in the Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

Nepal and Oman have been awarded places in the Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

Oman and Nepal booked their tickets for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 following their wins over Bahrain and UAE respectively in the Asia Qualifier Final 2023.

Oman, Nepal, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates were the four teams that advanced to the Asia Qualifier Final 2023 semi-finals. Oman and Nepal were victorious and will now compete in the T20 World Cup next year.

For the first time, the T20 World Cup will feature 20 teams divided into four groups of five.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super Eight stage, where the remaining teams will be divided into two groups of four. The top two from each group will advance to the semi-finals.

Oman vs. Bahrain in the first semi-final

Oman will compete in the T20 World Cup for the third time after defeating Bahrain by a ten-wicket margin.

Bahrain won the coin toss and chose to bat first. They got off to a good start but fell apart after that, with the incisive UAE bowling leaving them at 77/8 in the 16th over. Ahmed Bin Nisar’s (26*) late flourish got them to 106/9 in 20 overs.

Aqib Ilyas had a career-high 4/10 in four overs, while Shakeel Ahmed finished with 2/24.

Openers Kashyap Prajapati (57 off 44 balls) and Pratik Athavale (50 off 42 balls) completed the chase by the 15th over. Prajapati had six fours and two sixes, while Athavale also had six fours.

Aqib Ilyas was named Player of the Match for his outstanding bowling performance.

Nepal vs. UAE in the second semi-final

The tournament hosts played in front of a packed Mulpani Cricket Ground. Nepal defeated the United Arab Emirates by eight wickets to secure a place in next year’s T20 World Cup. This will be their second time competing in the global event.

The UAE won the toss and chose to bat first. Despite a valiant half-century from Vriitya Aravind (64), the Emiratis were bowled out for 134/9 by some disciplined Nepal bowling. Captain Muhammad Waseem contributed the most, with 26 (16).

Kushal Malla’s left-arm spin took three wickets, followed by Sandeep Lamichhane’s two. Sompal Kami and Rohit Paudel each had one wicket.

Nepal responded by losing two wickets, but a steady, unbeaten 68-run stand between Aasif Sheikh (64 from 51) and Rohit Paudel (34 from 20) sealed the win. UAE’s wickets included Basil Hameed and Nilansh Keswani.

Aasif was named Player of the Match for his unbeaten knock of seven fours and a six.

The winning teams will now compete in a grand final on Sunday, November 5 at the TU Cricket Ground in Kirtipur.

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