Nepal on Wednesday made history when they qualified for their maiden major ICC event by progressing to next year’s World Twenty20 Championships after their five-wicket victory over Hong Kong in the qualifiers in Abu Dhabi.

Chasing 144 runs for victory, Nepal survived a last-over scare to score the required 13 runs, with 10 runs coming from the first two deliveries and a last-ball misfield producing the winning runs at the Zayed Cricket Stadium.

Also joining Nepal in the event proper was the United Arab Emirates, which successfully defended a modest score of 118 runs to upset the Netherlands by 10 runs.

The results from Wednesday’s matches mean four sides have now sealed their places in the World Twenty20 after Afghanistan and Ireland booked their seats on Monday.

In the other matches of the day, Papua New Guinea beat Namibia by 25 runs and Scotland defeated Italy by seven wickets.

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