Nepal defeated Colts Cricket Club by four wickets in a practice match that coach Pubudu Dassanayake believed his team faced one of the best pace attacks.
With a requirement of meeting the skills to go in line with the pace and bouncy conditions of New Zealand in World Qualifiers, Nepal met a strong side containing bowlers hitting the deck hard at 135km/h after bundling out the side for 228 in 49.3 overs.
Dassanayake said Nepal’s chase was right according to the plan. “I wanted our top five batsmen to play until the first 35 overs and they did,” said Dassanayake after Nepal reached 232-6 with 18 balls to spare.
Opener Subash Khakurel and Anil Mandal dealt with the target sensibly up front and though the latter could only manage 13, the coach was happy with how they posed at the centre.
“We were tasted with pace and swing and the top order handled things with confidence,” Dassanayake told cricketingnepal.com.
Subash gave the early momentum to Nepal making 56 runs and a run out of skipper Paras Khadka for 12, he anchored the ship with Gyanendra Malla. Gyanendra made 58 from 92 balls.
After both batsmen’s departed along with Sharad Vesawkar (17), Pradeep Airee took the beyond the total making 27 from 19 balls.Binod Bhandari chipped in 21.
Earlier, skipper Paras Khadka and Avinash Karn tightened the screws picking up three wickets each.Paras returned with 3-38 from 9.3 overs and Avinash took 3-45 from nine overs. Basanta Regmi and Sagar Pun also took two wickets each.
Openers Shehan Fernando made 51 runs for Colts. Nepal will now play against Moors Cricket Club on Friday in their second off the four practice matches scheduled in their Sri Lanka tour.
The Nepali camp is expecting even tougher test in Sri Lanka before the head to New Zealand directly from there.
BRIEF SCORES COLTS :- 228/10(49.3) Shehand Fernando: 51 (69), Muthu Pushpakumara: 37 (46), Aruna Dharmasena: 34* (33), Nepal’s bowling: Avinash Karn: 9-1-45-3, Paras Khadka: 9.3-1-38-3 NEPAL:- 232/6(47.0) Subash Khakure: 56(76), Gyanendra Malla: 58 (92), Pradeep Airee: 27 (19)