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Bangladesh will be under pressure: Dassanayake

Nepal will not be under any pressure when they meet hosts Bangladesh at the ICC World Twenty20 as their first Test playing opponent in front of a sold out Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Tuesday.


The biggest match in Nepal’s 18-year cricketing history will be played completely against their favour. The sizeable supporters that turned up for the match against Hong Kong will be outnumbered by the local fans lighting the stadium and ground conditions also out of their control.


Nepal coach Pubudu Dassanayake, however, said the pressure will be back on Bangladesh more than his side. “Our plan is to battle with the ball and not names. Even though its their home grounds, pressure will be on them to perform better,” Dassanayake told on the eve of the match. 


“We just want to be free and play our own game. Our intention is to show the world how good we are irrespective of the end result,” Dassanayake said adding the real challenge for his team is to put runs on the board. 


“We have plans for every player from the opponent team. The wickets here are helping the bowlers but we have to make sure that we put runs on the board. Our openers had set the tone in the match against Hong Kong by putting some 40 odd runs for the first wicket. We need that start so that it will help Paras (Khadka) and Gyanu (Gyanendra Malla) will have time to settle down.”


Nepal got off to a decent start against Hong Kong when openers Sagar Pun and Subash Khakurel added 36 runs for the first wicket. With the fall of both openers, Gyanendra and Paras then shared an 80-run stand that took Nepal to a modest total of 149-8. Nepal went on to win the match by 80 runs.

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