After defeating Kenya with a historic chase, skipper Paras Khadka said the win was a proof that Nepal have left their batting frailties behind them.
Nepal created history on Saturday at the ICC Academy Oval 2 in Duabi when they chased down Kenya’s 182-9 making 186-4 for a six wicket victory with two balls to spare. The chase surpassed their previous best against Bahrain when Nepal had replied with 159-3 after the former had made 157-8 during the 2009 ACC Twenty20 Cup in Dubai.
“Everyone has been criticising about our batting. And after completing a big chase today (on Saturday), we have proved that we have improved far above in our batting,” said Paras adding the match against Kenya was a good game of cricket.
Nepal needed half centuries from opener Subash Khakurel and Paras apart from a six-ball blitz from Sharad Vesawkar that helped Nepal create history. Subash and Paras both made 54 runs each, while in the last over when Nepal needed 17 runs to win, Sharad smasedh three sixes of Ragheb Aga to ignite wild celebration in the Nepali camp.
Sharad said: “We had confidence of winning the match and we did it. We now need to make sure that we continue this winning momentum.” Coach Pubudu Dassanayake was really a happy man.
“It was a good win for us. Though we fumbled a bit at the start of our chase, Gyanu (Gyanendra Malla who made 32 off 22) and Subash played well. In the middle it was a captain’s knock from Paras and there could not be any better finish than Sharad’s,” said Dassayanake.
Nepal are taking on Scotland in their third match on Monday.