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Dassanayake backs his batsmen

National cricket team coach Pubudu Dassanayake backed his other batsmen after Paras Khadka became the lone fighter in Nepal’s five-wicket victory over the United Arab Emirates in their first warm-up match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers.


Paras smashed a glittering 85 not out off just 62 balls as Nepal overhauled a 139-run target set by the UAE at the ICC Global Cricket Academy 2 in Dubai today.


While Gyanendra Malla (25) gave a good support to his skipper in a crucial 67-run stand that eventually won the match for Nepal, openers Subash Khakurel (14) and Pradeep Airee (duck), Binod Bhandari (six) and Sharad Vesawkar (four) departed early.


Delighted by the end-result, Dassanayake, however, was not much bothered about performance from other batsmen. “In Twenty20 games, everyone cannot score.


When one is in form, duty of others is to support him,” Dassanayake told


“Gyanendra built a good platform for us with Paras. Then Binod and Sharad’s job was to go after the bowling so that Paras can hold until the end. So everything worked very well for us,” said Dassanayake.


Dassanayake was excited with the victory against UAE. “It is really great win the first game. This will build lots of confidence within the group. I am happy about overall performance,” said the coach.


Since the match against USA on Tuesday is also a warm-up fixture, Dassanayake said the combinations are going to be the same and maximum number of players will be utilised.

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