Coach Pubudu Dassanayake and skipper Paras Khadka were eyeing a comeback after Nepal’s opening loss in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers against UAE on Monday.
Nepal, chasing a spot in the 2015 Cricket World Cup at the best on a tournament which also offers four-year one-day status, were hit hard when the team was crushed by 102 runs at the Rangiora Oval in New Zealand. UAE hit Nepal for 297-8 riding on a century from Shaiman Anwar before bundling them out for just 195 runs in 48.1 overs.
“We will bounce back because this is the most important tournament for us. Our batting was not upto the mark and need to improve. Guys are upbeat and we will try our best in the next three matches to make it happen,” said skipper Paras Khadka.
Coach Pubudu Dassanayake said Paras was half-fit for the match adding: “Some fielding lapses also cost us the match. Even the bowling length was not good at this wicket from our seamers. It was a bad day at the office but we will come back strong.”
Nepal are playing their second group ‘A’ match against Scotland on Thursday where a victory can get their World Cup ambitions back on track. Scotland on Sunday were stunned Hong Kong and with Division-I team Canada, the Qualifiers is no more going to be an easy for Nepal.