With regular opener Subash Khakurel back in the side recovering from fever and skipper Paras Khadka on the mend, Nepal will give their all while taking against Scotland in their second match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers at the Queenstown Events Centre in New Zealand on Thursday.
As both teams have lost their opening encounter, the match is going to be very important for both sides in their bid to make it to the Super Six and ultimately fancy a spot in the 2015 World Cup.
While the Scots were a shocking 17-run losers to Hong Kong, Nepal’s concern goes even deeper after receiving a 102-run humbling from the UAE. Nepal’s hope will now depend much on how their openers do and the seam bowlers fare against Scotland.
In their only appearance against Scotland, Nepal were the losers by eight wickets in November’s ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers and the Scots will also head into the match boasting two World Cup finals appearance.
Scotland played the 50-over World Cups of 1999 (in England) and 2007 (in Scotland).
Nepal meanwhile, are aspiring to realise their 17-year old dream of playing in the World Cup after the country began their international journey with the 1996 ACC Trophy. Once a formidable team in the U-19s, the best Nepal can take into the match against Scotland is the
Confidence gained through their World Twenty20 Qualification. Defeating Scotland is not going to be an easy job for Nepal as they are going to face a team which has been consistently playing longer version of games since the last eight years. They have been a Division-I team since 2007 and enjoy every format of cricket, the ICC has given in their programme.
Scotland was left stunned by their stunning defeat to Hong Kong and they would like to get back to winning ways scalping Nepal. Their squad has been bolstered by the return of middle order mainstay Peter Mommsen who slammed a solid century against Hong Kong despite ending up in a losing side.
Coach Pubudu Dassanayake doesn’t have much of the worries from his middle order and hope his opening pair will soon get into the groove beginning with Subash Khakurel and Anil Mandal.