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Nepal eye salvaging pride

With World Cup and ODI status already gone, Nepal are taking on Canada in their fourth and final Group ‘A’ match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Tuesday.

 

After three back-to-back humiliating loss inflicted by UAE, Scotland and Hong Kong that knocked them out of the Qualifiers from the first round, Nepal would like to salvage some pride by defeating Canada.

 

Nepal have never met Canada in the limited-over cricket and in the only 20-over game between the two sides Nepal were an 18-run loser in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers group stage.

 

Coach Pubudu Dassanayake was confident of at least achieving ODI status from the current tournament, but with both life time opportunities out of hand, he would like his team to save some blushes.

 

“Next target in this tournament is to stay at least seventh,” Dassanayake told cricketingnepal.com from New Zealand.

 

Dassanayake had already hinted his side would be of full strength against Canada clash meaning the return of regular opener Subash Khakurel could be expected.

 

Subash, who was admitted for five-days in hospital, and missed all first three crucial matches despite recovering from the fever due to weakness.

 

He had also complained of weakness during a training session on the eve of the match against Hong Kong after batting at the nets for just two overs.

 

Skipper Paras Khadka will also be expected to play in the match after making appearance against Hong Kong on Sunday. Paras batted for 114 minutes and faced 75 balls in his an innings that test his trouble back.

 

Paras is yet to recover from his backstrain and he might not bowl for yet another time in the tournament. Paras played in the match against UAE but didn’t show-up against Scotland, while he didn’t bowl against Hong Kong as well.

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