Nepal will seek to play good cricket when they take on Papua New Guinea (PNG) in a must win match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers today.
The match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium will be important for Nepal to remain in hunt for a place in the top spot of Group ‘B’. Nepal lost to Scotland in their third match on Monday and a victory against PNG will take them at the top of the table.
Nepal are currently second in the table behind PNG who sit at the top on net run rate. PNG and Nepal have lost one games each.
While Nepal registered victories against Denmark and Kenya, PNG will be a hard nut to crack following their stunning wins over Kenya and the Netherlands.
Nepal need to get rid of PNG top order as soon as possible after watching them amass huge scores in the matches against Kenya (177), the Dutch (193).
Even when they lost against Afghanistan, they had managed 167 runs. Nepal did hammer Denmark by five wickets and proved they no longer have batting frailties chasing a huge total against Kenya but still the eight-wicket loss to the Scots after making 137-7 on Monday will be a doubt once again.
Coach Pubudu Dassanayake said his side needs to play good cricket. “We have to play good game of cricket like we have been doing for the last one and half year. We just need to continue our form, need to learn some mistakes from the loss (against Scotland),” Dassanayake told cricketingnepal.com in Dubai.
The coach added his side is under no pressure after the loss against Scotland halted their unbeaten run.
“Though we now need to win every match, we don’t have to take any extra pressure against PNG. We have already played against them and beaten them as well. So we just need to play our natural game,” added the coach.
Skipper Paras Khadka said every match will get more importance now. We will play to win the match against PNG.
“Now every match will be important for us but this does not mean that we will be in pressure,” said Paras.
“Every team in our group is good, so we need to play our best cricket. We need to give 100 per cent,” added the skipper.