Nepal are taking on the Netherlands in their seventh place playoff semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in Mount Maunganui in Auckland on Sunday.
The match will give Nepal an opportunity to restore some pride after they were severely crushed in the group stages where they finished at the bottom losing all their four matches. Netherlands were unlucky not to find a place in the Super Six stages and would look to finish their campaign as much higher ranked as possible.
Netherlands were pipped by net run rate in Group ‘B’ where shock defeats to Namibia and Kenya proved them costly. They had defeated Group ‘B’ table toppers Papua New Guinea and Uganda but missed out on crucial ties.
Nepal had a huge contrast losing first three of their four matches with huge margin before they were edged by Canda in the final league game. The biggest wound Nepal will carry going into the match by missing out on a chance to ignite World Cup and ODI status chances.
To heal the wound caused by their disastrous outing, a victory agianst a tough Dutch side could at least appease the fans back home. But against a team that has played both 50-over and Twenty20 World Cups, a struggling Nepali team is sure to go through a lot of tests.