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Nepal meet new fav foes Uganda

Nepal being their first phase of hurdle towards higher level of cricket with the match against Uganda in the ICC World Cricket League Division-III in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.

 

Uganda have become a new favourite foes for Nepal as the match is going to be their fourth meeting over the last one year. In their three previous meetings, Nepal have won twice and lost once.

 

Nepal began their international duel against Uganda with a six-wicket loss in the ICC World Cricket League Division-III in Bermuda in May, 2013. But they soon avenged the loss in style defeating them by six wickets in the final of the same tournament.

 

The Division-III final outcome guided both teams in January’s ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers where they finished at the bottom. After missing out on the 2015 World Cup spot and ODI status, Nepal had to content with a ninth-place finish following a crushing 160-run victory against Uganda.

 

Nepal have headed into Malaysia following a nine-day warm-up tour of Sri Lanka where they played three practice matches winning one, losing the other and the next being washed out due to rain.

 

Coach Pubudu Dassanayake said his team is raring to go for the Uganda clash. “We have a great preparation in Sri Lanka and all of our boys are in a good shape. The top order is in a good touch and so is the middle order. We are able to put enough runs on the board,” Dassanayake told cricketingnepal.com.

 

Although Subash Khakurel made just 11 runs in three matches in Sri Lanka, the team think tank will be less concerned as he has always been delivering in every other tournament that Nepal have played. With Naresh Budhayer hitting a timely fifty in third warm-up game in Sri Lanka, Dassanayake will go with his new opening pair.

 

Nepal will once again count on Gyanendra Malla who has been in a sublime form following his whirlwind performance in the practice games. Gyanendra had slammed an explosive century against Ragama Cricket Club following a half century against Colts Cricket Club.

 

Nepal’s major concern will be the Malaysian weather which has seen rain for the last few evenings. Som Pal Kami will once again lead the pace bowling attack and possibly share the new ball with Paras Khadka or Amrit Bhattarai. The inclusion of young rising sensation Aarif Sheikh, unpredictable all rounder Mehboob Alam and along with left arm seamer Amrit will remain on suspense until the match begins.

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