Nepal would like every individual get into a perfect shape when they take on the Netherlands in their fifth match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium today.
While the match will give Nepal an opportunity to go into the top of Group ‘B’, it will also help for their cause in securing a World Twenty20 berth without much fuss — albeit they win.
Nepal had met the Dutch during the 2012 World Twenty20 Qualifiers losing to them by six wickets in the group stages after being restricted to 85-7 in 20 overs.
But Nepal has become a team that has successfully chased 183 runs against Kenay in this Qualifiers and the scenario will be expected to change then what it was two years ago.
With the momentum in Group ‘B’ swining from one to another team, nothing can be predicted until the game gives the result.
Nepal have lost against Scoland in the Qualifiers and defeated PNG — a team that crushed the Netherlands in its second match — by seven wickets on Tuesday.
Netherlands meanwhile, began the tournament with a seven-wicket humbling of heavyweights Afghanistan and are currently leading the group on net run rate after being tied with Nepal on six points.
A victory for any team would mean establishment of a two-point cushion with just two games remaining. After the victory against PNG, coach Pubudu Dassanayake knows the capability of his team and now what it needs.
“We just want to go and play some positive game and with the match against them (the Netherlands),” Dassanayake told cricketingnepal.com in Sharjah.
“Every single match is important for us. We want to play the game that we have been,” said the coach.
After watching Binod Bhandari blast 53 off 21 against PNG, his form would also be important for Nepal apart from a positive start opener Subash Khakurel has been consistently providing Nepal.
The Dutch have been in perfect shape throughout this tournament with their bowlers and batsmen delivering at their will. Nepal’s target would be to defy then in every other department.