After bouncing back with a historic victory against the Netherlands, Nepal are taking Canada in their third match of the ICC World Cricket League Division-II match at the Wanderers in Windhoek, Namibia on Tuesday.
Coach Pubudu Dassanayake had wanted his team to get over the initial hiccups in the tournament but that didn’t happen when Nepal went on to lose their opener against Namibia by two runs. It was a déjà vu for Nepal who have been losing against Uganda in the opening stages of the WCL tournaments.
Nepal, however, bounced back in the tournament to get their Division-I ambitions back on track with a historic victory against the Dutch on Sunday. And up next against them will be Canada against whom them had lost by 12 runs in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in January last year.
Dassanayake said his side is looking to get through the match against Canada. “It is not going to be easy playing against any opponent in the tournament but we have to stay positive,” Dassanayake told cricketingnepal.com from Namibia.
Dassanayake is likely to stick with the same set he used in the first two games. Nepal were troubled in both of their matches in chase of a low total with both coach and skipper Paras Khadka looking for good wicket.
The conditions so far are not favourable for batsmen although there cannot be any excuses. If we play with proper execution of what we have been taught, we can come up with positive result,” said Paras.
Defeating Canada, however, will not be an easy task who bounced back from their 67-run thrashing of the Netherlands by beating Kenya by 46 runs in their second match on Sunday. After the match against Canada, Nepal will meet hosts and tournament favourites Namibia along with Kenya.
With two more testing fixtures ahead, Nepal are not in the position to afford to lose against Canada. Namibia lead the table with four points from two victories in two games, while second-placed Netherlands, Nepal, Canada and Uganda have won one game apiece.Kenya are yet to win a match.