With two back-to-back victories in the bag, Nepal are taking on Division-I team Scotland in their third match of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers at the ICC Academy Oval today.
Nepal will head into the match — which is the first ever meeting between the senior side of both nation — with morale boosting victory over Kenya on Saturday where they had pulled off an improbable target set by Kenya.
The Scots have been hit hard in their World Cup ambitions after going down to Afghanistan and Bermuda in their first two matches and in front of them will be a team that famously replied with 186-4 in reply of Kenya’s 182-9.
Boasting one-day status and being a Division-I team is the only reason for the Scots to bring some confidence for themselves. And for Nepal, the match will be about garnering more confidence to continue their winning momentum.
“Our confidence is high after chasing a huge total against an experienced team like Kenya. We want to continue our winning spirit against Scotland and for that we just have to play good cricket,” Dassanayake told cricketingnepal.com in Dubai ahead of the match at the ICC Academy Oval 2.
“Scotland are good side so we cannot take them lightly nor we should get carried over by our own back-to-back victories and their losses,” added the coach.
Dassanayake has already backed out-of-form opener Pradeep Airee comaring his nature to Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya and India’s Virender Sehwag. There are almost 100 per cent of chances that Pradeep will be there for the team one more tim.
“Pradeep is a good player who can be very explosive once he gets going. Though he has not been in good form in the last two games, I still want him to play his natural game as like Jayasuriya and Sehwag. If they get going they will be destructive and Pradeep is just like them,” said the coach.
Skipper Paras Khadka wants to a victory against Scotland so that the team can direcly qualify for the World Cup winning the group. However, Paras wants to remain cautious.
“All the teams in our group are pretty good. All have been playing good cricket so far in this tournament but our main aim will be to win the match against Scotland and continue our winning momentum,” said Paras.
Once again there are high chances of Amrit Bhattarai being dropped one more time with Dassanayake going with the same combination. The only dilemma would be to chose Amrit or included an extra batsmen in form of Anil Mandal.