The Nepali camp was dissatisfied despite registering a five-wicket victory over Bhutan in their third match of the ACC Women’s Premier Cricket Tournament at the Gymkhana grounds in Thailand on Friday.
Nepal put on a disciplined bowling attack that saw them restrict Bhutan to 103-7 in 40 overs and reached the target with 80 balls to spare. However, the Nepali camp could not relax after their top order failed and the team went on to lose five wickets while chasing the target.
The batting failure in their second consecutive match is going to be a big headache for skipper Rubina Chhetri and coach Umesh Raj Upadhayay ahead of a crucial tie against China on Sunday.
Nepal is currently third in the table on better run rate after they were tied on four points from three matches with Hong Kong. A slip against China can saw them further slip in the standings and most importantly miss out on a spot for September’s Asian Games.
“We played a mediocre game today. Though we won, we are not satisfied with the victory,” said Rubina after defeating Bhutan.
“The batting department has failed to deliver in second consecutive match which is not a good sign. We have to keep in mind that we are good in batting as well along with the bowling and fielding department,” Rubina added.
“But it looks as if no one is ready to believe in their batting abilities. If our batswomen have faith in their abilities, then we can beat any kind of team. Our batting must click against China,” she said.
Coach Upadyaya cannot decipher the problem within the team. “We won the match completely under pressure today. The opening pair has not able to leave the mark in the three matches running. I cannot understand the psychology of our players,” Upadyaya said.
“It is looking like our batters have a fear of getting dismissed while they are at the crease. We now have to bat without any pressure. The result against China will decide our fate in the top three, so there is no other option for us than to win the remaining matches,” said the coach.