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Nepali camp satisfied with Jaipur tour

Coach Pubudu Dassanayake and skipper Paras Khadka both were satisfied as Nepal returned from their seven-day practice tour of Jaipur on Saturday. 

Nepal, preparing for the ICC World Cricket League Division-III to be held in Bermuda from April 28 to May 5, played four practice matches in Jaipur with different clubs and won all of them. “It was a good tour for us. We played against good teams at good wickets. We enjoyed a very good facility and hospitality which was really satisfying for us,” said the coach. 

Nepal were barely troubled throughout their practice tour matches but Dassanayake said his side dealt very professionally against quality teams.

“If we wanted to play better teams than those we played against in Jaipur then it would only be state teams. We are happy with the quality of players that we got in our tour,” added the coach. While Nepal’s opening pair of Subash Khakurel ad Anil Mandal was unable to show its true colours in Jaipur, middle order batsmen took the charge for Nepal in all four matches.

“Especially our middle order batted nicely. The openers couldn’t do much but I am confident that they will gain their opponent back,” added the coach. Middle order batsmen Gyanendra Malla smashed three half centuries, while Sharad Vesawkar continued his fine form providing perfect finishes.

Sharad and another middle order batsman completed a half century each. Skipper Paras Khadka said the team was able to shape themselves for 50-over format.

Nepal were playing their first 50-over matches in Jaipur six months after they had won the ACC Trophy Elite final against UAE. Nepal are the losing finalists of the ACC Twenty20 Cup. “We were able to capture the 50-over timing in Jaipur. The teams that we played against Jaipur were good for practice,” said Paras, adding the form middle order batsmen carried was a good sign. “Hopefully we will be able to maintain that form,” said Paras.

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