National team stand-in skipper Gyanendra Malla said his side now needs to stay positive after losing to Scotland for their second consecutive defeat in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand on Thursday.
Nepal needed to win the match against the Scots with pressure mounting on the team following their 102-run humbling from the UAE but the team bite the dust bundled out for 159 in chase of a reachable 249-7 from Scotland.
“250 was well within reach given our strong middle order but there is too much pressure because the top order is not clicking for us. We need to be positive and look forward to the remaining two games. The bowlers did good job restricting them (Scotland) within 250 but we lost wickets at regular intervals in the second innings,” said Gyanendra after the match.
Coach Pubudu Dassanayake said there are no excuses for the failure. “I’m concerned with the batting because this is the second time we failed. No excuses for failure but we missed Paras and Subash in the batting line up. We can still make it to the second round if we play well,” said the coach.
Skipper Paras Khadka and Subash Khakurel were absentees in the crucial tie on Thursday at the Queenstown Events Centre owing to their injuries. While Paras is yet to recover from his back strain, Subash is so far declare unfit for matches though he has recovered from the viral fever he caught a week ago in New Zealand
Paras was still optimistic to make it to the next level.” We should get our heads down and play to our potential. We still have chances to go further,” said Paras.