Skipper Paras Khadka batted with some intent to give hint to his openers how they needed to bat although Nepal’s India tour wrapped up their India tour with a slim five-run defeat from Centre for Sports Science in Chennai.
Nepal are taking on Hong Kong in their two away matches of the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the small grounds at the tiny country will definitely see some quick scoring, a fact that can be confirmed from the Hong Kong side.
Gyanendra Malla and Sagar Pun are certain to open the innings for Nepal but the duo has hardly justified their role in the preparation tour of India considering the scoring pace Hong Kong grounds would demand.
On a day when Gyanendra and Sharad Vesawkar – the respective centurions of the second and third games – were rested, Paras opened the innings with Sagar and the skipper characteristically played his game hitting seven boundaries and a six on his way to make 40 from 49 balls.
Paras’ batting intent gave Nepal the quickest start in the tournament with the tested opening pair notching up 84 runs from 12.5 overs to score with a run rate of over 6.5 per over.opening wicket partnership, in terms of run rate, was the best in the tournament in contrast to how Gyanendra and Sagar had been doing.
Gyanendra was out in the 10th over against Tamil Nadu ‘A’ when Nepal had put just 46 runs. It was the match where Dipendra Singh Airee’s whirlwind knock of 37-ball 74 lifted Nepal to 311-5 in 50 overs.
In the match against Mylapore Recreational Centre the regular opening pair collected 67 runs from 19.5 overs before Sagar was out. The match saw Gyanendra score a century from 123 balls and retire. The sluggish of all was their 28-run opening wicket stand against Dindigul Dragons in the first game, taking the duo 9.2 overs to reach there.
It will be immature to expect Gyanendra or Sagar to bat the way Paras does because each player has a style of his play but the only missing part is the intent which seems to have been lacking. Paras has led with an example providing his openers the glimpse of the intent that they need to possess.
Nepal had won the ICC World Cricket League Division IV in Malaysia on the back of strong batting display and Hong Kong could be a place where they might need to better that performance.
4th Practice Match – Nepal Vs Center for Sports Science (CSS)
Date: September 25, 2017
Venue: Sri Ramachandra medical Clloege GroundCSS won the toss and elected to bat first
CSS: 215 for 10 in 50 Overs
Wilkins Victor 74
runs in 89 balls with 9 fours and 1 six
runs in 72 balls with 4 fours and 1 six
Susan Bhari 9-1-26-3
Karan KC 7-1-35-2
Sandeep Lamichhane 9-2-46-2
Nepal: 210/10 in 40.3 Overs
Sagar Pun 69
runs in 84 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes
Paras Khadka 49
runs in 40 balls with 7 fours and 1 six
Dipendra Singh Airee 45
runs in 54 balls with 6 fours
Aru Balaji 6-0-15-5
Wilkins Victor 6.3-0-40-3
Nepal lost the match by 5 runs