Nepal was crushed by 45 runs when they met China in their previous meeting in the ACC Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup in China in 2012.
Once a minnow against Nepal, China have grown in cricket in every means and their final appearance in the 2013 ACC Women’s Championship was a proof of the leap they had taken for the past few years.
Though Nepal’s performance in the women’s cricket has not slid, a comparative surge from China and huge improvement shown by Thailand has already proved that the senior cricket is not easy for Nepali women as it has been in the U-19.
Nepalese has already been humiliated in the tournament when they were bundled out for just 39 runs – their third lowest total in women’s cricket history – in an eight-wicket thrashing.
China, meanwhile, are flying high in the tournament with a third consecutive victory – against Bhutan on Saturday. They are currently second in the table and are yet to lose a match.
When Nepal takes on China in what is going to be a crucial tie for both teams, the Chinese, no doubt, will gain an upper hand heading into the game.
Nepal has lost badly against Thailand and their performance against Bhutan was not satisfactory as well.
Skipper Rubina Chhetry says her team is seriously focused for the match with a mediocre performance of China against Bhutan giving them a lot of confidence.
“Looking at the way how China played against Bhutan today, we believe we have the abilities to defeat them,” said Rubina.
“But we are not taking China lightly. The game is going to be a very important one for us. So we will remain seriously focused,” described Chhetri.
Nepal has a better head-to-head record against China is winning two of their previous three meetings, but that was in the past and China currently are completely a different team.
Coach Umesh Raj Upadhayay doesn’t want to underrate his team. “Nepal and China play at a similar level. We are comparatively strong in the bowling department and this is the area where we need to cash in on,” said the coach.