National team coach Pubdudu Dassanayake believes that his side has taken a huge stride by playing full 50 overs against U-23 teams of India and Pakistan during the Emerging Teams Cup.
Nepal ended their first trophy-less tour after Dassanayake took over reigns of the team but with Asian Test playing giants India and Pakistan in the group, the coach’s run was expected to be halted.
Apart from going down against the two archrivals, Nepal narrowly lost to Afghanistan by three-runs which had already hinted that Nepal were returning winless from Singapore. “Main disappointment is the Afghan game. We should have won thatgame easily,” Dassanayake told www.cricketingnepal.com.
“But there are lots of progress within the team and we took huge steps by playing full overs against Pakistan and India. Guys got confidence of playing against quality bowling,” the coach added. Nepal made 184-8 in their 269-run chase against India, while against Pakistan the team was 156 all out in the last over of the match which they lost by nine wickets.
The coach said his boys made some basic errors. “We did few basics errors while batting, otherwise we would have put more runs against both India and Pakistan. But main thing is we were exposed at the top level and able to identify the areas to improve,” he said.
Dassanayake was all praise of bowling all rounder Sagar Pun who made a half century against India apart from picking up an important wicket of Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi in his first delivery on 50-over debut.
“Sagar is shaping very well as our top off spinner and late middle order bat. He performed in all three departments pretty well. He played with lots of courage against India. Now the challenge will for him is to continue performing at this level,” he said.