National team coach Pubudu Dassanayake and captain Paras Khadka said they were 15-20 runs short in their eight-wicket loss to Scotland in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers that halted their two-match winning streak in Dubai.
Buoyed by their victories against Denmark and Kenya, Nepal headed into the Scotland encounter with full confidence but went on to lose after they were restricted to 137-7 in 20 overs with the Scots conceding just 36 runs and picking up three wickets in the last five overs. Scotland dealt with the below-par target professionaly with Calum MacLeod smashing 82 not out from 64 balls.
“I think we were 15-20 runs short,” Dassanayake told cricketingnepal.com in Dubai who appreciated Nepali boys for putting up a good fight. “The way our guys played against an ODI team like Scotland was really appreciable,” he said.
“With low target to defend, we fought back and pushed the game till the 20th over. We could not do as planned before. We were playing agianst Scotland for the first time and we did our best to win but unfortunately that didn’t happen,” added the coach.
“We are now in need to win other matches in the tournament now and make sure that we learn from our mistakes.”
Skipper Paras revoiced his coach. “I think we scored about 15-20 runs than we had expected. Had we put on 150-160 plus scores in the board, the match could have been withing our grasp,” said Paras.
“But still we need to thank our bowlers who bowled well and fought till the last over… Scotland is a good side and we gave 100 per cent to win against them but that could not happen,” he said.
“We have to learn from today’s game and prepare ourselves for upcoming matches in the tournament,” added the skipper who made 27 against Scotland and was involved in a 47-run partnership with Binod Bhandari, the best Nepal could do today. Binod was the top scorer for Nepal with 28 runs.