After narrowly earning the promotion to Division-II and securing a place in the 2014 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, Nepal skipper Paras Khadka said luck worked for his side because they worked hard after losing the first two matches of the ICC World Cricket League Division-III in Bermuda.
Nepal rode on their luck to qualify for the World Cup Qualifier despite losing their first two matches of the tournament. After scripting six points on the board defeating Italy in the final league stage match, Nepal needed Bermuda to defeat USA in their final group stage game.
Riding on a super 89 from Chris Douglas, Bermuda defeated USA by five wickets that saw Nepal edge the Americans on better net run rate and reach the final of the tournament. Paras was pleased that his side’s hard work has paid off with a top two finish.
“We had to make sure that we put down a good run rate. Pressure is always there, after having lost both the first two games so we had to step it up. Hats off to the boys for having played so well and for their determination,” Paras told the ICC on Saturday.
“We had to wait for the results of the other matches, and then it happened for us. They say that when you work hard, things and luck work for you. That’s what we believe in and it worked for us.”
Paras admitted that the wait to hear the results of the day’s remaining matches was not easy. “It was a nervous wait for the other results. After we finished we had to wait about two hours, but thank god we hung in there and it worked for us.”
Paras added his side will be focused to defeat Uganda in the final. “We’ll think positive and forget what happened,” Paras said referring to the team’s six-wicket defeat against Uganda on the second day of the tournament.
“It was good that we were playing as a team today. The momentum is back and we just need to continue the momentum. Like I’ve said before, if we play to our potential, the results will be pretty good.”