MALAYSIA, Sept 12: Nepal opened the ACC U-19 Eastern Region Cricket Tournament with a big margin win over Thailand on Monday.
Both bowling and batting department played up to their par to help Nepal make an impressive start to the tournament that head coach Binod Das had targeted before flying to the Malaysia. The Nepal team in its first match defeated Thailand with a huge margin of 255 runs in 50-over match in Kula Lumpur.
Head coach Das now wants his players to give continuity to the same spirit when his team takes on Bhutan in its second match in the group A at Kinrara Oval Cricket Ground, Kula Lumpur on Wednesday.
“Our plan for the batsmen is still the same. We want everyone to contribute higher than 20 runs in the match against Bhutan. Three to four batsmen hitting half-centuries and century will boost the confidence of the entire team,” said Das.
Bhutan which had suffered nine wickets defeat to Singapore is in the bottom of the table. Singapore after defeating Thailand by 92 runs in its second group match on Tuesday has tightened its grip to the first position in group A. Nepal is in the second position with two points from one match while Thailand despite the second defeats in a row is in the third above Bhutan with a better run rate.
Bhutan’s batting line-up was exposed in the match against Singapore with only three Bhutanese batsmen managing to reach the double figures. Ugyen Dorji was highest scorer for Bhutan with 22 runs while two other batsmen Nawang Thinley and Gakul Kumar Ghalley contributed 20 and 14 runs respectively. Likewise Bhutanese bowlers also failed miserably as Singapore reached to the target in the loss of just one wicket.
Meanwhile the former national team skipper Das said that further improvement in the players will be more important than a victory over Bhutan which certainly taken as one of the weakest opponents in the tournament. “We want Bhutan to give us tough fight so that the game would become more competitive that will help my players improve. Our target is not just to record win against Bhutan but also to further improve the performance,” added Das.
Team captain Dipendra Singh Airee says his team is committed to win the tournament which will take it to the ACC U-19 Asia Cup and that win over Bhutan will be positive step to inch closer to the trophy. “Our target is to win this tournament and if we play up to our level it won’t be hard to meet the target,” said Airee who is captaining the side for the first time. “We don’t have much idea about Bhutanese team but we are confident of pulling the victory playing our natural game.”