February 21, 2010

Nepal

Home advantage was crucial - Khadka

Andrew McGlashan

Paras Khadka

Wow what a match – it went really down to the wire today. I think I maybe underestimated Singapore’s batting capacity but we proved our abilities out there in front of another great supporting crowd.

When we were around 80 for 5 I really felt that Sarad [Vesawkar] and Basant [Regmi] consolidated very well, I think when our batsmen got set they started to play some big silly shots that cost them and we need to concentrate more to the end and we all need to bat our way through the innings with confidence and not get out cheaply.

I think Singapore bowled very well in their first 20 overs and we just stuck it out as we saw that the ball was seaming about a bit. I’m not sure if they perhaps misread the pitch at Engineering and it’s a place we know a bit better.

For us right now we’re concentrating on our games and we’ve got a fair few games to go and we can’t take anything lightly and we have to keep playing our way through to the final. I think we played really hard today and it paid dividends.

Tomorrow’s a rest day – I think we might go for a morning pool session, provided the water is warm but I might check the weather in the morning to see if it’s going to be cold! If we don’t go for a swim I think we’ll just relax together as a team at the hotel and prepare ourselves for our next match which is against Bahrain.

Although Bahrain lost today in what I think tight game, we can’t take any opposition lightly as cricket is a game that can be anyone’s on its day. We’ll make sure we continue to play well and in the right spirit.

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Posted by Khem Rosyara on (February 25, 2010, 11:48 GMT)

Well boys go well we are nepali, son of veer gorkhalis.I feel at the moment nepali batsmans lack application,as far as i see all batsman have capability of making big innings.You need to be focused on your job forget everythig while batting.Use your natural instincts in the game.Batting is all about application, you need not to be too innovative.Bad balls should be dispatched keeping your three stumps on the mind.There should not be half measures whether hittin the ball or not,if you have play shots excute it perfectly.good luck boys

Posted by gyanendra mallik on (February 24, 2010, 9:03 GMT)

Well done boys keep it up. u should make a final entry to world cup 2015 . All the best for ur consecutive win and performance. We all the people from Nepal and from outside r with u So keep wining and let the world knows a small country can also lift its pride by doing gr8 things. As shiv Khera told in his books "Winners does not do different things they do things differently" That the things u hav to do.

Posted by bibek pandey on (February 23, 2010, 5:02 GMT)

seriously, we need big improvement in our battaing in order to match the standards of international teams. i can't believe we were not qualified for under 19 worldcup

Posted by Alesh tamrakar on (February 23, 2010, 4:20 GMT)

it was a very tight match at the end nepal got victorous and all the croud were jubiliant and happy nepal winning the match although i was shocked by seeing paras khadka bowling spin nthan medium fast but our team should focus on batting partnership and fast bowling department is very week so practice hard boys alesh tamrakar

Posted by sambahaq sanjeet on (February 22, 2010, 20:05 GMT)

c'mon skipper let them know how strong is Nepal.

Posted by Pawan Gharti on (February 22, 2010, 16:37 GMT)

Tight win u got there but a win nevertheless. Do focus in ur respective batting skills though as that sector is what has let us down on many occasions. If atleast one of u were to score a century and the rest just support the guy by staying at the crease and doin his best at the other end then not even USA stand a chance. GOOD LUCK mates

Posted by bibek bhandari on (February 22, 2010, 13:55 GMT)

its just frustrating to see such a low run rate by nepal. we never can belief on our batsman and the games are always won by the bowlers. but best of luck. hope 2 see NEPAL as world champions

Posted by Bish on (February 22, 2010, 13:09 GMT)

Congrats!!!! Everything is perfect but batting has to be improved. GOod luck

Posted by Causall Pandit on (February 22, 2010, 8:35 GMT)

Keep going paras....lovely bowling n feilding....don u think its time for u guyzz to make batting a serious issue in the dressing room....anywayzz...u guyzz makes urself go home in this tournament...n as ur fan...juss a little tips...plzz watch out the match wid USA....crush them up brother....... Do well guyzz....millions of eyes r stuck in u guyzz of Nepalese cricket team.... Best of luck.... Jai Pashupatinath

Posted by Shivamani on (February 22, 2010, 5:50 GMT)

Well done brother really it was a tight game. As I was there to support team, our bowling and fielding is on its height but batting is still disoppointing. So please concentrate on Batting it will make us big.

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Andrew McGlashan
Assistant Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo via Manchester and Cape Town, after finding the assistant editor at a weak moment as he watched England's batting collapse in the Newlands Test. Andrew began his cricket writing as a freelance covering Lancashire during 2004 when they were relegated in the County Championship. In fact, they were top of the table when he began reporting on them but things went dramatically downhill. He likes to let people know that he is a supporter of county cricket, a fact his colleagues will testify to and bemoan in equal quantities.

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