Nepal February 23, 2010

We want to do it for the crowds - Khadka

Paras Khadka

Paras Khadka

It feels good to score runs when the team needed it today and it’s nice to get the man of the match again, but the credit should really go to the bowlers and not to me. I’m sharing a room with Basanta and at the moment I’m one ahead of him on the Man of the Match awards, so maybe we’ve got a lucky room number, I’d be quite happy if we keep winning the awards and the matches through till Saturday!

When we reached the ground this morning there was an incredible fog, you couldn’t even see someone five feet in front of you so the umpires decided to reduce the match to 47 overs a piece. Having won the toss we decided to field first and we wanted to use the conditions to our advantage.

Our fast bowlers made a good start and then the spinners did it for us again. Basanta Regmi took four today and Sanjam Regmi took three and then Rahul took two – which I was really happy with. The spinners were turning it fair and square and the Bahrain guys couldn’t read it. Once we took early wickets we just continued to dominate and saw them all out in the 43rd over.

We had another great crowd of supporters at the Army Ground which spurs me and the guys on to win for Nepal. I really enjoy it when they come down and show their support for the country. I think the crowds will keep coming so I don’t want us to disappoint them along the way so need to maintain the quality of cricket that we are playing now.

I think Bahrain like to slog the ball and putting them into bat first made it harder for them especially as they struggled to face our spinners and I’m content that our plan worked out for us.

As I’ve said of the other teams, I don’t think Fiji can be underestimated tomorrow – they pushed Singapore today, so we have to continue with the attitude that the game is anyone’s to win and we have to respect every opponent. I would like the boys to keep focused.

Sahil Dutta is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo