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It was good to be back where belonged today at the ground we always train at TU. We knew that today’s match was important and now Friday’s is going to be even more important to win as the top three in the table are so close.
I am confident in the boys and the way we’ve been playing that we can defeat the USA and continue on the path that we’ve been travelling on during this tournament. I think Fiji were an okay but Sharad’s century was the making of today.
Sharad’s one of our main batsmen so having him in fine form is important for us and to have score his maiden senior century today was brilliant and I am proud of him as captain.
I know I keep talking about the crowd but today it was huge but it’s such a great motivation for us to have them there and chanting our names and giving us such great support and I hope they will continue to do so all the way through to the final day.
We’ve got a rest day tomorrow and I think we’ll have a relaxed day, maybe watch a movie – we’re definitely not going swimming this time, it is way too cold and I think we might all catch pneumonia!
Friday’s going to be a big game – I don’t feel we need a specific game plan, our spirit and determination is pushing us to succeed and I hope we can continue to make our fans and Nepal proud.
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Assistant editor Sahil Dutta grew up supporting England during the 90s. Despite this, he still enjoys the game. His unrequited passions for Graeme Hick and, in latter years, Vikram Solanki gave him a stoicism that guided him through an Economics degree and a stint working at the European Parliament. He maintains the purest love for Tests and the whims of legspin bowling and still harbours hope that he could be the answer to England's long search for a mystery spinner. As it is, his most exciting cricketing experience was planning a trip to Australia for the 2006-07 Ashes with two utterly indifferent friends. Unfortunately his lung collapsed shortly before his planned departure and the pair were left to wander around from Test to Test, unprepared and clueless. Any comparisons with England are far too obvious to make. That cancelled holiday inspired an Ashes blog which led, via some tea-making at the Wisden Cricketer, to the ESPNcricinfo towers.