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Paras Khadka - Nepal captain
We arrived here in Italy a week ago, which has been a good move I feel as we’ve got to know the grounds and some of the conditions to expect. Obviously today has been disappointing with the thunderstorms and the fact we couldn’t finish our match against the USA but hopefully we will be able to play tomorrow.
The conditions at the Pianoro ground are different to Bologna and Medicina, as the pitch has concrete base under the artificial surface whereas the other two are sand based. It almost feels slightly uneven but I think we adjusted well to the surface despite losing two wickets early on.
It was obviously not great that Mahesh (Chhetri) and Shakti (Gauchan) didn’t manage to get runs on the board but it was good to see Anil Mandal adding runs just as he has done for us in the warm-up games. He’s been playing really well with the bat, scoring 55 in our first warm-up and 94 in our second, so I’m hoping he keeps this run of form for the tournament.
Sitting around in the rain is never much fun as we all are keen to be playing but we’ve good team dynamic and I like being around boys as we joke and have a good time anyway. Here’s hoping tomorrow will be a brighter day and we can get some cricket in.
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