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Paras Khadka - Nepal captain
I think we had an awesome day today – our bowlers were superb and our fielding was out of this world. We bowled in the right areas and that gave us the ‘zip’ we need. We’re confident but cricket is a funny game and we can’t take any team lightly and so after tomorrow’s rest day, we have to continue being focused on winning every game.
Amrit Bhattarai bowled a very good spell and l think everyone of my bowlers performed for me today and our fielding was just on target.
I found batting difficult particularly because the pitch was very bouncy and with the high winds as well it wasn't easy! I think as a side we played one too many rash shots which meant players got out cheaply but in the end we got the victory and that’s all that matters in this campaign.
I have to make a special mention in here to the Nepalese fans that showed up from Rome and Milan to show their support for the side. It’s quite incredible to think that 100 or so people will travel all the way to Bologna to see us take on Italy and it was a great impetus for us to do well and make Nepal proud.
I’m looking forward to a rest day tomorrow and lying by the pool... and maybe doing a bit of planning for our match against Tanzania. Thanks also to everyone who has commented on the blog it’s great to see all your messages of support.
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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.