HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nepal eye a comprehensive victory over Iran at the Bayuemas Oval grounds in Kuala Lumpur in order to unseat Malaysia from the top of Group ‘B’ in the ACC U-16 Elite Cup on Tuesday.
After a 16-run victory over Kuwati in Penang today, hosts Malaysia cruised into the semi-finals leading the standings with maximum six points from three matches. If Nepal are to topple Malaysia, they need to defeat Iran with a handsome margin before taking on the hosts on Thursday.
Nepal are at the second spot with four points from two matches. Nepal so far have no trouble in their Elite Cup campaign. After opening with a 78-run win over Kuwait, they beat Bahrain by eight wickets on Sunday. Iran are third with one win — against Kuwait — and a loss — against Malaysia.
Nepal coach Manzur Alam Khan, however, is not in the mood to take Iran lightly. “Iran is an average team. They have some good players in the side,” said Manzur. “Though our main target is to perform better against Malaysia, I am expecting a good performance from our medium pace bowlers,” he added.
Meanwhile, Nepal’s Kushal Bhurtel is returning home on Tuesday after breaking his shoulder bone. Kushal had landed on his left shoulder during a training session ahead of their match against Bahrain. Allrounder Ajay Sahani will replace Kushal and is expected to reach Malaysia by Thursday morning.