HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nepal will look to make most of an under-pressure Indian side when they face each other in their final Group ‘A’ match of the ACC U-19 Asia Cup at the Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
Nepal stayed in the hunt for the semi-finals after a customary victory against Malaysia on Sunday but Test playing giants India will be a hard nut to crack in their bid to seal an unlikely last four spot. India were unlucky to lose against Pakistan, by one run, otherwise they were as convincing in their eight-wicket victory over Malaysia as their arch rivals were against Nepal.
Nepal lost their opening match against Pakistan by eight wickets but Nepal’s coach Pubudu Dassanayake was hopeful of leaving that loss behind. “Pakistan played good cricket against us but we showed the intent that is required in a match. We have been improving day by day, especially after the win against Malaysia. We are ready for the India match and will give our best,” Dassanayake told The Himalayan Times.
The coach added he had given some special advice to his boys on the eve of the big match. “So far, no one has come forward to play that kind of role which Shakti (Gauchan), Basanta (Regmi) or Paras (Khadka) used to do at this level. I have told the boys to raise their game and believe in their talent.”
The coach was also hopeful of pulling an upset victory over India. “We know that we are capable of doing big things. It is all about giving your best on an important day. Hopefully, we will do something big tomorrow,” said the coach, adding there would not be any big change in his squad. “The batsmen from the top order are doing quite well and the middle order is also performing at its best. The only shuffling that we might require is in the bowling department, which we will decide tomorrow morning,” said Dassanayake.
In another Group ‘A’ match, already-qualified Pakistan will play against already-eliminated Malaysia. In Group ‘B’ matches, Afghanistan will take on Bangladesh, while Sri Lanka are up against Qatar.