Nepal face Afghans today

Kathmandu, November 16

Nepal youth cricket team will take on Afghanistan in the semi-final match of the ACC U-19 Youth Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

Nepal, who made it to the last four at the expense of India, will be looking to ride on the momentum of the past two matches and coach Binod Das said his side was pumped up for the match against Afghanistan.

“We have all-important match against Afghanistan, who are a very good side,” said Das. “We know that they beat us twice in the last couple of months but tomorrow’s match is going to be a different one. We have improved a lot in all three departments since we last lost against Afghanistan and we are looking forward to a tough match,” added the former national team skipper.

Nepal opened the campaign with a two-wicket defeat at the hands of Bangladesh, bounced back to stun three-time champions India in the next match. The victory against world’s cricketing powerhouse was the first by a Nepali team at any level. Nepal then routed Malaysia by eight wickets to earn the maiden berth in the semi-finals.

Coach Das said he was ready with plans to tackle the Afghans, who have already acquired the Test status from the ICC. “We have prepared plans for the match and will apply as per the demand. We will play with the same attitude that we had in our previous matches and will try to formulate the team plans,” he added. “All the team members know their roles very well and I hope they will come out good,” added the coach.

Das said the team was not under any pressure going into the maiden semi-final match of the tournament. “There is not pressure at all ahead of the match and everyone will open up and play their game,” he added.