Interview, Nepal Men

Pubudu: Conditions were challenging in Scotland

Pubudu Dassanayake

Nepal ended their Scotland tour with a defeat against the hosts Scotland on Sunday, losing by eight wickets. They lost three matches out of four in the Tri-series under ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2. More importantly, the defeat would haunt this young side, as their batting once again failed in overseas conditions.

In the first match, Nepal were bowled out for 180 runs and lost by 40 runs against Namibia, which was the first loss against the Eagles in List A. Meanwhile, Nepal dismissed Scotland for 144 runs in the second match and chased the target in 25.1 overs, registering the first victory against Scotland. Nepal once again were bowled out for mere 136 runs chasing 200 runs target against Namibia in the third whilst the last game saw a complete collapse for 128 in the first innings against the hosts.

Cricnepal spoke to Coach Pubudu Dassanayake after the conclusion of the Scotland series. Although, he was disappointed with the batting unit, but praised the young-side.

“It was a tough tour for Nepal but I think the boys have learnt a lot from the last few days. The conditions were challenging today, especially for our batters but the bowling unit really bowled well,” Pubudu Dassanayake said.

“The results are not what we want but the boys have learnt a lot in the last few weeks touring here. When Nepal comes to Europe, we have always struggled especially in the batting department. This is a learning curve, this is a young batting group, and there is a positive. Expect for the last game, the other three games, we played competitively. I am sure we will use this experience to get better in the future,” Dassanayake further added.

Nepali players will take a break from international cricket until September. In mid-September, Nepal will tour PNG to play against PNG and UAE and later in the year, they will play Namibia and Scotland in Namibia.