Fairfax – Nepal will be making their 50 over One Day International(ODI) debut against the same opponent(the Netherlands) in their backyard.
Playing in the historical two-match ODI series will be a dream come true for Nepali players who have waited long enough for this day.
Both matches will be live stream, and every Nepalese cricket fan is going to be glued to TV sets. Fans excitement is at fever pitch, and expectations are high.
Without a doubt, the Netherlands are favorites to win the series based on their overall strengths.They have the depth in batting, and a fairly good pace attack consisting of swing bowlers.
Forgetting not, the Dutch batsmen tactfully dealt with Nepal’s spinning attack in the Triangular series. Is this something to worry about? You be the judge.
The Dutch side is beatable. The good news is that Nepal beat them in their own backyard in the T20 series in 2015. Certainly, it can be done again. That being said, however, they will have to play the best cricket.
Question marks still remain over Nepal batting. Clearly, the burden is on batsmen to deliver. They have to outperform expectations to stand a chance in the series.
With the team’s batting overly reliant on Skipper Khadka, Vice captain Malla must find his form to take the pressure off his skipper.
The contribution of young batsmen is equally important for the team’s success. They will have to dig deep and come up with worthy performance.
They must learn from the past mistakes and bat with confidence, determination, grit, discipline and make the most of it.
Nepal needs a solid opening partnership, either to build a winning total or to chase a total. In addition, they should be able to bat in crunch situations.
With the pitch fast and bouncy, the Dutch side armed with a good set of seam bowlers could make life uneasy for Nepali batsmen.
Nepal’s strength is bowling, no doubt, however, especially against the Dutch in the Triangular series bowlers were not in their element.
They must rebound, find their mojo back and be at their very best to stop the experienced Dutch batting lineup from scoring runs freely.
Ace leg break googly specialist Lamichhane might not have lived up to his reputation in the Triangular series, nonetheless, once again, he will be pivotal to the success of Team Nepal.
Understandably, conditions may not be to spinners liking, but he has the extra quality to turn things around despite odds.
Should Nepal go for the four-man pace attack comprising Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Lalit Bhandari and Rohit Kumar Paudel,they have to make the best out of pitch conditions.
Running between the wickets has to be taken one notch above and fielding needs improvement. Let us all keep our fingers crossed and hope that Nepal upsets the apple cart.