Halfway down the tournament, Nepal meets Canada in the 3rd match of the ICC WCL Division 2, 2015 at Windhoek, Namibia.The match is scheduled to start at 1:15 NST.
Nepal and Canada are on a similar situation. Win will simply keep them alive for a top two finish while a loss will certainly kick them out of the tournament as Nepal stands third and Canada fifth on the points table with net run rate separating them.
Nepal’s story in the competition has been quite interesting after two matches. Beaten by minnows Uganda in the first match in a close encounter, Nepal bounced back remarkably with a win in the second match and that win was against tournament favorites Netherlands which was another close encounter. Canada, meanwhile, were beaten by Netherlands by 67 runs in the first match while they registered a 46 runs victory over Kenya in the second match.
Absolutely no comments in Nepal’s bowling as every Nepal bowlers are really chipping in. So far, Nepal has taken all 20 wickets in the first two matches. However, Nepal’s batting is totally vulgar. There isn’t a single with whom we can be satisfied. Not a single batsman has crossed the fifty score, which is completely devastating. So, if Nepal is to win today’s match, they need to address their batting vulgarity. They need to find proper opening combination and a stable middle order.
Canada, inspired by a pure batting display from Rizwaan Cheema and Navneed Dhilwal bounced back to the competition with a 46 runs win over Kenya. There were few positives from the match, particularly the batting of Cheema who blasted 57 runs off just 50 balls at the start and Navneet Dhaliwal who scored a fine 93 at the middle. Canada also got depth with the ball. Seamer Cecil Parveez and Satsimranjit Dhindsa has complemented each other in the first two matches. Canada’s leading wicket taker in the tournament, Parth Desai, can come handy in match against Nepal as well. The Slow left armer has already 7 wickets to his name.
Nepal could possibly look for someone in the place of Naresh Budhayer who has failed consistently failed to score in last few matches. Young Aarif Sheikh is expected to replace him.
Paras Khadka is just 4 runs short of making 1000 runs in ICC WCL tournaments.