Monday, August 16, 2010
Good start by Nepal
After watching their first match against USA being rained off, Nepal have done well by beating Italy in division four of world cricket. Italy is said to be one of the weaker sides in Europe and their side is mainly made up of players from Australia, South Africa and Lanka. If I am right, they have only one player of Italian origin.
Veteran seamer Binod again bowled a good first spell and backed up by other seamers including the young Amrit and their captain Paras meant that Italy were bowled out for a paltry score of 71 runs. It is interesting to see that Nepal's captain used so many seamers. Usually, they do have a spin dominated attack, but I guess, the astro-turf made them go for a seam oriented attack.
Nepal's batsmen struggled a bit and lost early wickets, but in the end, were able to chase down the score of 71. I don't know much about Nepal's cricket, but their batting seems to be a problem. Yes, they are perhaps relatively inexperienced when it comes to playing on astro-turf, as they don't play much on astro-turf back home yet, their batting needs to improve.
Tougher challenges may lie ahead, but a very good start for Nepal in division four of world cricket. Keep it up Nepal!!