-  Wednesday 15 July 2020

    Nepal takes on Ireland today

    COLOMBO, SRILANKA, Jan 9 - Nepal takes on Ireland at the Nondescript Cricket Club Ground in its last first round match of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup to decide who stays at the bottom of Group D.
    Both the teams have no chance of proceeding to Super League after Ireland lost to England by four runs today. England and Zimbabwe with two wins each will proceed to Super League quarterfinal while Nepal and Ireland will play the Plate Championship quarterfinal irrespective of Friday's result.

    As coach Roy Dias said to the his team during team briefing, it is now a new campaign for Nepal to perform well in the Plate Championship. For that, victory against Ireland is important as the last team from Group D meets a Test-nation. Group A comprises of Pakistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand and Uganda.

    The team composition is probably going to be changed with Bantu Bataju likely to replace Abhaya Rana while Yashwant Subedi coming in as super-sub for Basanta Regmi.

    Ireland suffered a heavy loss against Zimbabwe but was at the receiving end of another heartbreaking result today losing to England on the last ball by four runs. It bowled brilliantly to get England out for 214 runs but could only score 210 in 50 overs.

    Both Ireland and Nepal are taking the match as a matter of pride. Both none Test playing nations have gone very close to upsetting big teams. So, the contest now has come down to level field.

    Nepal won two practice matches, one each against Namibia and Scotland, and lost two group matches. In all four matches, Nepal chased the target.

    For this match also, Nepal might prefer to chase the target than to defend. Skipper Kanishka Chaugai still believes that chasing would be a better proposition for the team as the top order is accumulating runs at the moment. For a change, it would not be a surprise if Nepal opts to bat first.


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