#CWCL2 | Match 93 | Scotland vs Nepal | The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Nepal vs Scotland 2022

#CWCL2 | Match 93 | Scotland vs Nepal | The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Aasif Sheikh:
The opening batter first shot to fame was a century in an Everest Premier League final back in 2016. Normally, ‘he never looked back’ would follow. But in Aasif’s case, a tedious few years followed. He lost the touch. So much that his then U-19 coach Binod Das was criticized heavily for keep selecting him to open despite numbers not backing the call. Either way, he kept showing glimpses of his undoubted talent. In 2021, he got his debut under Gyanendra Malla and Dav Whatmore. Then, he never looked back. Aasif’s strength lies in decimating pace. He should be allowed to do that only. He sets up matches for Nepal. Like today against Scotland. Bhurtel did the early damage, then Aasif took over. He scored a flawless 71 as fans gasped in awe. He helped Nepal earn the much-needed two points.

The missing seamer:
Fans joked on social media that they can’t find the actual pitch when the FanCode live feed started. The pitch was lush green like sarees in Shrawan. Nepal won the toss and elected to bowl. But didn’t include an extra pacer. Whereas Scotland, the home team, who knows the conditions better than us, went with an extra pacer (Adrian Neill) at the expense of a decent batting lineup. They backed themselves to defend anything around 200. But, as expected, Nepal bowlers wreak havoc led by Sompal Kami. However, the visiting team quickly ran out of seam/pace overs once Sompal bowled out and Aadil Alam and Karan KC rotated along with the captain himself at an end. All the pacers were not similarly effective in their second or third spells. Nepal missed the third seamer. Or specifically, Kishore Mahato, as he is the only option in the squad. An argument can be made that Scotland only made 144 runs anyway but it was number nine Gavin Main who stayed unbeaten on 64 runs.

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