The bronze medal match of Men’s Cricket in the 2019 South Asian Games will be played between Nepal and Maldives at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur.
The match starts at 9:15 AM local time (3:15 AM GMT) (8:45 AM IST).
Nepal and Maldives will lock horn in order to grab the 3rd spot in the league table. However, in the previous meeting, Nepal had registered an emphatic win against the same opponent. The Maldives won their previous game against Bhutan and would be eager to replicate their form in the upcoming crucial game as well.
With the likes of Mohamed Rishwan, Mohamed Ivan, Adam Nasif their top-order looks strong whereas in bowling they have the services of Ibrahim Rizan, Leem Shafeeq, who will play an important role. Nepal has a strong batting line up in the presence of Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla and Dipendra Singh Airee.
They have performed convincingly well with the bat so far in the tournament and the same performances will be expected from them in a crucial match against the Maldives. Fans can expect an enthralling encounter for the third place in order to win the bronze medal in South Asian Games.
With no chances of rain, it is expected to be a perfect day for a cricket match. However, the temperature is expected to range between 18 and 22 Degree Celsius according to Accuweather.
It is expected to be a high scoring game as far as trends are concerned. Until now, the batsmen have only dominated the bowlers in the ongoing tournament. Moreover, the team winning the toss will look to the bat as the teams have found it easy to chase targets at this venue.
Average first innings score: 204 (2019 South Asian Games)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 6
Injury and Availability:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla (C), Dipendra Singh Airee, Arif Sheikh, Binod Bhandari (WK), Pawan Sarraf, Karan KC, Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi, Sushan Bhari, Avinash Bohra, Rohit Paudel
Bench – Sandeep Jora, Kushal Bhurtel, Sompal Kami, Rashid Khan.
Mohamed Rishwan, Mohamed Ivan, Adam Nasif, Ahmed Hassan, Mohamed Azzam (WK), Hassan Ibrahim, Mohamed Mahfooz (C), Nazuwan Badeeu, Ibrahim Rizan, Leem Shafeeq, Yoosuf Azyan Farhath.
Bench – Rassam Rasheed, Ibrahim Raid, Ameel Mauroof.
Paras Khadka will be a vital pick for any Dream11 Fantasy Side. He has given some convincing performances with the bat and ball. Leem Shafeeq will be an important player to watch out in the upcoming match.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla, Karan KC
Vice-Captain – Dipendra Singh Airee, Ahmed Hassan, Pawan Sarraf
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Mohamed Azzam, Binod Bhandari
Batters – Paras Khadka (C), Gyanendra Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee (VC), Ahmed Hassan,
All-Rounders – Pawan Sarraf, Karan KC
Bowlers – Sushan Bhari, Mohamed Mahfooz, Hassan Ibrahim
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Mohamed Azzam
Batters – Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla (C), Dipendra Singh Airee
All-Rounders – Pawan Sarraf (VC), Karan KC, Leem Shafeeq
Bowlers – Sushan Bhari, Mohamed Mahfooz, Ibrahim Rizan, Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi
Ahmed Hassan has performed well but in patches. He is lacking in performing consistently well with the bat for his side. He can be a risky pick but will be worth for any Grand League Side.
Nepal is expected to win the match.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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