The 7th match of the 2020 ACC Western Region T20 will be played between Thailand and Nepal at the Terdthai Cricket Ground in Bangkok.
The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (2:30 AM GMT) (8:00 AM IST).
This game can be viewed on the Fan code app in India.
Nepal and Thailand are the only teams in the ongoing ACC Eastern Region T20 to not have registered a win yet. All the remaining three sides have bagged two wins apiece. Nepal came into the tournament with lot of expectations but batting collapses saw them lose against Hong Kong and Malaysia. Thailand, on the other hand, were considered as the weakest nation among the five participants. The hosts, as expectedly, did lose all the three matches they played but failed to create any memorable moments in the tournament thus far.
No threat of rain is forecasted at the Terdthai Cricket Ground on Wednesday morning but we could see a bit of clouds around.
The average first innings score in the morning matches at the Terdthai Cricket Ground took a rise as Singapore blasted a record total of 239 against Malaysia. The track seemed to be good for batting without any dampness. There was a hint of turn during the second innings but not before the 10th over of Malaysia’s innings.
Average first innings score: 177 (T20Is in the morning)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 3
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Daniel Jacobs, Wanchana Uisuk, Henno Jordaan, Naveed Pathan, Ziaul Hoque, Robert Raina, Mahsid Faheem, Phiriyapong Suanchuai, Nopphon Senamontree, Vichanath Singh (C), Ismail Sardar.
Bench – Chanchai Pengkumta, Kamron Senamontree, Sorawat Desungnoen.
Gyanendra Malla (C), Kushal Malla, Paras Khadka, Aarif Sheikh, Dipendra Airee, Binod Bhandari (WK), Pawan Sharraf, Sushan Bhari, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Abinash Bohora.
Bench – Sundeep Jora, Kishor Mahato, Bhuwan Karki.
Kushal Malla opens the innings for Nepal and also bowls a decent number of overs. In the last match, he took 1/19 with the ball and scored 19 runs. Against Thailand, he could end up scoring big and also pick up a couple of wickets. Even Sandeep Lamichhane is expected to bully the low experienced Thailand team in the current form. He claimed five wickets in two matches during this tournament. Sandeep came to Thailand having picked up a 6-wicket against the USA. The Nepal skipper Gyanendra Malla has been in good form of late with scores of 38 and 46 in this tournament. He scored big runs during the domestic T20 tournament which included a hundred.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Kushal Malla, Gyanendra Malla, Sandeep Lamichhane.
Vice-Captain – Paras Khadka, Henno Jordaan, Ziaul Hoque.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Binod Bhandari
Batters – Gyanendra Malla, Dipendra Airee, Daniel Jacobs, Henno Jordaan
All-Rounders – Kushal Malla (VC), Paras Khadka, Ziaul Hoque
Bowlers – Nopphon Senamontree, Sandeep Lamichhane (C), Abinash Bohora
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Binod Bhandari
Batters – Dipendra Airee, Daniel Jacobs, Henno Jordaan
All-Rounders – Kushal Malla (C), Paras Khadka, Karan KC, Ziaul Hoque
Bowlers – Sandeep Lamichhane (VC), Abinash Bohora, Mahsid Faheem
Despite losing the first matches, Nepal fielded with the same playing XI. However, with the batting failing in both matches, they could be seen bringing in an extra batsman. The home team Thailand lost all three matches but have only made one change thus far. One of the reasons for that being lack of depth in the squad. Since the game against Nepal will be their last in the tournament, Thailand could be seen making a couple of changes.
Nepal is expected to register their first win of the tournament and leave Thailand winless.
*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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