Nepal’s nerves would have surely settled down after a big win against Kuwait on Saturday which more or less confirmed their qualification to the 2020 T20 World Cup Qualifiers. They will take on the home team Singapore in the last game of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Region Final. Two wins and a wash out fetched five points for Singapore across three matches which made them the first side to seal the qualification berth.
On the other hand, Nepal has won their previous two matches after losing their first game against Qatar. Nepal chased down the target of 142 against Kuwait in only 15.5 overs to improve their NRR. At the same time, Qatar took 19.4 overs to chase down 145 against Kuwait and made no efforts to improve the NRR. Nepal, in worst possible scenario, have to ensure that they don’t lose by anything more than 60 runs against the hosts.
The 10th match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Region Final 2019 will be played between Singapore and Nepal will be hosted by the Indian Association Ground in Singapore.
The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (7:00 AM IST) (1:30 AM GMT). This game will be live streamed on Singapore Cricket’s Facebook page.
Last five completed Twenty20 matches (including unofficial ones):
Singapore: W, W, W, W, W.
Nepal: W, W, L, W, W.
The Indian Association Ground eventually saw a dip in the totals on Friday where the batting first sides posted 140-150 totals. The chasing teams won comfortably showing that there was no wrong with the pitch. However, if the same track be used for the last game of this tournament, even the 140 could be defendable.
Average first innings score: 149 (unaffected T20I matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 3
Probable Playing XIs:
Rohan Rangarajan, Surendran Chandramohan, Tim David, Manpreet Singh (WK), Chetan Suryawanshi, Janak Prakash, Anantha Krishna, Anish Paraam, Selladore Vijayakumar, Vinoth Baskaran, Amjad Mahboob (C).
Bench: Navin Param, Rezza Gaznavi, Aahan Achar.
Paras Khadka (C), Gyanendra Malla, Rohit Kumar Paudel, Sharad Vesawkar, Dipendra Singh Airee, Binod Bhandari (WK), Karan KC, Sompal Kami, Basant Regmi, Sandeep Lamichhane, Abhinash Bohara.
Bench: Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi, Pawan Sarraf, Pradeep Airee.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Basant Regmi in T20Is in 2019:
9 wickets from 5 T20Is at an average of 10.44 and a strike rate of 11.3. More than one wicket in four out of five matches.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Paras Khadka, Janak Prakash, Sandeep Lamichhane, Surendran Chandramohan
Vice-Captain Options: Karan KC, Rohan Rangarajan, Gyanendra Malla, Amjad Mahboob
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Manpreet Singh
Batsmen – Paras Khadka (C), Sharad Vesawkar, Surendran Chandramohan (VC), Tim David
All-Rounders – Karan KC, Janak Prakash
Bowlers – Selladore Vijayakumar, Amjad Mahboob, Basant Regmi, Sandeep Lamichhane
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Binod Bhandari
Batsmen – Gyanendra Malla, Surendran Chandramohan, Paras Khadka
All-Rounders – Vinoth Baskaran, Janak Prakash (C), Karan KC
Bowlers – Sandeep Lamichhane (VC), Anantha Krishna, Amjad Mahboob, Abhinash Bohara
Nepal might not make any changes after winning back to matches unless any injury issues. The result of this game wouldn’t make any difference to Singapore and could be seen making a few changes. However, the hosts could take pride from beating Nepal, the leading Asian team among associates.
Nepal is expected to seal their qualification with their 3rd consecutive win.
*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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