Nepal’s campaign in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Region Final begins on Tuesday when they face Qatar in the 3rd match of the tournament. Nepal is considered as favourites in this 5-team tournament and is expected to make it to the T20 World Cup Qualifiers. The Paras Khadka-led team have beaten Malaysia in the 2-match T20I series a few days ago and also defeated UAE in a 3-match T20I series at the start of the year.
On the other hand, Qatar began their tournament with a big defeat against the hosts Singapore. The home team made its T20I debut in this game and posted a big score of 186/7 in the tournament opener. Pacer Iqbal Hussain took 4/33 but couldn’t stop the opponent from scoring big. In reply, Qatar finished with 153/9 as they missed fire-power in the second half. Four batters crossed 25 but none of them converted those starts.
The 3rd match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Region Final 2019 will be played between Nepal and Qatar 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).
Last five completed T20I matches:
Nepal: W, W, W, W, L.
Qatar: L, W, T (W), L, L.
The Indian Association Ground in Singapore made its Men’s International debut on Monday. The two matches hosted on the first day witnessed 150+ totals that were defended by the first batting sides. The trend might continue on the second day. An early start could give help from the track for the pacers.
Average first innings score: 172 (T20I matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
Paras Khadka (C), Pradeep Airee, 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, Gyanendra Malla.
Inam-ul-Haq, Faisal Javid Khan, Kamran Khan, Mohammad Tanveer, Tamoor Sajjad (C), Nouman Sarwar, Mohammed Rizlan (WK), Zaheer Ibrahim, Awais Malik, Iqbal Hussain, Mohammed Nadeem.
Bench: Qalandar Khan, Gayan Munaweera, Musawar Shah.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Tamoor Sajjad in T20I cricket:
With bat – 220 runs from 8 innings at an average of 31.42 with 1 fifty (3rd highest run-getter for Qatar)
With ball – 11 wickets from 9 wickets at an average of 21.72 (2nd highest wicket-taker for Qatar)
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Paras Khadka, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tamoor Sajjad, Nouman Sarwar
Vice-Captain Options: Sompal Kami, Sharad Vesawkar, Binod Bhandari, Faisal Javid Khan, Mohammad Tanveer
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Shafiq Sharif
Batsmen – Paras Khadka (C), Faisal Javid Khan, Mohammad Tanveer, Sharad Vesawkar
All-Rounders – Karan KC, Tamoor Sajjad (VC)
Bowlers – Sandeep Lamichhane, Basant Regmi, Iqbal Hussain, Mohammed Nadeem
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Mohammed Rizlan
Batsmen – Rohit Kumar Paudel, Sharad Vesawkar, Faisal Javid Khan, Mohammad Tanveer
All-Rounders – Karan KC (C), Tamoor Sajjad, Nouman Sarwar (VC)
Bowlers – Sandeep Lamichhane, Abhinash Bohara, Sompal Kami
Nepal’s Gyanendra Malla hasn’t been performing well for a while now. He could be dropped for a youngster given his form and the importance of the tournament. Even if Nepal selects him, it is better to refrain from picking him.
Nepal are expected to register a comfortable win against Qatar in their first game of the tournament.
*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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