Nepal and Kuwait will face off in a virtual knockout fixture in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Region Final for becoming the 2nd team to qualify for the T20 World Cup Qualifiers. The hosts Singapore sealed their berth having bagged five points from the three matches they played. Nepal has two in their kitty with one win and a defeat while Kuwait has three points from three matches as their game against Singapore got washed out.
Kuwait were not in the race until they defeated Qatar by 10 runs in a high-scoring game on Friday. A win over Nepal on Saturday will put an end to all permutations and combinations. Nepal, on the other hand, got stunned by Qatar in first match but bounced back against Malaysia. Nepal will have one leg into the Qualifiers if they win this. They would need to keep an eye on the NRR if they can’t beat Singapore later on Sunday.
The 8th match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Region Final 2019 will be played between Kuwait 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 streamed live on Singapore cricket Facebook page.
Last five completed T20I matches:
Kuwait: W, L, L, T (L), W.
Nepal: W, L, W, W, W.
All the high-scoring games in the tournament have been played in the morning. Twice the teams batting first posted 180+ out of three matches where rain didn’t have a say. However, the pitch for this match could have already hosted two matches. The batting first team would be happy with even 150 in such a case.
Average first innings score: 152 (unaffected T20I matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3
Probable Playing XIs:
Ravija Sandaruwan, Sankar Varathappan, Adnan Idrees, Muhammad Kashif (C), Usman Waheed (WK), Shiraz Khan, Bilal Tahir, Mohammed Aslam, Mohammad Ahsan, Jandu Hamoud, Ilyas Ahmed.
Bench: Morshed Mostafa Sarwar, Meet Bhavsar, Naveed Fakhr, Nawaf Ahmed.
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:
Paras Khadka might return to Nepal’s XI.
Sandeep Lamichhane in July 2019:
8 wickets from 4 T20Is at an average of 14.13 and a strike rate of 10.5.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Muhammad Kashif, Paras Khadka, Ravija Sandaruwan, Sandeep Lamichhane
Vice-Captain Options: Karan KC, Usman Waheed, Gyanendra Malla, Ilyas Ahmed
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Binod Bhandari
Batsmen – Gyanendra Malla (VC), Paras Khadka, Adnan Idrees, Ravija Sandaruwan
All-Rounders – Sompal Kami, Muhammad Kashif (C)
Bowlers – Shiraz Khan, Jandu Hamoud, Basant Regmi, Sandeep Lamichhane
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Usman Waheed
Batsmen – Adnan Idrees, Ravija Sandaruwan, Sharad Vesawkar, Paras Khadka (C)
All-Rounders – Muhammad Kashif, Karan KC, Dipendra Singh Airee
Bowlers – Sandeep Lamichhane (VC), Ilyas Ahmed, Abhinash Bohara
Nepal skipper Paras Khadka didn’t take the field after batting in the game against Qatar. Nepal faced Malaysia on the very next day where Gyanendra Malla donned the captain’s hat. With three days gap since he suffered back pain, Khadka can be expected to take the field in his country’s all-important fixture.
Nepal is expected to register a comfortable win over Kuwait and knock them out.
*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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