The 5th match of the Singapore T20I Tri-Series 2019 will be played between Singapore and Nepal at the Indian Association Ground in Singapore.
The match starts at 7:30 PM local time (5:00 PM IST) (11:30 AM GMT).
This game will be available on Fan code in India and will be live on the Wec Sports’ Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Nepal is now in a do-or-die situation to top the points table of the Singapore T20I Tri-series. A huge 40-run defeat against Zimbabwe on Tuesday has dented their chances as it also brought their NRR down. Zimbabwe, who suffered a close loss against Singapore, bounced back strongly over Nepal. Skipper Sean Williams’ second straight fifty helped his team to finish on 160/6.
Williams later opened the bowling and took three crucial wickets including both the opener. Eventually, Nepal could only post 120/9 in their 20 overs as only two players crossed 20 in their innings. Nepal will now face the hosts on Wednesday whom they defeated comfortably last week. If Nepal losses this game, Zimbabwe and Singapore will clash off on Thursday to decide the table-topper.
A bit of cloud covering is expected here and there on Wednesday at the Indian Association ground. The weather is better during the match duration and we might have at least a reduced match.
Targets up to 170 can be chased down at this venue but 160 was enough for Zimbabwe of Tuesday. Lack of batting depth in Nepal’s line-up and spinners doing a good job for Zimbabwe made the target defendable.
Average first innings score: 152 (unaffected T20I matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 6, Lost – 5
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Rohan Rangarajan, Surendran Chandramohan, Timothy David, Manpreet Singh (WK), Navin Param, Janak Prakash, Aahan Gopinath Achar, Anantha Krishna, Amjad Mahboob (C), Vinoth Baskaran, Selladore Vijayakumar.
Bench: Arjun Mutreja, Aryaman Sunil, Utsav Rakshit, Sidhant Singh, Avi Dixit, Aritra Dutta, Rezza Gaznavi.
Paras Khadka, Pawan Sarraf, Dipendra Singh Airee, Md.Arif Sheikh, Sundeep Jora, Rohit Paudel, Binod Bhandari (WK), Karan Kc, Sompal Kami, Sandeep Lamicchanne, Abinash Bohara.
Bench: Sushan Bhari, Kushal Malla, Lalit Rajbanshi, Ishan Pandey.
Timothy David cross 35 in each of the previous eight matches for Singapore out of which six were fifties. Sompal Kami took two wickets in the previous game and scored some quick runs down the order during the first match. Abinash Bohara took only one wicket in three games but has bowled some crucial spells with the ball. Amjad Mahboob made an impact in the first game of the tournament taking two wickets against Zimbabwe.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Paras Khadka, Timothy David, Surendran Chandramohan, Janak Prakash
Vice-Captain Options: Sandeep Lamichhane, Sompal Kami, Amjad Mahboob, Dipendra Singh Airee
Timothy David will be a safe option as captain or vice-captain given his recent success with the bat.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Manpreet Singh
Batsmen – Paras Khadka, Dipendra Singh Airee, Surendran Chandramohan, Timothy David (C)
All-Rounders – Md.Arif Sheikh, Janak Prakash, Sompal Kami (VC)
Bowlers – Sandeep Lamichhane, Amjad Mahboob, Aahan Gopinath Achar
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Manpreet Singh
Batsmen – Paras Khadka (C), Surendran Chandramohan, Timothy David (VC)
All-Rounders – Rohan Rangarajan, Janak Prakash, Sompal Kami, Pawan Sarraf
Bowlers – Karan KC, Abhinash Bohara, Amjad Mahboob
Nepal might not major changes to their playing XI after the loss against Zimbabwe. Their match against Singapore will be crucial for them to finish as table-toppers.
Singapore is expected to register their 2nd straight win of the tournament.
*Disclaimer: These picks were made 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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