Ireland and Nepal fight it out for a top spot in the Pentangular T20I series!
Expect Ireland to clinch top spot in the league table!
Ireland and Nepal will lock horns in the 7th game of the Pentangular T20I series at Al-Amerat Cricket Ground in Oman on Wednesday.
Captain Gary Wilson will be pleased with his side’s clinical performances in this competition. He will be hoping that Ireland can continue their winning streak in this contest. In their previous game, Ireland comfortably brushed aside Hong Kong to climb to the second position in the points table. On the other hand, Nepal has managed to win two games on the trot in the competition. Captain Paras Khadka will be hoping that the side can maintain their standards with bat and ball in this contest.
Gary Wilson-led unit will be high on confidence after registering an impressive 66-run win against Hong Kong in their previous game played on Monday, courtesy Kevin O’Brien blazing 124 runs. The team will be depending on the likes of Kevin O’Brien (186 runs at an average of 62.00) and Paul Stirling (63 runs at an average of 21.00) to produce the goods from the top, whereas Harry Tector (64 runs at an average of 64.00) will be expected to provide fireworks in the last five overs of the innings.
Kevin O’Brien was the standout performer for the side in the previous game played against Hong Kong. He produced a scintillating ton to help Ireland post a mammoth score on the board. He finished the innings with the top-score of 124 runs off 62 balls with the help of 12 fours and 7 sixes. O’Brien put on an 80-run partnership with Paul Stirling to see Ireland get off to an excellent start.
Middle-order comprising of Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector and Gareth Delaney has contributed with crucial runs for the side in the first two games played in the Pentangular T20I series. The batting trio will deliver runs in this game if Ireland wants to maintain its winning streak in the tournament. In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Mark Adair, Boyd Rankin, and Stuart Thompson to provide crucial breakthroughs in this contest. Mark Adair has topped the bowling charts for the side so far in the competition with 5 wickets to his name. Gareth Delaney and Simi Singh are other bowling options for the side for this game.
Gary Wilson (captain), Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Stuart Thompson, Boyd Rankin
Kevin O'Brien, Mark Richard Adair, Simi Singh, SR Thompson, WB Rankin, Paul Stirling, George Dockrell, GC Wilson, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Andy Balbirnie
For Nepal, the match against Ireland will be an excellent opportunity to claim the top spot in the league table. The side has got off to a perfect start in this competition with two wins on the trot. Captain Paras Khadka will be hoping that Nepal can produce their best cricket against Ireland.
In the batting department, the focus will be on the likes of wicket-keeper batsman Binod Bhandari (84 runs at an average of 84.00), Captain Paras Khadka (33 runs at an average of 16.50) and Aarif Sheikh (23 runs at an average of 11.50). In the previous game, Captain Paras Khadka led from the front and produced a decent score against the Netherlands. He scored 33 runs off 41 balls with the help of one four and one six. Khadka will be looking to make a vital contribution with the bat against Ireland. Besides Khadka, wicket-keeper batsman Binod Bhandari once again chipped in with crucial innings for Nepal. He scored 26 off 22 balls with the help of two sixes. KC Karan was the standout player in the previous game for Nepal. He picked up four wickets and conceded just 17 runs in 3.3 overs to see Nepal restrict the Netherlands to just 133 runs.
In reply, Nepal was placed in precarious situation at 93 for 5 after 16.2 overs. KC Karan produced quick-fire innings of 31 runs off 14 balls to steer Nepal to a comfortable win. He smashed three sixes in his innings. However, the real cause of concern for Nepal will be a lack of runs from the likes of Pawan Sarraf, Dipendra Singh Airee and Aarif Sheikh.
The top-order needs to deliver runs for the side in this game. Leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane delivered an excellent performance in the previous game played against Hong Kong. He picked up four wickets and conceded just 20 runs from his four overs. Lalit Rajbanshi, Sompal Kami and Abinash Bohara also bowled well in tandem to restrict Netherlands to a modest total.
Paras Khadka (captain), Pawan Sarraf, Aarif Sheikh, Dipendra Singh Airee, Rohit Paudel, Binod Bhandari (wk), Sompal Kami, KC Karan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lalit Rajbanshi, Abinash Bohara
Lalit Rajbanshi, Sundeep Jora, Dipendra Singh Airee, Abinash Bohara, Karan KC, B Bhandari, Sompal Kami, Paras Khadka, Aarif Sheikh, Ishan Pandey, Sandeep Lamichhane
The pitch at Al-Amerat Cricket Stadium is expected to be excellent for batting. Spinners will definitely get assistance from the surface. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Wednesday is going to be sunny with a gentle breeze.
Al-Amerat Cricket Stadium in Oman is going to host the 7th game of Pentangular T20I series between Ireland and Nepal. In the only T20I game played between the two teams, Ireland registered a comprehensive win. On the other hand, Nepal will take heart from the fact they have won two games at this venue.
The side would be looking to win the toss and bat first on this pitch. Average score at this venue is 150 runs.
After analyzing both teams, Ireland will be firm favorites to win this game against Nepal. Ireland has a much strong batting lineup in comparison to Nepal, who have looked reliant on one or two players to produce the bulk of runs.
Expect Ireland to clinch top spot in the league table!