Our prediction is Nepal to win the match!
Kuwait will be looking to continue their winning momentum when they take on Nepal in the 8th game of ICC T20 World Cup Asian Regional Finals Qualifier in Singapore on Saturday.
Muhammad Kashif-led unit produced a clinical performance with the bat and ball to beat Qatar by 10 runs in their previous game played at Indian Association Ground. The side will need to guard against complacency and deliver the goods in this must-win game.
On the other hand, Nepal managed to register a comprehensive win over Malaysia, courtesy splendid performances from Sompal Kami, B Regmi and Gyanendra Malla. Captain Gyanendra Malla will be hoping that the side can maintain their standards with the bat and ball against Kuwait.
The side made a strong comeback with the bat in the previous game played against Qatar. Captain Muhammad Kashif will be hoping that side can maintain their focus and do well in this game.
Ravija Sandaruwan and Meet Bhavsar got the side off to a perfect start in the previous game against Qatar. Sandaruwan scored a brisk 13-ball 26 runs with the help of four fours and a six. He will be looking to continue his good form with the bat in this game.
The inclusion of Meet Bhavsar proved to be a masterstroke as he produced a crucial 35 runs off 30 balls with the help of four boundaries. He put on a 70-run partnership with Adnan Idrees to see Kuwait placed in a great position to post a big total on the board.
For Kuwait, Adnan Idrees was the standout performer in the batting department. He scored quick-fire 56 runs off 32 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes. Idrees will be keen to continue his good form with the bat in this game.
Captain Muhammad Kashif once again chipped in with another crucial score against Qatar. He went berserk at the back end of the innings and produced a brisk 20-ball 43 with the help of five sixes. He was well supported by wicket-keeper batsman Usman Waheed, who scored an unbeaten 28 off 18 balls with the help of three fours and a six. The duo added 66 runs in a space of six overs to see Kuwait register a mammoth score of 197 runs from their 20 overs.
In the bowling department, Mohammed Aslam was the most economical bowler on display for Kuwait in the previous game. He picked one wicket and conceded just 13 runs from his four overs. Jandu Hamoud and Shiraz Khan also picked up two wickets apiece in the previous game played against Qatar.
Ravija Sandaruwan, Muhammad Kashif (captain), Adnan Idrees, Shiraz Khan, Usman Waheed, Mohammad Ahsan, Mohammed Aslam, Bilal Tahir, Ilyas Ahmed, Jandu Hamoud, Meet Bhavsar. Nepal
The side will need to remain two games in order to qualify for 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier that will be held in the UAE in November. Nepal is currently sitting in the bottom half of the table with 2 points in 2 matches played in the competition. Nepal delivered a pitch-perfect performance to beat Malaysia by 7 wickets in a rain-curtailed game. The bowlers put in an excellent effort to restrict Malaysia to just 83 runs in nine overs.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Gyanendra Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee and Paras Khadka to produce the bulk of the runs in this must-win game. Stand-in captain Gyanendra Malla led from the front in the chase and produced a crucial half-century to help Nepal register their first win of the competition.
For Nepal, Gyanendra Malla smashed a quick-fire 51 off 21 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes. PS Airee and wicket-keeper Binod Bhandari also chipped in with cameos to see Nepal complete the chase in the eighth over of the innings.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Sompal Kami, Sandeep Lamichhane and Karan KC to provide breakthroughs with the new ball. Basanta Regmi also bowled well in the previous and finished with figures of 2 for 9 from his one over. Kami was chief destroyer with the ball for Nepal as he picked up three wickets in the previous game played against Malaysia.
Paras Khadka (captain), Binod Bhandari, G Malla, Sharad Vesawkar, Sompal Kami, A Bohara, B Regmi, Dipendra Singh Airee, Karan KC, RK Paudel and Sandeep Lamichhane.
The wicket prepared for the game will be excellent for batting. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Saturday is going to be sunny intervals with a gentle breeze.
Indian Association Ground in Singapore is going to host the eighth game between Kuwait and Nepal. Both the teams have managed to win their games at this venue. It will be interesting to see how thing turns out in this contest.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and put runs on the board. Majority of the games played so far in the competition have been won by sides batting first.
Based on current form, Kuwait will be favorites to win their game against Nepal. The likes of Muhammad Kashif, Adnan Idrees and Meet Bhavsar delivered the goods with the bat in the previous game.
On the other hand, Nepal will bat exceedingly well in order to overcome Kuwait in this must-win game. Expect Kuwait to beat Nepal in this contest.