Inexperienced Hong Kong face-off against an impressive Nepal team!
Nepal will win the match!
Oman T20I series is a historic series taking place between five associate nations Oman, Nepal, Ireland, Netherland, and Hong Kong. Nepal is coming off some impressive T20I series wins against UAE & Malaysia recently. They missed out on qualifying for the 2020 T20I world Cup. Nepal will look to continue its impressive performances and gain an upper hand in qualification for the 2021 T20I world Cup. Hong Kong lost their opening match against Oman by 7 wickets. They have qualified the 2020 T20I World Cup next year and they will look to build some momentum going into the qualifiers. Both teams will look to win this match and dominate the other one going forward in this series.
Nepal team has been playing a lot of T20I matches in the year 2019 and they have won 7 out of 12 matches played this year. Their batting unit will rely heavily on their skipper Paras Khadka. Aarif Sheikh, Ishwar Pandey, and DS Airee to do the bulk of the scoring. They have good experience in the bowling unit with Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichchame, and Sompal Kami. Abhinash Bohara and Paras Khadka will look to continue their support to the bowling attack. Their bowling failed to take enough wickets against Zimbabwe in the last 2 matches and they succumbed to losses in both the matches respectively. Nepal will look to play well and improve their T20I record after two dismal series in Singapore (ICC T20 qualifiers & Tri-series).
Paras Khadka – Skipper Paras became the first batsmen in the Nepal team to score a century in T20Is recently against Singapore. He will look to continue his impressive form with the bat in this series too. Sandeep Lamichchame – He is the most talked player in the Nepal team with his T20 stints in various leagues. He will bring his experience of playing against the big players in this series and look to trouble the batsmen consistently with wickets.
Paras Khadka (c), Binod Bhandari (wk), Sompal Kami, Aarif Sheikh, KC Karan, Dipendra Singh Airee, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sushan Bhari, Pawan Sarraf, Abinash Bohara, Kushal Malla
Lalit Rajbanshi, Dipendra Singh Airee, Abinash Bohara, Karan KC, Pawan Sarraf, B Bhandari, Sompal Kami, Rohit Kumar Paudel, Paras Khadka, Aarif Sheikh, Sandeep Lamichhane
Hong Kong lost its match against Oman by 7 wickets and it was their first match in the last 2 years. They played in a T20I match before that in the year 2017 and played no matches in 2018 & 2019. Openers Ahsan Abbasi and Nizakat Khan started the match with a good little partnership of 30 runs. Then wickets started to crumble and they finished with just 96 runs in their 20 overs. Haroon Arshad was the top scorer with 19 runs. Their bowling unit was not able to defend this meager total and the chase ended inside 14 overs. Nasrulla Rana and Kyle Christie took a wicket each but it was not enough to cause any trouble. Their bowlers will expect their batting unit to put some much more impressive performance with the bat and end up with a good total on board in this match.
Nizakat Khan – Khan is the most experienced player in the Hong Kong team with experience of playing 24 matches. He got a start in the last match but failed to convert them into a big score.
Kyle Christie – Christie had a memorable debut with a wicket on his first ball in the international cricket. He will look to take more wickets in this match and trouble the batsmen consistently.
Ahsan Abbasi, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah (c), Haroon Arshad, Ehsan Khan, Shahid Wasif, Kyle Christie, Nasrulla Rana, Aarush Bhagwat, Scott McKechnie (wk), Waqas Barkat
Raag Kapur, Ahsan Abassi, Kinchit Shah, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Nasrulla Rana, Kyle Christie, Aarush Bhagwat, W Barkat, Shahid Wasif, Nizakat Khan, Ehsan Khan
Oman is known have a hot and humid climate and we can expect the same on the match day.
The average first innings score here is 140 runs. The pitch looks dry and run scoring will be difficult here as the ball will come slow to the bat. Any score above 160 will be tough to chase here.
Chasing teams have won 6 out of the 7 matches played here as the pitch ease out as the match progresses. Both captains will look to chase down the target with ease.
Nepal has been playing T20I matches consistently for the last 2 years and has won matches against Malaysia, UAE, & Singapore this year. Hong Kong has a very inexperienced side with 4-5 matches making their debut in the last match.
Nepal will win the match!