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PNG’s tough challenge against confident Nepal
Nepal to win
Tournament: Nepal vs Papua New Guinea in Oman 2021 | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: Al Amerat Cricket Ground, Al Amerat, Oman | Toss: To BatBet Now
Nepal and Papua New Guinea have fared poorly in the ICC Cricket World Cup League Two 2019-22 and the two sides are occupying the bottom two places in the points table. It would be a welcome break for the two sides as they play the 2-match ODI series. Both the sides would like to use this as an opportunity to gain form ahead of tougher games.
Nepal is a much more experienced side than PNG and have players who have played against some of the bigger sides and gained confidence. They would like to make good use of this experience here. As far as the Papua New Guinea a win here would help them break their eight game losing streak.
Gyanendra Malla’s side hasn’t fared too well in the ICC Cricket World Cup League Two 2019-22 and as the side now plays Papua New Guinea in this two-match series he would like his side to use this opportunity to improve their form. His opponents have been in poor form in the recent games and Malla would like to exploit it and gain form ahead of tough games they face in the coming months.
The side would be expecting a good start in this game from Gyanendra Malla and Sharad Vesawkar in this game. They need to steady the innings at the top and create the platform for the likes of Dipendra Singh Airee, Binod Bhandari and Aarif Sheikh in the middle order. Down the order the side has good hitters in Kushal Malla and Karan KC and they will have to take on the inexperienced attack that PNG have.
Karan KC and Sandeep Lamichhane form a good new ball pair and the side would like to see a good show from them in this game. Sushan Bhari has already impressed in the last couple of years and good spells would be expected from him in this game. Kushal Malla and Sompal Kami add good strength to this attack.
Gyanendra Malla (c), Binod Bhandari (wk), Sompal Kami, Dipendra Singh Airee, Aarif Sheikh, Pawan Sarraf, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sharad Vesawkar, Sushan Bhari, Kushal Malla
Assad Vala has a tough challenge on his side. They have lost the last eight ODIs they have played apart from the six losses in the ICC Cricket World Cup League Two 2019-22. The side needs to regain its confidence and a win against Nepal would bring the side back to life. Vala would like to get the best out of his players in this game.
Tony Ura and Charles Amini would be expected to provide the side with a great start in this game. They would be up against a strong bowling attack and need to do well. In the middle order the side has good strength with the experience of Vala, Lega Siaka and Kiplin Doriga. Runs would also be expected from the bat of Norman Vanua and Simon Atai.
On the bowling front the side would need a good show from Nosaina Pokana and Norman Vanua with the new ball in this game. Vala has lots of experience and he needs to put this to good use in this game. The side would also like to see tight spells in this game from the likes of Damien Ravu and Lega Siaka.
Assad Vala (c), Tony Ura, Charles Amini, Lega Siaka, Sese Bau, Norman Vanua, Simon Atai, Damien Ravu, Nosaina Pokana, Gaudi Toka, Kiplin Doriga (wk)
It will be clear skies over Al Amerat on September 5 and the weather is expected to be hot. We expect to see a flat surface during the game and lots of runs would be expected. The side that bats first in this game would have to target a score in excess of 280 runs to feel comfortable here.
Al Amerat Cricket Ground, Al Amerat has always been a batting friendly surface. The wicket is flat, and the outfield is very fast here. There is nothing on this surface for the fast bowlers and they have struggled here in the past. Spinners tend to do well as the wicket does offer good turn.
The conditions here would be good for batting early in the morning as there isn’t expected to be much of assistance for the bowlers and the wicket is likely to take turn as the game progresses. The side winning the toss here shouldn’t have any hesitation in batting first.
Papua New Guinea’s performance in this format of the game has been poor. They have hardly won anything since their debut in One Day International few years ago. Most of their players lack the temperament to do well in this format. Nepal on the other hand has a very strong bowling attack and good experience in the batting department and this would put them ahead of PNG in this game.
Nepal to win
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