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Nepal's challenge to level the series after a big loss
United Arab Emirates to win
Tournament: United Arab Emirates tour of Nepal, 2022 | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground, Kirtipur, Nepal | Toss: To BatBet Now
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Nepal would be under pressure going into the 2nd game of the 3-match series against the United Arab Emirates. The hosts lost the first game by 84 runs owing to a poor show with the bat. They have to bounce back in this game to level the series. UAE would be eying a series win in two straight games after a convincing victory.
Nepal's middle order suffered a bad collapse in the last game, with only 9 runs between three batsmen. Their poor form with the bat poses a big challenge as UAE would come hard at them in this game. Most players in Nepal's squad don't play this format regularly. It poses a major issue for them.
Rohit Paudel's side missed the trick in the last game. They surprised everyone by opting to bowl first and could never recover from there. Batsmen have to take more responsibility and build partnerships in this game. The bowling attack shall face a big challenge, given UAE's strength with the bat. Paudel shall look for a spirited fightback from his players to level the series.
Arjun Saud and Aasif Sheikh must deliver a solid start as they would take on a quality bowling attack. The middle order failed in the last game, and the trio of Gyanendra Malla, Paudel, and Harishankar Shah must do well in this contest. The side would also expect runs from Dipendra Singh Airee and Kushal Bhurtel in this contest, as the top order hasn't looked in the best form.
Karan KC and Sompal Kami did well with the new ball and would like to have their names on the wickets column with the new ball. Lalit Rajbanshi and Gulshan Jha bowled well in the last game, and a similar show would be needed from them. Dipendra Singh Airee, Harishankar Shah, and Kushal Bhurtel need to contribute to the cause with the ball here.
Rohit Paudel (c), Gyanendra Malla, Kushal Bhurtel, Dipendra Singh Airee, Aasif Sheikh (wk), Arjun Saud, Gulsan Jha, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Harishankar Shah, Lalit Rajbanshi
Chundangapoyil Rizwan would be happy with the side's big win in the first game. They came in as favorites in this game and played well. However, the UAE skipper would like his batsmen to score at a better strike rate in this game, as some of them struggled to rotate the strike in the previous game.
Muhammad Waseem and Vriitya Aravind provided a solid start in the last game, but Arvind would like to score at a better rate here. Chundangapoyil Rizwan must hold the innings together in the middle order and score runs with Rohan Mustafa and Alishan Sharafu. They draw their strength from the depth in batting, with Basil Hameed, Afzal Khan, and Ahmed Raza to follow.
The bowling attack would feel confident after an excellent show in the last game. Junaid Siddique and Hazrat Bilal bowled tight spells in the last game with the new ball. Aayan Afzal Khan picked 4 wickets, giving away nothing. The side would also expect Rohan Mustafa, Hameed, and Ahmed Raza to trouble Nepal's batsmen in this game.
Chundangapoyil Rizwan (c), Muhammad Waseem, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Basil Hameed, Rohan Mustafa, Hazrat Bilal, Aayan Afzal Khan, Alishan Sharafu, Junaid Siddique, Ahmed Raza, Zahoor Khan
The skies over Kirtipur will be clear on November 16. The wicket shall be two-paced, as was seen in the last game. Batsmen have to play straight to do well here, as the ball would stop on them occasionally. A score of 270 runs shall be a good total on this surface.
Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground, Kirtipur, has a good batting surface where we have seen big scores in the past. Batsmen who play straight and rotate strike have done well. Fast bowlers have struggled on this surface. Spinners do well with the ball stopping on the batters.
The batting conditions looked good at the start of the last game. The conditions deteriorated in the second innings, and the ball stopped on the batsmen. We expect a similar wicket in the next game; hence, the side winning the toss should be happy to bat first.
Nepal has a lot to worry about with the form of its batsmen. They failed to show the temperament required in this format. Their batsmen must occupy the crease for the side to win this game. The United Arab Emirates shall have its tails up. They have good batsmen and a good spin attack suited for these conditions. It will make them favorites to win this game.
United Arab Emirates to win
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