Nepal’s chance to stamp authority
Our Prediction is Nepal to win!
Nepal will be looking get off to winning start when they take on Qatar in the 3rd game of ICC T20 World Cup Asian Regional Finals Qualifier in Singapore on Tuesday. Captain Paras Khadka will be hoping that the side can deliver a decent show with the bat and ball in this game.
On the other hand, Qatar suffered a 33-run defeat against Singapore in the opening game played on Monday at Indian Association Ground in Singapore. Captain Taimoor Sajjad will be hoping that side can learn from the mistakes and put on an improved show with bat and ball against Nepal.
Paras Khadka-led unit will be looking to produce their best cricket with the bat and ball in this opening fixture. The side will need to guard against complacency and deliver a clinical performance in this contest.
In the batting department, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Binod Bhandari, Sharad Vesawkar, and Dipendra Singh Airee to produce the bulk of the runs. The batting trio will need to deliver runs for the side in this opening game of the competition.
Captain Paras Khadka, wicket-keeper Prakash Airee and Anil Sah have contributed with crucial scores for the side in the previous competition. The team management will be hoping that they can come good with the bat in this all-important game. Aarif Sheikh, Karan KC and Basanta Regmi are more than capable players that can produce crucial scores for the side in this game.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the like of Sandeep Lamichhane and Lalit Rajbanshi to deliver crucial breakthroughs with the new-ball. Premier Leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane topped the bowling charts for Nepal in the previous tournament. He picked up 24 wickets in 6 matches. Nepal will be hoping that Lamichhane can continue his rich vein of form with the ball in this competition. Lalit Bhandari, Karan KC and Basanta Regmi are other bowling options for Nepal for this game.
Paras Khadka (captain), Anil Sah, Binod Bhandari, G Malla, Sharad Vesawkar, Sompal Kami, Aarif Sheikh, Dipendra Singh Airee, Karan KC, Lalit Rajbanshi and Sandeep Lamichhane.
The side suffered defeat in their opening game of competition played against Singapore on Monday. Taimoor Sajjad-led unit will be looking to make a strong comeback against a formidable unit like Nepal.
For Qatar, the side will be relying on the likes of Faisal Javed Khan, Taimoor Sajjad and Muhammad Tanveer to produce the bulk of the runs with the bat. Faisal Javed produced quick-fire innings of 29 runs off 14 balls to help Qatar get off to a flying start. He failed to capitalize on his perfect start and departed in the fifth over of the innings. He will be looking to continue his good form with the bat in this game.
Taimoor Sajjad also produced decent innings and scored 34 runs off 29 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. He was well supported by Muhammad Tanveer, who chipped in with 26 off 14 balls with the help of three sixes. Nouman Sarwar and Kamran Khan perished for single-digit scores in the previous game played against Singapore.
Wicket-keeper Muhammad Rizlan also produced valiant innings for the side in the previous game. He scored run-a-ball 33 with the help of three fours and a six. He will be looking to continue his decent form with the bat in this game.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Taimoor Sajjad, Nouman Sarwar, and Iqbal Hussain to provide crucial breakthroughs with the ball in hand. Medium-pacer Iqbal Hussain was the pick of the bowlers in the previous game against Singapore and picked up four wickets in his four-over spell. Nouman Sarwar also picked up two wickets against Singapore.
Taimoor Sajjad (captain), Mohammad Tanveer, Faisal Javed Khan, Kamran Khan, Nouman Sarwar, Inam-ul-Haq, Awais Malik, Iqbal Hussain, Mohammad Rizlan, Mohammad Nadeem, Zaheer Ibrahim.
The wicket prepared for the game will be excellent for batting. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Tuesday is going to light showers with a gentle breeze.
The Indian Association Ground in Singapore is going to host its third game between Qatar and Nepal. The previous two matches at the venue have been won by sides batting first.
Both the teams will be looking to win the toss and put runs on the board. It won’t be easy for any side to chase a score over 150 runs on this surface.
Nepal is a very strong side and many of their players have honed their skills playing in different T20 leagues around the world. The Qatari team has done well and their game has improved in the last couple of years as their players have gained experience playing in different conditions. Nepal though is in a different league and we expect them to start as favorites in this game.