Nepal and Zimbabwe face off in the first game of the T20I Tri-Series, which also includes host nation, Singapore. Each country will face other twice with the tournament commencing on September 27th and will conclude on October 3rd. Both sides will look to make a strong start to this tour and make a positive impression on their first outing. Sandeep Lamichhane is the main player to watch out from Nepal whereas it remains to be seen how Sean Willliams reacts to the responsibility of captaincy as well.
27th September 2019
5:00 PM IST
Indian Association Ground, Singapore
Partly Cloudy conditions with fair chances of rain and temperature ranging around 28 degree Celsius expected during the game.
Due to the overcast conditions, the new ball will play a few tricks that should make life difficult for the batters in the opening stages. Batting will get easier as the game progresses with dew playing a big part. Thus chasing would be preferred on this surface.
No major injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
Sundeep Jora became the youngest player ever to score a T20I fifty earlier this year and the onus will lie on him to make a decisive contribution in the batting department. Abinash Bohara has a fantastic record in this format and will lead the pace battery.
Paras Khadka, Pawan Sarraf, Dipendra Singh Airee, Md.Arif Sheikh, Sundeep Jora, Rohit Paudel, Binod Bhandari (WK), Karan Kc, Sompal Kami, Sandeep Lamicchanne, Abinash Bohara
Sean Williams will be leading the side after Hamilton Masakadza ended his career in style by bringing an end to Afghanistan’s unbeaten streak in T20Is since 2018. Brian Chari will be vital at the top whilst Tendai Chatara could make an impact with the bowl in hand. Peter Moor as well as Sean Williams are dependable customers in the middle and can anchor the innings.
Brian Chari, Regis Chakabva, Craig Ervine, Peter Moor, Sean Williams (C), Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Richmond Mutumbami, Wellington Masakadza, Neville Madziva, Tendai Chatara, Daniel Jakiel
Despite his poor displays in the Bangladesh tour, Craig Ervine is a must-pick as the southpaw is capable of accumulating runs at a brisk rate. In seaming conditions, Abhinash Bohara will be expected to bag a couple of wickets while Sean Williams too would be an excellent addition as added leadership responsibilities could bring the best out of his game. Sandeep Lamichhane is a must-have as well.
1: Craig Ervine
2: Abhinash Bohara
3: Sean Williams
P Moor, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
B Chari, Points: 46-48, Grade: A
C Ervine, Points: 62-64, Grade: A
P Khadka, Points: 38-40, Grade: A
S Jora, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
S Williams, Points: 56-58, Grade: A
S Kami, Points: 38-40, Grade: A
A Bohara, Points: 58-60, Grade: A
S Lamichhane, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
T Chatara, Points: 48-50, Grade: A
W Masakadza, Points: 38-40, Grade: A
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