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Nepal play Singapore in must win tie

Nepal are taking on Singapore in their final league stage match of the Journey To World Cup at the Tribuvan University Stadium on Friday where a winner will be guaranteed a spot in Saturday’s final.

 

With all four participating teams tied on two points each after two round of matches, a win for each team will be about securing a spot in the title showdown. In another match at the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds, Air India will meet Delhi Wanderers ground.

 

Nepal played their first mach against Air India resting six regular from their ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers squad and won it by five wickets. After resting seven regulars in the match against Delhi Wanderers, Nepal went to lose on that match by 24 runs. 

 

Since coach Pubudu Dassanayake has been taking the tournament as a preparation event for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, he will be looking forward to test more players. As Nepal’s final place is at stake, Dassanyake will be expected to go with a strong batting line-up and try out something new in the bowling department.

 

“We will go with the batting order from World Twenty20 Qualifiers and make some changes in the bowling department,” Dassanayake told cricketingnepal.com.

 

While Som Pal Kami — probably looked as the national team candidate for the New Zealand Qualifiers — has impressed everyone by picking up seven wickets in two matches with his pace and bounce, could once again be Dassanayake’s primary pick-up.

 

Amrit Bhattarai was injured during Nepal’s match against Delhi Wanderers and Jitendra Mukhiya could be in along with Avinash Karn. Dassanayake has all the chances of having frontline spinners Shakti Gauchan and Basanta Regmi, he could surprisingly land veteran leg spinner Raj Kumar Pradhan. 

 

After winning the match against Air India on December 2, Dassanayake said he wanted to test Raj Kumar as he wanted variation in the bowling department heading into the New Zealand Qualifiers. 

 

On the other hand, Singapore might have been crushed by Air India in Pulchowk, they bounced back defeating Delhi Wanderers by one wicket in tournament’s highest run chase of 294 on Wednesday. Singapore will once again pin their hopes on the form of Arjun Mutreja along with some sensible batting from skipper Saad Khan Januza.

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