clouds gather around Belfast, Nepal are preparing for their first ever
clash against Ireland in their third Group ‘A’ match of the ICC World
Twenty20 Qualifiers on Monday.
The match at the Civil Service Cricket
Club in Sormont is going to be the first ever encounter between the two
sides in any format of the game. Defending champions Ireland currently
lead Group ‘A’ table and will always go into the game as hot favorites.
Belfast has seen heavy rain on Saturday where
the match against Nepal and Namibia was washed out and more rain is
predicted for Monday with
huge deluge. Doubts will remain that it will see a full 20-over game provided
clouds don’t clear out.
Associate in 50 over game who boast a victory against the West Indies in
the 2015 World Cup in Australia, have long list of success and the
two-time champions of the World Twenty20 Qualifiers. They have been
convincing in the tournament so far defeating Namibia by seven wickets on Friday and
USA by 46 runs on Sunday.
Nepal, as a team, hold the reputation
carried from their impressive display in the ICC World Twenty20 but go
into the match with a run of poor result — losing two tough matches
with English county sides and a 3-1 loss against the Netherlands just
ahead of the Qualifiers.
Nepal opened the tournament with an
unconvining six-wicket victory against USA where it to them 19.4 overs
to chase down a lowly 122 and had their match against Namibia washed out
after 7.4 overs were bowled. Nepal stay at the second spot in Group ‘A’
with three points from
Guinea who defeated Jersey by 24 runs are second with victory in their
first game, while Jersey are third with two points after their stunning
nine-wicket victory over Hong Kong in the tournament opener.
will be an opportunity for Nepal to see where they stand and how their
batsmen fare against an average Irish bowling attack and the bowlers
handle a an aggressive set of batsmen. The bright spot for Nepal is how
Ireland batsmen struggled against USA bowling in their 46-run win that
was actually set up by bowlers.
Nepal will have a big Ireland batting
line up to contain from No. 1 Niall O’Brien to No. 9 George Dockrell, a
sharp spinner for the Irish side, who can also play big shots. Nepal’s
biggest asset will be the spin attack of Shakti Gauchan and Basanta Regmi
and expect Sompal Kami to deliver a four-over spell of his life.
batsman are not coming with their best Nepal would require at least
their three leading batsmen Gyanendra Malla, skipper Paras Khadka and
Sharad Vesawkar to play big innings. The elusive big start from the
openers will be a big asset for the Nepali team.