By a Staff Reporter
Nepal is set to play its final match of ICC World Cup League-2 tri series ODI of Scotland Tour against the home team Scotland today. The match will begin at 3:45 PM NST at Titwood Cricket Ground in Glasgow.
In the last outing against Scotland, Nepal defeated the home side by 5 wickets which was Nepal’s first win over Scotland in its cricketing history. Scotland were all out for 144 runs after Sompal Kami and Adil Ansari took three wickets each. Asif Sheikh contributed 71 runs to seize the match.
Meanwhile, Nepal lost both the matches against Namibia by 40 and 63 runs respectively due to inadequate batting. In the second match against Namibia, Nepal were all out for 136 runs while chasing the target of 200 runs. In order to conclude the tour with a victory, all batters must demonstrate responsibility to the fullest today. Main batsmen of the team Dipendra Singh Aire, Rohit Paudel, Dev Khanal, Asif Sheikh and Kushal Bhurtel should play a big innings. Irresponsible batting has become a major concern of the team lately.
Nepal may not field Pawan Saraf and Basir Ahmed today. Karan KC, who was dropped previously may start today and Kishore Mahato could get a chance. Fast bowler Kishore can be a game changer. Fast bowler Sompal, Karan, Adil and Arif also have to bat well in the lower order.
Skipper Sandeep Lamichhane’s performance will be crucial for the visiting team. Scotland are playing after a three-day break whereas Nepal is playing the match in a row after losing to Namibia the previous day. Nepal is expected to be under extra pressure as they batted disastrously against Namibia. Unlike the first outing, Nepal will struggle to beat Scotland in its home soil.
Scotland is considered as one of the strongest teams in World Cup League-2. There is depth in its batting and the team consists of an abundance of experienced batsmen. Kyle Coetzer, Matthew Cross, Callum MacLeod, captain Richie Berrington and George Munsey are the dominant batsmen of the team. If one among these batters performs at the crease, Scotland can make a huge total of runs. Chris Greaves and Michael Leask are also match winning batsmen in the lower order.
Spinner Mark Watt, fast bowler Shafyaan Sharif and Gavin Main also bats well. Gavin even had scored a half-century against Nepal when Scotland needed runs the most. Sharif and Gavin are the prime bowlers. Mark Watt and Hamza Tahir will be the spinners.
Sandip Lamichhane (Captain), Rohit Paudel (Vice-Captain), Asif Sheikh (Wicket Keeper), Kushal Bhurtel, Dev Khanal, Dipendra Singh Aire, Aarif Sheikh, Karan KC, Sompal Kami, Adil Ansari, Basir Ahamed, Kishore Mahato, Pawan Sharaf and Binod Bhandari (Wicket Keeper).
Nepal’s fixture for Scotland Tour:
July 17 – Nepal VS Scotland