Oman recently beat the Netherlands in a comprehensive manner which makes it three wins out of three for the hosts.
Oman will be keen on carrying on the winning momentum as they face a Nepal side which has won two and lost one in three games so far.
Date- Thursday, October 10
Time- 3:30 PM (IST)
Venue-Al Amerat Cricket Ground, Oman
Oman Team News
Khawar Ali and Aqib Ilyas are the probable candidates to continue opening the innings for their side. Ilyas impressed with the bat after scoring a solid knock of 44 from 41 versus the Netherlands.
Amir Kaleem could come in at three, while wicket-keeper batsman, Suraj Kumar has been coming in at number four.
Mohammad Nadeem, Khurram Nawaz, and Naseem Khushi could fill in the middle order.
Oman’s skipper, Zeeshan Maqsood, led by example with the ball in the last game and picked four wickets while conceding seven runs in three overs.
Khawar Ali provided added support and got four wickets as well. Fyyaz Butt, Aamir Kaleem, Bilal Khan and Mohammad Nadeem are additional bowling options.
Nepal Team News
Post Nepal’s win to Hong Kong and the Netherlands, they had to endure a defeat in their most recent game against Ireland.
Nepal might not go for many changes and could persist with the same eleven against Oman.
Ishan Pandey and the captain, Paras Khadka should be opening the innings for their side.
Aarif Sheikh fills in at number three, while Dipendra Airee, Bhandari, and Jora occupy the middle order.
Sompal Kami and Karan KC could be used for late hitting in the final few overs.
Sompal Kami and Karan KC are also two prominent fast bowling options for Nepal. Abhinash Bohara with his medium pace can chip in as well.
However, Rajbanshi and Sandeep Lamichhane should be the two frontline spinners who will have the onus of taking crucial wickets.
OMN vs NEP Probable Playing Eleven
Oman- K Ali, A Ilyas, A Kaleem, S Kumar (Wk), M Nadeem, K Nawaz, N Khushi, M Khan, B Khan, F Butt, Z Maqsood (C)
Nepal- I Pandey, P Khadka (C), Aarif Sheikh, D Airee, B Bhandari, S Jora, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, S Lamichhane, L Rajbanshi, A Bohara
Aaqib Ilyas and Khurram Nawaz can prove to be valuable assets for Oman with the bat. Ilyas and Nawaz both average close to 30 in the last 10 games with a strike rate of 127.
For Nepal. Paras Khadka and Binod Bhandari have been in good form for Nepal with the bat. Khadka has scored 274 runs in the last right T20I games with an average of close to 40 and strike rate of 139.
Meanwhile, Bhandari has scored 151 runs in his last nine T20I games with an average of 37 and a strike rate of 112.69
Khawar Ali seems to be a wicket-taking candidate for Oman. Khawar Ali has scalped 12 wickets in his last nine T20I games.
Sandeep Lamichhane and Karan on the other end remain the top pick for Nepal with the ball.
Captain options- S Lamichhane (NEP) | Khurram Nawaz (OMN)
Vice-captain options- Karan KC(NEP) | Khawar Ali (OMN)
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Wicket Keeper- B Bhandari
Batsmen- P Khadka, K N Khan, Mehran-Khan
All-rounders- K Karan, Z Maqsood, Khawar-Ali
Bowlers- Bilal-Khan, M Nadeem, A Bohra, S Lamichhane