In the second match of Group ‘A’ in the ICC T20 World Cup Asia Qualifiers, Nepal is all set to take on Malaysia. After a convincing victory against Singapore in their opening match, Nepal now aims to secure a spot in the semi-finals when they go up against Malaysia.
The clash between Nepal and Malaysia will kick off at 1:30 PM at the TU International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur.
Meanwhile, in Group ‘A,’ Oman and Singapore are scheduled to face off at 9 AM today. If both Oman and Nepal secure victories, they will lock in their semi-final berths even before their final group match.
Nepal’s focus is not only on winning but also on maintaining a solid net run rate. With the top two teams from each group advancing to the semi-finals, the stakes are high, as the semi-finalists will earn a ticket to the T20 World Cup in the West Indies and America next year.
This match marks Nepal’s return to T20 World Cup Qualifiers after a nine-year hiatus, with their sole objective being to clinch a spot in the T20 World Cup.
Today, four matches are scheduled to take place. Besides the match between Oman and Singapore at 9 AM at the TU ground, Bahrain and Hong Kong will battle it out under Group ‘B’ at Mulpani ground, starting at 9 AM. The match between UAE and Kuwait is set to commence at 1.30 PM, also at the Mulpani ground.
Nepal is determined to maintain the momentum from their resounding win in the first match against Malaysia. However, they face the challenge of missing Dipendra Singh Airee, who scored a century in their last encounter with Malaysia and played a crucial all-round role. Dipendra has been ruled out due to an ankle injury and is likely to miss the remainder of the World Cup qualifiers.
In the first match against Singapore, Nepalese bowlers performed admirably, while Kushal Bhurtel’s half-century and his partnership with Aasif Sheikh were pivotal in the batting department. Their partnership of 84 runs helped Nepal comfortably chase down the target of 146 runs with 21 balls to spare.
Malaysia, on the other hand, faced Oman in their first match but fell short by 32 runs while chasing a target of 154 runs. Malaysia’s young all-rounder, Virandeep Singh, displayed excellent form, taking three wickets and scoring 57 runs.
As Nepal has enjoyed a winning streak against Malaysia, they aim to maintain their winning momentum in today’s match. However, they will need to adapt to the absence of Dipendra Singh Airee, a key player for Nepal.
Cricket expert Sharad Vesawkar emphasizes that no team should be underestimated in T20 matches, even against familiar opponents like Malaysia. He points out that Malaysian players have experience in Nepal through franchise leagues and know the strengths and weaknesses of the Nepali team. Despite being the favorite, Nepal will need to perform well in specific matches.
The toss is unlikely to have a significant impact, as Nepal, having played its first match in the morning, faces Malaysia in the afternoon. Sharad notes that Dipendra’s injury has added to the team’s concerns, as his all-around abilities are crucial in high-pressure situations. The choice of Dipendra’s replacement will test Nepal’s bench strength, and it depends on the pitch conditions whether they opt for a second spinner or give others a chance.
In the head-to-head history between Nepal and Malaysia, Nepal has a clear advantage. Out of the eight T20 International matches they’ve played, Nepal has emerged victorious in seven, while Malaysia has won just one. In the last five T20I matches since 2020, Nepal has won four, highlighting their dominance over Malaysia in recent encounters.
Nepal vs. Malaysia T20I Head-to-Head:
- T20I games: 8
- Nepal wins: 7
- Malaysia wins: 1
With the hope of securing a spot in the T20 World Cup, Nepal is determined to continue its winning streak and maintain its dominance over Malaysia in this crucial qualifier match.
How to Watch Nepal vs Malaysia Qualifier Match Live?
To watch the Nepal vs. Malaysia Qualifier Match live, you can tune in to Kantipur TV, which will broadcast the match. Additionally, you can also watch the match live on the official website of Kantipur TV. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 PM today, and it will take place at the Kirtipur TU Ground. So, whether you prefer to watch it on television or through an online stream, you have both options available to catch the action live.