In match number 14 of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Nepal will face one of their biggest challenges as they come face to face against the Netherlands on Saturday at Takashinga Cricket Club. Both teams are in close competition in Group A as they both have two points but their respective net run rate differentiates them in the point table.
The Netherlands is coming to play their second last fixture of the tournament after scoring a comfortable win over the United States of America. They will be in the hope to be part of the next round of the Qualifiers.
Nepal is currently at the 4th spot in the Group A point table with two points and a net run rate of -.638. They are in desperate need of a win in order to have hopes to qualify for the next round. The top bookmakers in India have World Cup qualifiers odds with them on their platforms.
After starting their ICC World Cup Qualifiers campaign with a loss, the Netherlands registered their first win over the USA in their previous fixture. After winning the toss and choosing to bowl first, the Netherland bowlers played a crucial role in stopping the opposition at 211 runs in 50 overs. They kept good control over the run rate of the USA squad. However, it was not a good start for the Netherlands batters as the opening lineup lost their wicket easily. The heroic innings of Teja Nidamanuru and Scott Edwards at the lower end helped the team to register their first win.
Skipper Scott Edwards won’t be making any changes in the winning combination of the team against Nepal.
Predicted Lineup: Vikramjit Singh, Max ODowd, Wesley Barresi, Scott Edwards (c & wk), Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Shariz Ahmad, Logan van Beek, Clayton Floyd, Ryan Klein, Aryan Dutt
Nepal has displayed inconsistency in the ongoing tournament. They started their campaign with a loss but bounced back immediately against the USA but witnessed a disappointing loss against West Indies in their previous fixture. The bowlers were unable to control the run rate of West Indies batters and on top of it, Nepal batters were unable to mark stability on the ground and build a partnership. Aarif Sheikh was the highest scorer as he scored 63 of 93 balls at a strike rate of 67.74.
The team management is expected to try some different combinations for the opening lineup but there is no official announcement.
Predicted Lineup: Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh (wk), Bhim Sharki, Rohit Paudel (c), Kushal Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, Aarif Sheikh, Gulsan Jha, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lalit Rajbanshi
Both teams are evenly matched and Nepal is in a do-or-die situation. However, the Netherlands has some experienced players who can handle pressured situations. Nepal have struggled with its batting lineup and hence we predict a win for the Netherlands on Saturday.