Nepal VS Hong Kong: Pre-Match Analysis ICC T20 Qualifier | Nepali Cricket | ICC


Nepal VS Hong Kong had a unique show whenever they met in any tournament or series before. So today too it is supposed to have an important clash. Millions of people have already started to tune into the website, mobile app as well as news regarding this match.  Who can forget the majestic inning of Sharad Vaeswakar when last time they met in the qualifier that cemented their place in the world Cup in Bangladesh?  The stage is set, in one hand, Nepal got an alarming call from Irish bowler that exposed the weakness in the top and middle order batsmen, while Jersey exposed the weakness in Hong Kong’s  backyard with sloppiness in the field proving their loss despite a good batsmen’s show.

Players To Watch: Hong kong Team

   Let us have an insight from statistical point of view regarding this match. Hongkong has some big names in their team as Aizaz khan, Irfan Ahmed, Mark Chapman, Babar Hayat and Tanwir Afzal.  Every individual player has a potential to raise the standard in this important match.  After all these players are big match winners who could show their potential either with bat or ball.  Seeing the game upto now, Hong had a disappointing time as most of the time they lack game practice and the game in which they played well with bat ended horribly wrong. Their bowling attack was exposed and fielding was very out sorts from the way go.  The most watch player is going to be Tanwir Afzal  , the captain of the team, who looks in good form recently scoring 11, 22, 55* and 32 respectively in last 4 matches.  Leading the side from the front and helping the middle order is the main role of captain Afzal.  Similarly whenever Hong Kong comes in mind, Irfan Ahmed cannot be taken lightly, an all-rounder that has a very good form with the bat recently averaging 22.69 with an impressive strike rate of 122.76. Similarly 14 wickets in 26 matches he played recently have proved him as an important part of this Hong Kong side. Nepal needs Ahmed and Afzal back to pavilion soon. It also wants to contain them with the allround bowling attack of Hong Kong.

Players To Watch: Nepali Team

Similarly, Nepalese team full of bunch of talents had a mix tournament so far.Their batsmen rose high in their first game with blinder of the innings from vice-captain Gyanendra malla sealed that match against U.S.A. Their bowling and fielding is always their asset with two of the best spinners of the Associates Basanta Regmi and Shakti Gauchan, always proving their part. Skipper Paras Khadka always holding together the middle order. After the game against Ireland, their batting exposed a lot of weakness in top order against quality attack that stumbled the whole team for the second lowest t20 score in history. Paras Khadka plays an important role with the bat as well as ball. The next go to player will be Sompal Kami, an emerging all-rounder who is not a mock with the bat. Hong Kong should bowl in the right areas to expose the middle order and bring Paras early in the crease.  With the out of form of players like Binod Bhandari, hard hitting Sharad Vaeswakar and Sagar pun, it would be a daunting challenge for the Nepalese to retain their hope of advancing into the world cup. If the young attack of fast bowlers and experience spinners gets a hold in today’s match, Hong Kong is surely going to suffer a lot.  Statistically, 11 wickets together in last 4 matches this trio of fast bowling and spin is very capable of holding the root of Hong Kong’s batting. Shakti Gauchan has an impressive average of 18.30 in T20’s with an economy of just 5.6 encountering 30 wickets proves the damage he could made. Similarly, Sompal has an average of 21.58 and has taken 12 wickets in short span of his career. And the most fearful factor is “The Regmi Factor”, Basanta has been the backbone of this Nepalese attack with an outstanding average of 17.44 that have  already 38 wickets.

So the upcoming fixture of Nepal and Hong Kong is a full competition of bat with ball. An exciting clash that would definitely feature the talent from both the sides. It is supposed to be a nail biter. In an hour or so the game goes underway and prayers have already begun for the players from their fans. This  is  expected be a great game of cricket for the viewers and supporters all around the globe.




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