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Malaysia vs Nepal, 2019: 1st T20I: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Sandeep Lamichhane took a 5-wicket haul when Nepal faced Malaysia last year.

Nepal Cricket Team
Nepal cricket team. (Photo by Joel Ford-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Nepal will face off Malaysia in a 2-match T20I series ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup Asian Regional Finals qualifier starting a few days later. Ahmad Faiz and Paras Khadka will lead Nepal and Malaysia respectively. These two will be among the six teams that will be taking part in that tournament. Two of those will qualify for the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers, an event that will host 14 teams eyeing the 6 places up for grabs in the main event.

Malaysia made their T20I debut in the last month’s Tri-Nation T20 series at home which involved Thailand and Maldives. Malaysia showed their domination winning all three completed matches. Another game ended without a result which might also be on their side. Nepal too has been in decent form this year having won the 3-match T20I series 2-1 after losing the first game. They won the ODI series in similar fashion prior to the T20Is.

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Match Details:

The first game of the two-match T20I series between Malaysia and Nepal will be hosted by the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur. The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (7:30 AM IST) (2:00 AM GMT).

The game will be streamed live on Malaysia Cricket Website and their Social media accounts.

Last five completed Twenty20 matches (including unofficial ones):

Malaysia: W, W, W, W, W.

Nepal: W, W, L, W, W.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The Kinrara Academy Oval hosted T20Is for the first time during the last month’s Tri-series. The average score reads 142 across five completed matches with the chasing team winning four times. The numbers might hide the nature of pitch due to the difference in the quality of teams. Thailand, the weakest of the three sides, batted first three times. Malaysia and Maldives posted 150+ in the other two matches. Thailand even ended up chasing Maldives total of 153 once.

Average first innings score: 142 (Five T20I matches)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 1


Probable Playing XIs:

Malaysia:

Shafiq Sharif (wk), Anwar Arudin, Syed Aziz Syed Mubarak, Ahmad Faiz Mohammad Noor (C), Syahadat Ramli, Aminuddin Ramli, Sharvin Muniandy, Pasha Syafiq Ali, Fitri Sham, Neville Liyanage, Anwar Rahman.

Bench: Nazril Abd Rahman, Pavandeep Singh, Virandeep Singh.

Nepal:

Pawan Sarraf, Paras Khadka (C), Gyanendra Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, Sharad Vesawkar, Binod Bhandari (wk), Karan KC, Sompal Kami, Sandeep Lamichhane, Abhinash Bohara, Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi.

Bench: Basant Regmi, Rohit Kumar Paudel, Pradeep Airee.


Injury and Availability News:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Power Picks:

Sandeep Lamichhane had done well against all teams he has played. However, his numbers get exceptional when he is up against lower-ranked teams. During the Asia Region Qualifier last year, the leg-spinner bagged 24 wickets from 6 matches at an average of 2.38 and picked a wicket every 5.13 balls. Sandeep was up against Malaysia in that tournament and bagged a 5-wicket haul.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Sandeep Lamichhane will be the first choice captain or vice-captain given his skill. Syed Aziz had good numbers with the bat during the recent T20I tournament as he scored 156 runs across four innings and got out only once. The Malaysia keeper Shafiq Sharif also did well with the bat during that tournament. Karan KC, Dipendra Singh Airee and Sharvin Muniandy can also be considered for the multipliers.


Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Shafiq Sharif

Batsmen – Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla, Ahmad Faiz

All-Rounders – Karan KC, Dipendra Singh Airee, Syahadat Ramli, Syed Aziz (C)

Bowlers – Sandeep Lamichhane (VC), Abhinash Bohara, Anwar Rahman

Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Shafiq Sharif (VC), Binod Bhandari

Batsmen – Anwar Arudin, Sharad Vesawkar, Ahmad Faiz

All-Rounders – Karan KC (C), Sharvin Muniandy, Syed Aziz

Bowlers – Sandeep Lamichhane, Anwar Rahman, Sompal Kami

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Expert Advice:

The Nepal skipper Paras Khadka is a tempting pick given his reputation that helped him take his value to 10.5 credits. However, Khadka’s record in Twenty20s and T20Is isn’t that great. He can be ignored in case there is a budget issue as he should not be a compulsory picking.

Probable Winners:

Nepal will start as favourites as they carry larger experience when compared to the Malaysians.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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