It was a most happiest day for Nepal Cricket when they defeated Papua New Guinea to assure the place in 7th Place Play-Off and also to earn the ODI status for the first time. Now, Nepal set to face Netherlands in the 7th place play-off match. Both two teams had lot of ups and down in the Qualifiers and stays equally strong. Seventh place Play-off match between Nepal vs Netherlands is schedule to start at 9:30 AM Local | 1 PM IST on Saturday, 17th March 2018.
Two good back-to-back wins helped Nepal Cricket Team to achieve their dream of getting ODI status from the ICC. Paras Khadka led-side need one more win to finish the tournament high on their personal perspective. Nepal bowlers contained an opposition so smart and bowled out less than par score. First, they managed to take all 10 wickets of Hong Kong for 155 runs and then bowled out PNG for 114 runs in the last game. Thanks to the leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane for taking a tally of 7 wickets in those two matches. Nepal till has some batting woes at top of the order, but skipper Khadka and middle-order batsmen finishes the job for the team. Nepal played with an unchanged XI in the last game and expecting them to with the same XI on Saturday too. Gyanendra Malla and Anil Sah are struggling to give a good start as an openers. So, possibly there could be some changes in the batting order.
Skipper Paras Khadka leading from front with his leadership skill and also with his individual performances. He didn’t score lot of runs in recent matches, but surely he is capable of playing a match-winning knock. All-rounder Dipendra Airee had a great match on Thursday when he shined with both bat and bowl against PNG. He claimed 4 for 14 in just 4.2 overs followed by an unbeaten 50 off 58 balls with a bat. The young Aarif Sheikh and Rohit Kumar takes care of middle-order batting and contributes with runs. Rohit played a good knock to take team home against Hong Kong while Sheikh scored runs against PNG. The left-arm spin duo Basant Regmi and Lalit Rajbhanshi are playing a supportive role to their team’s major spinner Sandeep Lamichhane. Well-controlled bowling spells of both Regmi and Rajbhanshi deeply affects the opposition’s run-rate. The mystery bowler Lamichhane has claimed a tally of 11 wickets in 5 matches, in particular he picked 7 wickets in last two matches. He is an asset of the team and the bowling unit relying lot on him. All-rounder KC Karan will take care of batting in the lower-order along with some good part-time overs. Sompal Kami also contributing with his decent bowling spells in power-play.
Just 1 win out of 4 matches forced Netherlands out of the Super Sixes stage but the Orange has a nice opportunity to finish as 7th best team in the competition by beating Nepal. After facing lot of tough moments during the group stage, Netherlands came with a good collective performances in the last game against Hong Kong. Bowlers successfully defended the target of 174 runs to avoid the most frustrating defeat other day. An inconsistent batting performances by top-order and middle-order batsmen put the team under pressurized situations in every match. As Max O’Dowd scored a fine half-century at top of the order against Hong Kong, he is expected to open an innings once again along with Wesley Barresi. A continuous poor performances by Ben Cooper causes the problem for the team and they might drop him for this game on Saturday.
The veteran all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate contributed with 67 runs against West Indies but he was rested for the match against Hong Kong. As he is expected to be back in the XI, he mostly replaces Ben Cooper at no. 3. Captain Peter Borren and youngster Bas de Leede were reconstructed the innings against Hong Kong, on that process both of them took so many deliveries to score 31 and 29 runs respectively. But as it was an important contribution from De Leede, chances are high for him to retain his place in the XI. The all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe struggled to score runs but he compensated that with his bowling skills. He claimed a total of 12 wickets in 5 innings, includes two four-wicket hauls. Pieter Seelaar did an wonderful job by picking 1 for 12 runs in his 9 overs against Hong Kong in the last game. As the bowling attack worked well against Hong Kong, they possibly go with the same bowling unit in this game. If any chances are possible, then Timm van der Gugten will replaces Shane Snater in the XI.
KEY PLAYERS :
- Paras Khadka
- Gyanendra Malla
- Rohit Kumar
- Dipendra Airee
- KC Karan
- Sandeep Lamichhane
- Sompal Kami
- Wesley Barresi
- Max O’Dowd
- Ryan ten Doeschate
- Peter Borren
- Pieter Seelaar
- Roelof van der Merwe
- Paul van Meekeren
POSSIBLE LINEUPS :
1. Gyanendra Malla, 2. Anil Sah, 3. Paras Khadka, 4. Dipendra Airee, 5. Aarif Sheikh, 6. Rohit Kumar, 7. KC Karan, 8. Sompal Kami, 9. Basant Regmi, 10. Lalit Rajbhanshi, 11. Sandeep Lamichhane.
1. Wesley Barresi, 2. Max O’Dowd, 3. Bas de Leede, 4. Ryan ten Doeschate / Ben Cooper, 5. Peter Borren, 6. Scott Edwards, 7. Roelof van der Merwe, 8. Pieter Seelaar, 9. Shane Snater / Timm van der Gugten, 10. Paul van Meekeren, 11. Fred Klaassen.
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