NEP vs UAE Head To Head Records, UAE tour of Nepal 2022, 3rd ODI

NEP vs UAE Head To Head Records, UAE tour of Nepal 2022, 3rd ODI. The stage is set for a great contest as Nepal takes on United Arab Emirates in the third ODI of the 3-match series in Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground, Kirtipur, Nepal on 18th November.

Hosts Nepal bounced back in the last game to win by 3 wickets after suffering a heavy loss in the first game. Both sides would battle hard in the middle to win the last game and grab the series.

Nepal Cricket Team. Image Credit: Twitter

Nepal would be worried about the form of its top order as they have failed in both games. Their lower middle order rescued them in the last game, and they can ill afford another batting collapse. Both sides would feel the heat in this game, with the high stakes. The side holding its nerves together would win this contest.

Skipper Rohit Paudel would feel confident after his side put up a great show in the last game. How they fought after the loss in the 1st ODI would make the skipper happy. Having tasted blood Nepal would like to go for the kills. They know the conditions well and shall look to take advantage of them here.

Rohit Paudel Facebook
Rohit Paudel Facebook

Their batting still has a few issues, and the side would expect runs from Arjun Saud and Aasif Sheikh at the top. Gyanendra Malla is the most experienced batsman on the side, and he must anchor the middle order with Rohit Paudel and Kushal Bhurtel. Dipendra Singh Airee, Gulshan Jha, and Aarif Sheikh have done well, and the side would need similar contributions from them.

Karan KC and Sompal Kami have troubled UAE’s top order in both games, and the pair must get early breakthroughs for the side to do well. Lalit Rajbanshi and Gulshan Jha must bowl tight spells in the middle overs as their opponents have a strong batting line-up. Dipendra Singh Airee and Kushal Bhurtel must do well in the supporting act.

Nepal Predicted Playing XI:

Rohit Paudel (c), Gyanendra Malla, Kushal Bhurtel, Dipendra Singh Airee, Aasif Sheikh (wk), Arjun Saud, Gulshan Jha, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Harishankar Shah, Lalit Rajbanshi

Chundangapoyil Rizwan shall be upset with his batsmen for the loss in the last game. After their openers had set up an excellent opening wicket stand, the side lost the plot from a position of strength. Chundangapoyil  Rizwan would like his players to take lessons from the last game and not take the opponents lightly. They have more experience than Nepal, and Chundangapoyil Rizwan shall look to make the best of it.

muhammad waseem. Image: ICC
Muhammad Waseem. Image: ICC

Muhammad Waseem and Vriitya Aravind have looked in good form, and the side would expect a solid start from them here. Chundangapoyil Rizwan would need to use his experience and build partnerships with Alishan Sharafu and Vishnu Sukumaran. Basil Hameed, Rohan Mustafa, and Afzal Khan shall have to add runs down the order where they failed in the last game.

The bowling attack has done well in both games. Hazrat Bilal and Sabir Ali bowled good spells with the new ball, and the side would like to see early wickets from them. Aayan Afzal Khan and Rohan Mustafa used the conditions well, and the side would like a similar show. Basil Hameed and Muhammad Waseem add to the side’s bowling strength.

United Arab Emirates Predicted Playing XI:

Chundangapoyil Rizwan (c), Muhammad Waseem, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Basil Hameed, Rohan Mustafa, Hazrat Bilal, Aayan Afzal Khan, Alishan Sharafu, Junaid Siddique, Ahmed Raza, Zahoor Khan

Invited to bat first, UAE had a good start with openers Muhammad Waseem (44) and Vriitya Aravind (40). The skipper Chundangapoyil Rizwan (2) failed to continue the team’s momentum. However, the experienced Rohan Mustafa (53) was terrific with his composure to help UAE get a stable platform. He stitched a 53-run stand for the fourth wicket with Alishan Sharafu (29).  In the end, Aayan Afzal Khan (26) and Ahmed Raza (27) provided valuable contributions as UAE finished on 263. Gulsan Jha was the pick of the bowlers for Nepal with two wickets.

UAE's Aayan Afzal Khan - PC- Chris Whiteoak/ The National
UAE’s Aayan Afzal Khan – PC- Chris Whiteoak/ The National

In response to a stiff chase, Nepal could not get off to a good start as they lost consistent wickets. They were reeling at 41/4 in the 13th over, courtesy of Aayan Afzal Khan’s superb spell. It was Arjun Saud (51) and Dipendra Singh Airee (54), who were impressive to keep the team in good stead with a 68-run stand.  Aayan Afzal Khan wreaked havoc by finishing with figures of 4/14 in 10 overs, which resulted in Nepal scoring only 179 in their designated quota of 50 overs.

Brief Scores: 1st ODI: UAE: 263/7 ( Rohan Mustafa 53, Muhammad Waseem 44, Gulsan Jha 2/26, Dipendra Singh Airee 1/30) beat Nepal: 179/9 (50)  (Dipendra Singh Airee 54, Arjun Saud 51, Aayan Afzal Khan 4/14, Basil Hameed 2/18) by 84 runs.

In the 2nd ODI, Nepal squeezed home by three wickets in a tight game to level the series at 1-1. The victory was orchestrated by Aarif Sheik and 16-year-old Gulshan Jha, who added 62 for the eighth wicket. While Gulshan Jha made 37, Aasif Sheikh remained unbeaten on 33 to take Nepal home in their chase of 192.

Photo: Gulshan Jha
Photo: Gulshan Jha

UAE were the first casualty of the ICC’s decision to impose a permanent ban on the use of saliva to polish the ball. On Wednesday, when Alishan Sharafu applied saliva to shine the ball during the second ODI against Nepal in Kirtipur, the on-field umpires awarded Nepal five penalty runs in line with the ruling that came into effect this September.

After Sompal Kami and Lalit Rajbanshi shone in bowling, Nepal got a target of 192 runs from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the second match of the three-match ODI series played in TU Cricket Ground Kirtipur on Wednesday. After losing the toss UAE came into bat and lost all the wickets in 43.2 overs and made a total of 191 runs.

Brief Scores: 2nd ODI: UAE 191 (Muhammed Waseem 50, Alishan Sharafu 35, Sompal Kami 3/35, Lalit Rajnbanshi 3/41) lost to Nepal 193/7 (Gulshan Jha 37, Kushal Bhurtel 35, Aarif Sheikh 33*, Rohan Mustafa 3/24) by 3 wickets

NEP vs UAE Head To Head Records, UAE tour of Nepal 2022, 3rd ODI

United Arab Emirates have won 5 while Nepal have won 3 times in 8 head-to-head matches between the two sides.

Paras Khadka
Paras Khadka. Image-ICC

Nepal’s Paras Khadka has scored the most 172 runs in 4 ODIs followed by Nepal’s Gyanendra Malla who has scored 163 runs in 8 ODIs. Next comes UAE’s Rohan Mustafa with 158 runs in 5 ODIs, and teammate Muhammed Waseem who has scored 148 runs in 4 ODIs, while Nepal’s skipper Rohit Paudel has scored 144 runs in 7 ODIs.

Cricketers Sandeep Lamichhane (left) and Sompal Kami at a press meet in Kathmandu on Friday, June 21, 2019. Photo: THT
Cricketers Sandeep Lamichhane (left) and Sompal Kami at a press meet in Kathmandu on Friday, June 21, 2019. Photo: THT

Sompal Kami has picked the most scalps-19 followed by Sandeep Lamichhane with 15 scalps. Karan KC has picked 10 scalps.

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