We have no doubt that Zimbabwe is going to full of confidence going into this match against Nepal. Zimbabwe should be the clear favorite considering the experience that its players have. That win came against a very strong Afghanistan side and ended a record-breaking winning streak for Afghanistan. Zimbabwe had recently played T20 series in Bangladesh where they could manage to win only a single match.
But the scores went down a bit as the event progressed. There is a forecast of rain and a delayed start, but seems to be on the cards, but the conditions will improve from 5 PM local time. The next match is a day-night affair and a high-scoring match can take place. Dew will play a part and so batting second seems to be the appropriate option. The pitch during the qualifiers turned out to be favourable for the batters.
We can expect something around similar lines for this match as well. The pitch is going to be a bit of an unknown for the first match. There is some rain forecast in Singapore on match day but it should subside around the time that the match is expected to start. Previous matches here have been very high-scoring and there have been plenty of sixes hit.
Prior to that in July, they drew a three-match series 1-1 in Ireland against the hosts. Zimbabwe have been faring very poorly in the shortest format of the game. They have managed to win only two of their last eighteen T20 internationals and both of those wins have been registered this year - against Ireland and most recently against Afghanistan. Zimbabwe had a tough time in the recently concluded tri-series in Bangladesh that also featured Afghanistan, losing three out of their four encounters.
The passion for the game in Nepal makes its cricket team immensely popular around the world. The players play with so much passion that you cannot but help root for them to make a mark. Nepals rise through the associate ranks has been swift but there is still a long way to go and every successive climb up from here on in is going to be exponentially difficult.
Brian Chari and Craig Ervine could open the batting while Peter Moor is likely to be slotted in the middle order. Zimbabwe have made quite a few changes to their squad from their recently concluded Bangladesh T20I tri-series. Tendai Chatara will probably lead the Zimbabwean bowling attack. Their star batsman Hamilton Masakadza has signed-off from international cricket which means the team will be coming up with a new opening combination.
Sundeep Jora became the youngest player to score a T20I fifty this year and the focus will be on him. Sandeep Lamichhane has been a tad off colour for Nepal in recent times. Paras Khadka has been a prolific performer for Nepal and the onus will be on him. The likes of Sompal Kami and Rohit Paudel also are experienced. However, his form in the CPL for the Barbados Tridents will be a confidence booster.
However, they lack the kind of experience that Zimbabwe have in their squad and their batting seems to depend heavily on their skipper Paras Khadka. Nepal have won many more matches in the T20 format than they have lost this year and having finished as finalists at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Asia Region Final in Singapore two months ago will further boost their confidence. Zimbabwe may not have found much success in T20 cricket but they certainly have a lot more match-winners in their ranks which is why we expect them to make a positive start in this tri-series.
The 1st T20 match of Singapore T20 Tri will be played at Indian Association Ground, Singapore. The pitch is going to be a bit of an unknown for the first match but we had seen some high scoring matches played here in the past.
On paper, Zimbabwe should be the clear favorite considering the experience that its players have. Singapore is hosting a Tri-Series involving itself, Nepal, and Zimbabwe. All the matches are going to be T20 internationals and should provide a closely contested fight between Zimbabwe and Nepal. However, Zimbabwes uncertain future in cricket means that some of its senior players have started to retire to join T20 leagues around the world.
Zimbabwe will be captained by Sean Williams after Hamilton Masakadza hung his boots following the tri-series in Bangladesh. Zimbabwe, Nepal and Singapore are all set to lock horns in a T20I tri-nation series. The matches will be played at the Indian Association Ground in Singapore. The opening match is scheduled to be played between Zimbabwe and Nepal and its expected to be a cracker.
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Nepal have retained most of the players that were part of the squad that toured Singapore in July for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Asia Region Final. Paras Khadka will be leading the team's 15-man squad and will probably open the batting alongside Kushal Malla. Binod Bhandari is the lone specialist wicketkeeper in the side while Sandeep Lamichhane and Lalit Rajbanshi are likely to form the team's spin attack for the series opener on Friday.
Zimbabwe are coming off a disappointing T20I tri-series in Bangladesh that also involved Afghanistan. Nepal, on the contrary, are coming off a fairly successful ICC Men's T20 World Cup Asia Region Final held in Singapore in July. Nepal, however, could not win the tournament as they were blown away by hosts Singapore. Batting first, the Afghans posted a respectable 155/8 in their 20 overs before Zimbabwe got off to a good start and wrapped up the chase with three balls to spare. After losing their campaign opener against Qatar, they registered back-to-back wins against Malaysia and Kuwait to seal their spot in the final. They faced defeats in their first three fixtures but managed to bow out of the tournament on a high with a seven-wicket victory over Afghanistan in their last match.
Last year Bangladesh Tri-Series 2019, Zimbabwe is struggling big time in the shortest format of the game having secured only one win in their last 17 matches. The Hamilton Masakadza-led sides are yet to win a game in the ongoing tri-series. They find themselves at the bottom of the points table after losing their first three matches and now cannot possibly make it to the final even if they win this match. The 39-run loss to hosts Bangladesh at Chattogram the other day was their third consecutive defeat in T20 internationals.