MAL vs NEP Dream11 Team: Malaysia look to restore parity in the series after being drubbed in the opener on Saturday
For Malaysia, getting past Nepal across any format of the game has started becoming a really precarious task. They were drubbed by their U19 side in the semi-final of the ACC U19 Eastern Region Cup and the predicament continued for the international side on Saturday.
Taking on each other in the first of the two T20s scheduled between the two countries, Malaysia were left facing the brunt of their abject batting unit who cost them the encounter on the day. Batting first, the side were able to register only a paltry 128-9 while batting first as the side tumbled from 93-2 to lose 7 wickets for 35 runs.
In what was a shambolic display by the middle-order, all the good work done by Virandeep Singh and Fiaz was undone as the side kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Lack of an ability to stitch together meaningful partnerships in the second half of their innings paired with a failure of their batsmen to put a prize on their wicket saw Nepal enter the break as the happier of the two sides.
And buoyed by their bowling pefromance to limits Malaysia to well under 150, Nepal’s run chase was as easy as they come in the end. Their batsmen decided not to take any untoward risks, biding their time in the middle to settle at the crease before eventually opening their arms to unleash a carnage on Malaysia’s bowling unit. Revolving around opener Paras Khadka’s exquisite 86 run knock, the rest of the batting line-up came up with adequate contributions to emerge with a 7 wicket win.
Now taking on each other once again today for the second and final match of the series, for Malaysia the goal is all about restoring parity in the series and taking something away from it. Things will not be easy for them though given Nepal’s pristine bowling attack and Malaysia’s sordid nature with the bat.
While Malaysia managed to pick up wickets cheaply themselves as well, sending back Nepal’s three wickets for single digits, unfortunately their batting unit is way weaker than the opposition. What stood out particularly was their inadequacy when facing off against spin, something which is sure to bit them today as well.
Malaysia will be left decimated by the slower stuff, something which will peg them back from getting a decent total on the scoreboard. Nepal should win this one as well and take the series along with it 2-0.
Wicket-Keeper for MAL vs NEP Dream11
He didn’t score big in the previous match, but we are going to continue selecting Malaysia’s Shafiq Sharif for this encounter as well. He has the application and technique needed to play effortless shots and we see the middle-order bat playing a more watchful innings today.
Batsmen for MAL vs NEP Dream11
We earmarked him for the series opener and after a stellar effort of 86 to guide his side to a win, Nepal’s Paras Khadka straightaway retains his place in our Dream 11 outfit for the day. It was a sublime innings from him, one where he epitomised the enterprising nature of his batting as he continued on his merry way despite losing wickets at the other end to put on a big score.
At 68-3 at one stage with Malaysia picking out at their top-order, things looked jittery for Nepal before Sharad Vesawkar came in and ensured the side got past the finishing line without any problems. He becomes our second pick from Nepal while we have gone ahead with opener Virandeep Singh and Ahmad Faiz from Malaysia.
The two in between them were responsible for 99 of the 128 runs their side managed with Singh getting a half-century while Faiz just fell short of a well deserved one by the 5 runs. Their displays grow in stature after the rest of the batting order put in a shambles of a display, collapsing in quick time as Nepal made mockery of them.
All-Rounders for MAL vs NEP Dream11
He was not selected for the first match but after his match winning displays for Nepal U19 at the recently concluded ACC U19 Eastern Region Cup, we see Pawan Sarraf getting playing time today. We are going to continue keeping him in our side for this match while KC Karan will accompany him after picking up 3-27 to pummel Malaysia.
Bowling Order for MAL vs NEP Dream11
It’s a trio of bowlers from Nepal that are a part of our side for this match after the immense success they tasted in the previous encounter. Legspinners Sandeep Lamichhane and Basant Regmi wrecked havoc amongst Malaysia’s ranks, pummelling them as they picked up the two wickets each and given Malaysia’s inability to pay the slower stuff we are getting both of them in.
Pacer Sompal Kami is included as well from Nepal while from Malaysia we have Muhammad Anwar coming into our side for this one.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We have gone ahead with KC Karan as the captain for this match while Paras is opted as the vice-captain.
Two Match T20 Series
Match: Malaysia Vs Nepal Second T20
Date And Time: 14th June, Sunday- 7:30am IST
Venue: Kinara Oval, Kinara Bandar
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