Match Details

Nepal vs Sri Lanka
Lauderhill, Florida, at 7:30 p.m. local time

Big picture: Nepal’s best chance to beat Sri Lanka

So, you’re saying there’s a chance? That will be the crux of Sri Lanka’s thinking from here on out as they look to keep alive their fading hopes of qualifying for the Super Eight in the T20 World Cup 2024.

After two defeats in two – to South Africa and Bangladesh – the former world champions are now firmly in winning territory. As things stand, nothing short of outright wins against Nepal and the Netherlands will suffice, and even then, Sri Lanka will need at least one of them (ideally both) to beat Bangladesh. . It’s certainly an unlikely scenario, but an entire nation is destined to come into existence.

Going in their favor will be the fact that drop-in pitches, and the inherent unpredictability they create, are now firmly in the rearview mirror. Indeed, the Sri Lankan batsmen, like many other sides, have struggled to cope with some of the less paved surfaces on offer in New York and Dallas, and no doubt the less-used but relatively more experienced tracks at Lauderhill. See you as welcome. Change

In fact, Sri Lanka will go with a lot of knowledge in terms of the competition, where they have played both their warm-up games. They will also be able to gather information from the India-West Indies series there late last year, while it is a clear fact that Sri Lanka themselves were among the first teams to play in Lauderhill in 2010.

Thus their only real worry may be factors beyond their control as their tournament fortunes may be in the hands of the weather gods, with late rains in Florida – a washed out match and then a combined Points will be almost gone. Extinguish any lingering hope of competence.

As for Nepal, qualifying for the next round was always a fantasy, especially being stuck in the dreaded group of death. Such was their predicament, their opening game against the Netherlands was already one they could not afford to lose and after that result they would have to beat at least two of Sri Lanka, South Africa or Bangladesh. was needed.

Now they come up against an opponent they have never faced, and one who has a bowling attack with variety that is difficult to prepare for at the best of times. That said, this is a Sri Lankan outfit that is out of whack in terms of their batting, and rarely will you be presented with a greater opportunity to pull off a historic upset on the biggest stage.

Farm Guide

Nepal LLWW (Last five complete matches; latest first)
Sri Lanka LLWLW

In the spotlight: Kiran KC and Nuvan Thushara.

Sandeep Lamichhane is undoubtedly a huge omission, and someone whose absence significantly hindered their opening game loss to the Netherlands. But in veteran Kiran KC – their second-highest T20I wicket-taker – they have someone who can challenge Sri Lanka’s top order, and possibly expose their soft underbelly. Is. Karan, to be fair, hasn’t been the best at taking his wicket in recent times but he has the pedigree to catch up and Nepal hope the next one is around the corner.

While Sri Lanka’s struggles in their opening two games have been well documented, one area in which they have excelled is with the ball. This has mainly been due to their success in the powerplay, where the muddy Nuvan Thishara has proved a handful for the opposition batsmen. With his ability to swing the ball late and his exceptional pace, he almost single-handedly secured the win against Bangladesh. There is no doubt that Nepal’s batsmen will have done their homework but facing him will be a whole new proposition.

Team News

Louderhill has had a fair amount of rain, which means possibly some surface moisture. It would not be surprising then for Nepal to stick with their seven-heavy combination.

Nepal (Possible XI): 1 Kushal Bhartil, 2 Asif Shaikh (wicket), 3 Anil Saha, 4 Kushal Malla, 5 Rohit Podel (captain), 6 Deepinder Singh Iri, 7 Gulshan Jha, 8 Sompal Kami, 9 Kiran KC, 10 Abinash Bohara, 11 Sagar Dhakal.

In potentially sevens-friendly conditions in Florida, Sri Lanka could opt to replace Mahesh Thiekshana with a third front-line seamer in Dushantha Chimera or Dilshan Madhushanka – neither of whom have yet featured in the competition. .

Sri Lanka (Possible XI): 1 Patham Nissanka, 2 Kosal Mendis (wicket), 3 Kamindu Mendis, 4 Dhananjaya De Silva, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Dasan Shanaka, 8 Venindu Hasaringa (Captain), 9 Mahesh Theekshana/Dilshana, 10. , 11 Nuvan Thishara.

Pitch and conditions

Sri Lanka’s warm-up games at Lauderhill have seen runs and for now all indications are that the pitch in this game will help the batsmen. Barash, however, is set to play a rough game against Sri Lanka. The forecast for Tuesday isn’t any better with storms expected throughout the evening, so it could be a fairly standoffish affair.

Stats and Trivia

  • Nuwan Thishara’s strike-rate of one wicket every 9.4 balls is the best of any bowler from a member country who has taken at least 10 wickets in T20Is since January 2023.
  • Eleven of the 15 matches completed at Lauderhill have been won by the side batting first.
  • The average score in Lauderhill is 160. The average first innings score is 168.

Quotations

“I think the space is very good, especially to prepare ourselves, especially after the loss against Holland. We have used three, four net sessions here and we are very good for tomorrow’s game. Are ready.”
Nepal captain Rohit Paudel His team feels re-charged after their week-long break.

“I think the morale is there, the passion is there. It’s just a missed opportunity. Otherwise, if you want to judge someone by how they feel, just watch them how they bowl and how they play. Fielding.”
Sri Lankan fast bowling coach Aqib Javed Despite the opening two defeats, the morale of the team is not worried.



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