Malaysia and Nepal are scheduled to play a two-match T20 international series in Malaysia. The opening game will be played on July 13 at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur. Live action will begin at 10 AM local time.
Malaysia's performance with the bat is going to depend mainly on how their top-order batsmen in Shafiq Sharif, Syed Aziz and Ahmed Faiz fare on Saturday. Syed Aziz has scored the most runs for the team in the 20-over format - 156 runs in four matches which includes a couple of half-centuries. Opening batsman Shafiq Sharif has been in fine form and has scores of 53, 31 and 43 in his last three innings. Malaysia will turn to Muhamad Syahadat, Nazril Rahman and Fitri Sham when it comes to bowling. Syahadat has taken five wickets in his four T20I outings and the off-spinner could make an impact right after the powerplay. Nazril Rahman will be backed by the team to strike early with the new ball while Fitri Sham will be the one to watch out for in the middle overs.
The top three - Pawan Sarraf, Paras Khadka and Gyanendra Malla - hold the key to Nepal's batting. Paras Khadka is the team's leading run-getter in T20Is with 290 runs and the onus will be on the skipper to set the tone of the innings. Sompal Kami is another key man in this line-up. The all-rounder has 17 T20I wickets to his name and has the potential to make sizeable contributions with the bat as well. Apart from Sompal, the visitors will look to Sandeep Lamichhane and KC Karan to deliver the goods with the ball. Lamichhane could open the bowling and the leg-spinner will be expected to apply pressure on the Malaysian batsmen with a few tight overs. Batsmen have had trouble reading him and he is likely to finish with the best figures on Saturday.
MAL vs NEP Head to Head
Malaysia and Nepal have never played a T20 international against each other in the past. The two teams will be facing each other for the very first time in the game's shortest format.
MAL vs NEP Dream11 Prediction
|Paras Khadka (c)
||Sandeep Lamichhane (vc)
Malaysia vs Nepal Prediction
Malaysia have the luxury of playing in their own conditions while Nepal will be playing their first T20 international at this ground. The hosts have won each of their last three completed T20Is here and that should give them a lot of confidence. However, they will be up against a relatively stronger opponent in Nepal and will need to click together as a unit to beat them. The visitors look a much better side in the bowling department with the likes of Sandeep Lamichhane and we feel they have a better chance of winning this match.
Final Verdict: Back Nepal to beat Malaysia in the first T20 international.