Ireland will lock horns with Nepal in the sixth match of the Oman Quadrangular T20I Series 2022. The game will be played at Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1).
Ireland got off to a winning start. They beat Oman in their opening fixture but suffered a loss against the UAE in their next game. It was a close-fought contest.
After electing to bowl first, the Irish bowlers struggled a bit as UAE scored 178 in their 20 overs. The Irish side picked up five wickets in the process.
The top-order batters contributed but a lack of support from the other batters resulted in them scoring only 165, falling short by 13 runs. They will be hoping to get back to winning ways.
Nepal, too, beat Oman in their first game but failed to carry forward the winning momentum as they lost to the UAE in their next clash.
The bowlers struggled to keep a lid on the scoring rate as the UAE posted 192 on the board, losing three wickets.
The Nepalese batters tried hard but kept losing wickets at regular intervals as they were restricted to 167, losing the game by 25 runs. They will be looking to finish the competition on a high.
IRELAND VS NEPAL MATCH DETAILS:
Match: Ireland vs Nepal, 6th Match, Oman Quadrangular T20I Series, 2022
Date and Time: February 14, 2022, Monday, 03:30 PM IST
Venue: Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1), Al Amerat
IRELAND VS NEPAL PITCH REPORT
The pitch at Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1) is a belter of a track. The bowlers often go on a journey missing their mark. Once set, the batters can hit through the line.
Expect a high-scoring game on Monday.
IRELAND VS NEPAL WEATHER FORECAST
Temperatures are expected to range between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. It will stay humid throughout the day.
IRELAND VS NEPAL PROBABLE XIS
Craig Young starred with the ball as he picked up four wickets to help his side restrict the UAE to 178.
Andrew Balbirnie (42), Gareth Delany (40) and Curtis Campher (40) contributed but a lack of support from the lower-order batters resulted in them falling short by 13 runs.
The bowlers struggled to pick up wickets as the UAE scored 192 in their 20 overs, losing three wickets. Dipendra Singh Airee top-scored with 41 but a lack of big partnerships meant they only managed to score 167 in their 20 overs.
IRELAND VS NEPAL MATCH PREDICTION
Both sides have lost their previous fixtures. Both got off to a winning start to the competition but failed to carry forward the winning momentum. They need to fire in unison to finish the competition on a high.
Ireland look strong on paper and expect them to beat Nepal on Monday.
Prediction: Ireland to win this encounter.