The second game of Group A in the World Twenty20 sees tournament debutants Nepal and Hong Kong face off in a clash between two Associate members.
Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Date: Sunday, March 16
Start time: 1.30 p.m. GMT
Live on: Sky Sports (U.K.), Fox Sports (Australia), Super Sport (South Africa), BTV (Bangladesh), PTV Sports (Pakistan), Star India (India), SLBC (Sri Lanka), ESPN3 (USA)
Weather: According to Weather.com, Chittagong will be sunny and warm, with temperatures touching 32 degrees Celsius.
Both these sides are making their World T20 debut, having both come through last year’s World T20 qualifying tournament in the United Arab Emirates.
In the final standings, Nepal finished third in the table while Hong Kong took the sixth and final place, above more experienced cricketing nations like Canada, Scotland and Kenya.
Hong Kong have already had a winning start in Bangladesh as they took a surprise victory by four wickets over ICC Full Members Zimbabwe in Chittagong.
In reply, Hong Kong’s innings went down to the last ball, but Mark Chapman hit a six to bring up an unbeaten half century and earn the win for his country.
He was supported well by Tanwir Afzal, who made 37 not out from just 21 balls.
It was not such a successful start for Nepal, who were defeated by five wickets by Ireland.
In reply, Ireland were in some trouble at 30-2 but quickly recovered to win by five wickets with five balls remaining.
In a game between two Associate members, this will be a historic matchup for both Hong Kong and Nepal, and both will be looking to take a momentous victory.
Hong Kong (from): Jamie Atkinson (capt), Waqas Barkat, Mark Chapman, Irfan Ahmed, Nadeem Ahmed, Haseeb Amjad, Tanwir Afzal, Babar Hayat, Nizakat Khan, Aizaz Khan, Najeeb Amar, Munir Dar, Ehsan Nawaz, Roy Lamsam, Kinchit Shah
Nepal (from): Paras Khadka (captain), Pradeep Airee, Prithu Baskota, Binod Bhandari, Naresh Budhaayer, Shakti Gauchan, Sompal Kami, Avinash Karn, Subash Khakurel, Gyanendra Malla, Jitendra Mukhiya, Sagar Pun, Basant Regmi, Sharad Vesawkar, Rahul Vishwakarma
After an unbeaten 53 against Zimbabwe in Hong Kong’s warm-up match, Chapman should be riding a confidence high and will want more of the same.
The 19-year-old is enormously talented and will want to use this tournament as a place to showcase his skills.
With three wickets in Nepal’s defeat to Ireland in their warm-up match, Mukhiya showed the ability to do well even on the spin-friendly pitches of Bangladesh.
An economy rate of 7.57 runs per over was also very encouraging, and Mukhiya will hope to assert himself similarly in the main tournament.
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