Nepal is facing UAE today in the play-off semi-final match for seventh place in the ongoing ICC World Cup Qualifier 2023 in Zimbabwe. The match will start at Takasinga Sports Club in Harare at 12:45pm Nepali time.
The winner of this match will compete with Ireland for seventh place, while the loser will compete with USA for ninth place.
Nepal and UAE are well-known rivals in one-day internationals. They have competed 14 times in one-day internationals so far, with Nepal winning 8 times and UAE winning 6 times.
In the last five matches between Nepal and UAE, Nepal has won 4 matches and UAE has won 1 match. In fact, Nepal has defeated UAE in the last 4 matches. The last time they met was in the final of the ACC Premier League held in Nepal in May, where Nepal defeated UAE by 7 wickets.
In the group stage of the competition, Nepal finished fourth in Group ‘A’ while UAE finished fifth in Group ‘B’. Nepal won 1 and lost 3 in 4 matches, while UAE lost all 4 matches.
Nepal’s probable XI: Kushal Bhurtel, Asif Sheikh (wicketkeeper), Bhim Sharki, Rohit Paudel (captain), Arif Sheikh, Kushal Malla, Dipendra Airee, Gulsan Jha, Sandeep Lamichhane, Karan KC, Lalit Rajbanshi