Nepal will face Maldives in their second match of the ongoing Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. The match is scheduled for Sunday morning at 6:45 am Nepali time and will be broadcast live on DD Sports channel.
After a convincing victory over Mongolia in their first match, Nepal aims to secure a spot in the quarter-finals by defeating Maldives, another relatively weaker opponent in Group ‘A’. This matchup marks the first time two South Asian teams will compete in the T20 International history.
In the realm of T20 International rankings, Nepal holds the 16th position, while Maldives lags behind at 78th. Additionally, Maldives has sent a second-tier team to the tournament due to another concurrent event, the T20 World Cup Regional Qualifier. Without some miraculous results, it appears unlikely that Maldives will be able to overcome Nepal.
In their previous match, Maldives easily defeated Mongolia by 9 wickets, chasing down a target of 61 runs in just 6.4 overs.
This match against Maldives provides Nepal with an opportunity to set new records. Furthermore, it may be a chance for players like wicketkeeper-batsman Binod Bhandari, fast bowler Pratish GC, fast bowling all-rounder Bibek Yadav, and batsman Sundeep Jora, who did not get a chance to play in the first match, to showcase their skills.