After a crushing defeat in the first game, Kenya will hope to bounce when they lock horns with Nepal in the second of the five-match T20I on Friday, August 26, at the Nairobi Gymkhana. The tourists chased down 131 runs with four balls remaining to take 1-0 lead in the series.
A couple of Kenya batters got starts but none of them managed to convert them into big scores. The hosts will hope that their batters fire in unison and post a big total on the board, something that lacked in the first game. Vraj Patel bowled exceptionally well in the first game, returning with figures of 2/19 in his four overs and will hope to keep the form going in the upcoming matches.
Nepal, on the other hand, were clinical with both bat and ball in the series opener. Sompal Kami and skipper Sandeep Lamichhane starred with the ball to restrict Kenya to 130 before an all-round performance saw them chase down the total convincingly. The visitors are unlikely to make any change to their playing XI and will hope to continue the momentum and take a 2-0 lead.
2nd T20I – Kenya (KEN) vs Nepal (NEP)
Venue: Nairobi Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi
Date & Time: August 26 at 3:30 pm IST and 1:00 pm Local Time
The Nairobi Gymkhana wicket is known for producing competitive wickets with anything around 150-160 considered to be a good score. Teams will look to chase on this wicket, given that most of the matches have been won by the team batting second.
Predicted Playing XI
Kenya (KEN): Irfan Karim (WK), Alex Obanda, Sachin Bhudia, Rakep Patel, Shem Ngoche (C), Collins Obuya, Nelson Odhiambo, Vraj Patel, Elijah Otieno, Lucas Ndandason, Nehemiah Odhiambo.
Nepal (NEP): Asif Sheikh (WK), Rohit Kumar Paudel, Gyanendra Malla, Aarif Sheikh, Dipendra Singh Airee, Karan KC, Aadil Ansari, Bibek Kumar Yadav, Sandeep Lamichhane (C), Sompal Kami, Pawan Sarraf.
KEN vs NEP – Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Irfan Karim, Alex Obanda, Gyanendra Malla, Rohit Kumar Paudel, Rakep Patel, Shem Ngoche, KC Karan, Dipendra Singh-Airee (vc), Nelson Odhiambo, Sompal Kami, Sandeep Lamichhane (c).
Fantasy Team 2: Asif-Sheikh, Alex Obanda, Gyanendra Malla, Aarif Sheikh, Rakep Patel, Shem Ngoche, KC Karan (vc), Dipendra Singh-Airee (c), Sompal Kami, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lucas Ndandason.