NEP vs UAE 1st ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips
Nepal will take on UAE at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground, Kirtipur. The first ODI of the three-match series will get underway at 09:00 local time on Monday 14th November.
With star player and captain Sandeep Lamichhane unavailable for selection, this will be a tough series for Nepal who have struggled for form in ODI earlier this year. They lost their last game in this format by eight wickets with 186 balls remaining.
21 year old keeper-batter Aasif Sheikh has over 500 ODI runs from 16 innings and has been in good form in Nepal domestic cricket. He scored 130 runs from 136 balls in a recent Prime Minister Cup game and will be full of confidence ahead of this series opener.
Pace bowlers Sompal Kami and Karan KC will carry a threat with the new ball for Nepal in this game. Both players are experienced internationals with good knowledge of how to get the most out of this pitch in Kirtipur. 22 year old Dipendra Singh Airee is able to bowl medium and off-spin and his flexibility could be useful.
Nepal have won only two of their last six games but have been playing strong sides across those fixtures.
Although UAE come into this series on the back of losing their last three games in this format, their last competitive match was a win in the T20 World Cup against Nambia in October. Their last victory in this format came against the USA by eight wickets in June.
Skipper Cundangapoyil Rizwan bats in the middle order for his side but averages 32.00 and is one of their most reliable players. He has a top score of 109 and he will enjoy the pace of the wicket in Kirtipur. 20 year old wicket-keeper Vriitya Aravind has already scored two centuries in ODIs and is an exciting prospect.
Pace bowler Junaid Siddique enhanced his reputation during the T20 World Cup with figures of 3-24 against Netherlands which followed 5-13 in a warm-up clash against West Indies. He will use the speed and bounce in the wicket to his advantage.
UAE are looking to avoid their fourth successive ODI defeat in this match.
NEP vs UAE 1st ODI Pitch Report
The match will be played at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground, Kirtipur. There will be some pace in this wicket and a par score will be around 165. Expect bounce for the quick and spin bowlers.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for Nepal vs UAE 1st ODI Match 2022
Nepal Predicted Playing 11
Rohit Paudel (c), Aasif Sheikh (wk), Gyanendra Malla, Kushal Bhurtel, Aarif Sheikh, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Harishankar Shah, Kamal Singh Airee, Lalit Rajbanshi, Basir Ahmed
UAE Predicted Playing 11
Chundangapoyil Rizwan (c), Chirag Suri, Muhammad Waseem, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Basil Hameed, Kashif Daud, Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddique, Ahmed Raza, Aryan Lakra, Karthik Meiyappan
Nepal vs UAE Prediction
Both teams are ranked in the top 20 sides in the world in this format and we expect a competitive series and a close game to begin. Neither have been in excellent form in ODIs and we expect Nepal to struggle without their key player Lamichhane. We are backing UAE to get off to a winning start in the series.
UAE are favorites to beat Nepal