ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 - Match 3 - Zimbabwe v Nepal - Preview

Kyle Jarvis in a training session
Kyle Jarvis in a training session
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Game: 3rd Match, Group B, Zimbabwe vs Nepal

Venue: Queens Sports Club

Time: 07:30 AM GMT / 09:30 AM local

Zimbabwe will be looking to brush their off-field aside when they take on Nepal in their ICC World Cup 2018 Qualifier tournament opener at Queens Sports Club on Sunday.

They are fresh from a 4-1 series defeat to Afghanistan but had a remarkable year with an away series victory over Sri Lanka and again defeated the same opposition in the recent tri-series in Bangladesh. Sean Williams was drafted into the squad and was added to the squad along with Cephas Zhuwao with Ryan Burl and Tarisai Musakanda missing out. The return of Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis has further boosted the squad and Sikandar Raza with his all-round skill will be a key component of the side.

Nepal will be pinning their hopes on young leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, whose ability was acknowledged in the recently concluded IPL auction. He had 17 scalps from six games while Sompal Kami also had 10 wickets but if they are to go a distance in the tournament, skipper Paras Khadka, who was Nepal's only century scorer in the World Cricket League will be the key.

Head to Head: The two teams have never met in an One-Day International before.

Squads:

Zimbabwe:

Graeme Cremer (captain), Sean Williams, Tendai Chatara, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Peter Moor, Cephas Zhuwao, Blessing Muzarabani, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller.

Nepal:

Paras Khadka (captain), Gyanendra Malla, Shakti Gauchan, Basant Regmi, Sharad Vesawkar, Sompal Kami, KC Karan, Aarif Sheikh, Sandeep Lamichhane, Dipendra Singh Airee, Dilip Nath, Lalit Bhandari, Anil Sah, Rohit Kumar, Lalit Rajbanshi

Prediction: Zimbabwe have the clear edge over Nepal having played competitive teams on a regular basis but if Lamichhane and Khadka perform, the Asian team can give Cremer's men a fight.

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