The stage is set at the Mulpani Cricket Ground, Kathmandu, where Nepal (NEP) will lock horns with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Match 1 of the Nepal T20I Triangular Series. This triangular series features competitive sides from Hong Kong, Nepal, and the United Arab Emirates. As these teams vie for supremacy, the head-to-head record tips slightly in favor of UAE, with a margin of 3-2 against Nepal.
Nepal’s last T20I encounter was against a formidable Indian side in the Asia Games. Despite a spirited effort, India emerged victorious by a margin of 23 runs. India posted a formidable total of 202 runs in 20 overs, and Nepal managed 179 runs for the loss of nine wickets. Dipendra Singh Airee’s all-round performance, contributing with both bat and ball, stood out, as he scored 32 runs and secured two wickets. Sundeep Jora’s steady innings of 25 runs added value to Nepal’s fight.
United Arab Emirates’ recent T20I encounter was against Oman. In a closely contested match, Oman secured a five-wicket victory. United Arab Emirates set a target of 163 runs in 20 overs, but Oman exhibited great resolve to chase it down in 19 overs, with five wickets in hand. Muhammad Waseem showcased his prowess with the bat, scoring an impressive 46 runs. The bowling duo of Zahoor Khan and Muhammad Jawad Ullah played crucial roles, each taking two wickets.