After the unofficial 3-match T20 series ended in a 1-1 draw, hosts Nepal were expected to rue the lost opportunity and come back harder against a very inexperienced Zimbabwe team in the 50-over series. However, the spirited African nation surprised Nepal and bowled them out for 136 before sealing a 3-wicket win (with 144 balls remaining) in the first NEP vs ZIM A unofficial ODI. The momentum shifted back towards the hosts as the Sandeep Lamichhane-led returned the favour, bowling out the hosts for 87 before winning the match by 9 wickets.
The sensational performances from both the teams have brought the series to an exciting cliffhanger and the eyes will be on the series-decider which is scheduled to start from 9:15 AM IST on Monday, May 9 at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur. Notably, all the matches in the T20 series were also played on the same ground and by now players from both the teams are well aware of the conditions. The time is just right for the fans to take note of the see-saw momentum of the NEP vs ZIM A unofficial ODI series and hop on to Pari Match and place their bets on the all important match for a handsome cashday.
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Considering how things have turned out in the last two NEP vs ZIM A unofficial matches, making a prediction has become tricky. However, we will go with Nepal as the likely winner as the thumping 9-wicket win has brought the momentum in their favour and the home conditions will also come to their aid. Notably, Nepal have won 14 out of their 19 ODI and T20I matches at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur.
Nepal made several changes in their playing XI after losing the first match and that paid rich dividends. Sunil Dhamala, playing his first match after October 2021, scored 38 runs in as many to stitch a 79-run opening partnership with Aasif Sheikh (34 off 31). Sheikh averages 37.66 with 339 runs in 10 matches - the third highest by any batsmen in Kirtipur. Sheikh was also the second-highest run-getter in the preceding T20 series.
Changes were made in the bowling order as well. Lamichhane had started the proceedings in the first unofficial ODI but he introduced himself as the fourth bowler in the second game. Karan KC, the 30-year-old experienced Nepal fast bowler, got hold of the new ball on Saturday and returned with figures of three for 17. Pacer Sompal Kami shared the new ball, also scalping three wickets for just 16 runs in the match. Spinners Sagar Dhakal and Sandeep Lamichhane took one and three wickets, respectively. The aforementioned details prove that Nepal have figured out the recipe to hunt down the visitors. Also, Lamichhane (34 wickets in 16 matches) and Karan KC (29 wickets in 17 matches) are the top two highest wicket-takers at the ground.
Zimbabwe have shown some promise on the tour but have been outplayed in the matches they have lost. In the first unofficial ODI, they lost as many as seven wickets to chase down a 137-run target. The African nation will have to work really hard if they are to beat Nepal. That said, Nepal appear to win the match and take the series 2-1, and if you predict the same, scoot over to Pari Match to place your bet on Nepal's win at odds of 1.57 from the NEP vs ZIM A 3rd unofficial ODI head-to-head encounter.
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