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. Zimbabwe lost seven wickets in the process but won with 24 overs to spare.
Zimbabwe's sensational win has made the 3-match unofficial ODI series an interesting one and eyes will be on the second match which is scheduled to start from 9:15 AM IST at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on May 7. 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 hop on to Pari Match and place their bets on NEP vs ZIM A 2nd unofficial ODI to gear up for a handsome cashday.
Mentioned below is the top team bet from the NEP vs ZIM A 2nd unofficial ODI head-to-head contest.
A lot has changed after Nepal's 3-wicket defeat against Zimbabwe on Friday. Players in the Nepal squad were more experienced than their Zimbabwean counterparts in the 50-over format at the international level, and the home conditions were expected to give them further advantage. Only four players in the visitors' squad had the experience of representing Zimbabwe in the ODIs format, and their chances of prevailing against Sandeep Lamichhane's side was minimal. But the tables have been turned and Nepal are facing the risk of losing the series on their own turf. After electing to field first in the first match, Zimbabwe displayed a superlative bowling performance to restrict Nepal at 136 in 31.3 overs. Openers Kushal Bhurtel (385 runs in 12 matches) and Aasif Sheikh (339 runs in 10 matches) are the top three leading run-getters on the ground at the international level but they perished for 19 and 5 respectively. Pacer Brad Evans was all over the Nepal batters as he picked four wickets in just 8.3 overs. Tony Munyonga deployed six bowlers -- five of them returned with at least a wicket, and only one ended with an economy of more than five. Pacers took six wickets and the remaining four was shared by spinners Brandon Mavuta and Cephas Zhuwao. On the flip side, Bangladesh bowlers managed to take seven wickets but looked out of place. Three of the five bowlers used six or more runs per over. Sandeep Lamichhane, the global T20 star, who carries a massive experience in the white-ball formats in his short career, managed to pick two wickets for 32 runs in 10 overs but lacked support from others. In-form Zimbabwe opener Innocent Kaia scored 48 not out runs and was the highest run-scorer in the match. He was well supported by his opening partner Cephas Zhuwao who scored fluent 29-ball 32 to set the tempo for a meagre run-chase. Apart from these two batsmen others in the team failed miserably but the 3-wicket has shifted the momentum in their favour. In the battle of minnows, momentum holds the key now. Also, Nepal have now lost four of their last five matches in the 50-over format. Zimbabwe A have managed two wins in their last five encounters. That said, Zimbabwe A appear to beat Nepal in the second match, and if you predict the same, scoot over to Pari Match to place your bet on Zimbabwe A's win at odds of 1.90 from the NEP vs ZIM A 2nd unofficial ODI head-to-head encounter.
Zimbabwe to win - @1.90 (Pari Match)
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