Nepal will lock horns with Papua New Guinea to conclude their first ever bilateral series at Al Amerat Cricket Ground Oman Cricket (Ministry Turf 1) on Friday, the 10th of September. The fixture marks a conclusion to both teams preparation ahead of the upcoming round of ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 encounters. Keep reading to know the best betting tips for the series including the Nepal vs PNG match prediction.
Papua New Guinea's tour of Oman draws to a close with this fourth match in quick succession. With two ODIs each against the much stronger squads of United States of America and Nepal, the team will be confident of having earned much valuable experience and match practice. The challenges ahead of them are steep, facing the likes of Scotland and Oman. Regardless of how the matches turn out to be, PNG cannot let their confidence be affected at this critical time. The ICC World T20 is fast approaching and presents a big opportunity to the island nation to make a huge impact on the global stage. All in all, exciting times lie ahead for the country but for now, here is my NEP vs PNG match prediction.
Considering the series is merely a warm up ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2's upcoming round of fixtures, it has severely gone under the radar. Thereby, only limited bets are expected to be available, of which the winner's bet is the best option available to you from the NEP vs PNG head to head encounter.
Nepal are by a comfortable distance the superior team on paper, a fact they have backed up time and again with on-field performances. In the ICC rankings alone, they are four spots clear of their rivals with a mammoth 20 rating points advantage.
The Asian nation has been in stellar form, winning 9 of their last 13 games. In 2021 itself, the team stormed its way to a tri-series title contesting against Netherlands and Malaysia, by registering five victories in six games. Their dominance can be gauged by the fact that they ended the group stage with a net run rate of 2.507. Nepal has just played four fixtures in the ICC CWC League 2, with two wins and losses apiece. Given their form and strength, the contingent looks primed to end at or around the top of the table.
Papua New Guinea, meanwhile, are winless in their eight ODI games in the tournament. They are already four points adrift of their Himalayan rivals, with a NRR difference of -1.440. Add to that the recent two defeats in their tour of Oman, and the losing streak extends to 10. In the first ODI against Nepal, they were bowled out for a scant 134. Even though the Oceanic nation fought back well, the obstacle was too high for them as Nepal won with 63 balls to spare.
Thus, it would be a huge upset if Papua New Guinea somehow managed to triumph over Nepal a highly unlikely prospect. On that note, I would recommend you maximize your returns from this NEP vs PNG match prediction by picking Nepal with odds of 1.36 on Dafabet.
Nepal to Win- @1.36(Dafabet.com)