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Controversial ‘mystery spinner’ Sandeep Lamichhane returns for Nepal in key T20 World Cup clash

Controversial ‘mystery spinner’ Sandeep Lamichhane returns for Nepal in key T20 World Cup clash

Nepal's passionate fans will be hoping their bowlers, including Lamichhane, can pull off an upset against a strong South African team.

Sandeep Lamichhane, a talented yet controversial figure, makes his much-awaited debut in the 2024 T20 World Cup for Nepal. The spinner, who faced rape accusations and a legal battle, is back in the squad after visa issues sidelined him during the USA leg of the tournament.

Sandeep Lamichhane return: Controversial Call

Sandeep Lamichhane was once Nepal’s cricketing prodigy, but his career was rocked by rape allegations. Though the charges have been overturned, his inclusion in the team remains a divisive topic.

Nepal look to upset South Africa

Despite the controversy, Nepal captain Rohit Paudel has welcomed Lamichhane back into the team. They’ve chosen to bowl first against South Africa in their crucial Group D match, hoping to capitalize on dew later for their batting.

South Africa, already qualified for the Super 8 stage, aim to maintain their winning streak.

Nepal qualification hang in balance

Nepal’s victory against South Africa is vital for their slim qualification hopes. South Africa, meanwhile, will be looking to give their batters some practice time before the knockout stage.

Match Details and Pitch Analysis

The match will be played at the Kingstown ground in the Caribbean. The pitch offers a balanced challenge with some grass to assist spin and seam, but also the potential for good scores. A par score is estimated to be around 160.

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Nepal vs South Africa: Team Lineups

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram (capt), Tristan Stubbs, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Ottneil Baartman, Anrich Nortje.

Nepal: Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh (wk), Anil Sah, Rohit Paudel (capt), Kushal Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, Sompal Kami, Gulshan Jha, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Abinash Bohara.

This match promises both cricketing intrigue and the continued discussion surrounding Lamichhane’s return. Nepal’s passionate fans will be hoping their bowlers, including Lamichhane, can pull off an upset against a strong South African team.

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