This will be the first match between Nepal and Kenya in the tournament    AFP & Getty Images (File Photo)
This will be the first match between Nepal and Kenya in the tournament AFP & Getty Images (File Photo)

The 35th match of ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Championship 2015-16-17 between Nepal and Kenya will be played at Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground, Kirtipur. The ground is situated just outside Kathmandu. This will be a 50-over match and it will be considered as List A match and not international. The ground of Kirtipur will host an ICC WCL Championship for the third time and has been quite lucky for Nepal as their two out of three wins have come at this venue. Also, this will be the first match between both these teams in the tournament. Ton-up Malla makes strong point ahead of WCLC fixture against Kenya

For Kenya, they have so far played eight matches in this tournament and won four out of them. Two out of their four wins came against Namibia and other two came against UAE and Hong Kong. This gives upper hand to Kenya as Nepal have won only three out of their eight matches. Similarly, two out of Nepal s three wins also came against Namibia and the other one came against Netherlands, who are the table-topper in the points table with seven wins from 10 games. However, whatever the numbers suggest, the advantage will always be on Nepal s side as this will be their home match and they have done well here by winning both the previous matches played at this venue.

Looking at the players of both the sides, Nepal skipper Paras Khadka is at second spot in the list of leading run-scorers in the tournament with 352 runs from 8 matches at 44. Whereas, Kenya s leading run-scorer Irfan Karim is at 8th spot in the list with 279 runs at 39.5, which is neither bad nor impressive. Kenya urges for help from India for cricket development

Coming to bowlers, Nepal are once again ahead of Kenya. Basant Regmi slow left-arm orthodox is the leading wicket-taker from Nepal with 12 wickets at 23.83 and Kenya s highest wicket-taker Nelson Odhiambo has got only 10 wickets in eight matches.

Apart from Khadka who has been given Sachin Tendulkar-like stature in Nepal there are few more batters in the team who have done well. Sharad Vesawkar is one of them, who averages 49 from eight matches with 294 runs. Gyanendra Malla is the other one, who played a heroic knock against Kenya in a practise match at Delhi while chasing 282 few days back. Positive meetings held as part of process to re-admit CAN in ICC

In Kenya, none of the batsmen average in 40s. But one should not forget that they have got an experienced player in Colins Obuya, who has been with the team since 2001. But their side has more pacers than spinners,and spinners always play crucial role in the Indian subcontinent.

Despite all this, one should not forget that Kenya have won more matches than Nepal but since this match will be played in the latter s home, the advantage shifts to other side and they will look to continue their home domination. All in all, it seems to be an enthralling clash between both these teams at Kirtipur with the stadium filled with energetic Nepal fans.