Date & Time: Friday, October 18, 11:30 IST
Venue: ICC Academy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Can Singapore continue giving a hard time to Scotland?
It’s time for the T20I World Cup Qualifiers 2019 where 14 teams go through the grind, and the teams which make it to the top 6 cut will join Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the first round of T20 World Cup2020 in Australia. In the tournament opener, Scotland faces Singapore at the ICC Academy in Dubai. Scotland is the highest-ranked team in the tournament which is placed at No. 11. Singapore is just making its baby steps at the big stage, but they will be confident with their recent victory against Zimbabwe. Having featured in the three T20 World Cup, Scotland has registered their first victory at the big stage, back in 2016 against Hong Kong. Since then they have grown in confidence with more victories in the recent cycle. Now they are one of the favorites to win the Qualifiers.
Scotland Possible XI: H Munsey, K Coetzer, C Wallace/C Macleod, M Leask, R Berrington, D Haris, M Coss, M Watt, Evans H Tahir, S Sharif.
Singapore Possible XI: R Rangarajan, S Chandramohan, T David, A Dutta, M Singh, J Prakash, N Param, S Singh, S Vijaykumar, A Mahboob, V Bakran.
The surface at ICC Academy in Dubai has produced good sporting games in the recent past where the average score of teams that bat first is around 145. As it is just the opening days in the tournament, we can expect the same; if not better batting conditions. There is a slight chance of rain before the start of the match, but the sky is likely to clear up during the match.
The Singapore opening batsman has played a crucial role in the side’s recent victory against Zimbabwe. In the three matches played in the format, he has a PPM of 61 and an MDTA of 1. He is going to be the top pick in the Dream11 Cricket team from the Singapore side.
Scotland’s Skipper is one of the most experienced players in the side. He is known to play brisk knocks at the top of the order which is one of the integral strengths of the team. He has a PPM of 40 and an MDTA of 1.64 in T20Is.
The Singapore all-rounder has been one of the consistent performers for his side. In the three matches played so far in the format, he has chipped in with a wicket or scored handy runs in the middle order. He has a PPM of 61 and an MDTA of 1 in the format.
The Scottish all-rounder is in some form of late where he has PPM of 63.4 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the format. In the last four games, he has either picked a wicket or scored 20 odd runs, which makes him a must-have in the Dream11 cricket team.
The left-arm orthodox bowler may have played only a handful of games so far but he has become a regular in the side for the past 6 months or so. He has a PPM of 63.8 and an MDTA of 1 in the last 5 games played.