The 9th match of Men’s Cricket in the 2019 South Asian Games will be played between Bhutan and Maldives at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur.
The match starts at 1:00 PM local time (7:15 AM GMT) (12:45 PM IST).
Bhutan and Maldives are still due to taste their first win in South Asian Games. So, both the teams would be eager to end their tournament on a high note with a win.
The batting line up of Bhutan is struggling to pile some runs for their bowlers to defend. Their batsmen would be expected to come out with some convincing performances in the upcoming match. So far in their three outings, Bhutan has failed to go past 100 runs in an innings.
With the likes of Mohamed Rishwan, Ali Ivan and Umar Adam, Maldives has a strong batting line up. Moreover, their bowling unit has also done well in the ongoing tournament. Leem Shafeeg was the best bowler for his side in the previous match against Nepal, who grabbed three wickets for his side. It would be interesting to watch he can successfully replicate his form in the upcoming match as well.
There are no chances of rain and it is expected to be a perfect day for a cricket match. However, the temperature is expected to range between 19 and 22 Degree Celsius according to Accuweather.
The wicket at Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground is expected to go in favour of batsmen. Moreover, they will get an opportunity to pile some big runs against the bowlers. However, in the latter part of the match spinner will also play an important role. The team winning the toss will look to bat first according to the trends.
Average first innings score: 184 (2019 South Asian Games)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 5
Injury and Availability:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Tenzin Wangchuk Jr, Jigme N Dorji, Tobden Singye, Jigme Singye (C), Mikyo R Dorji, Snam Tobgay, Thinley Jamtsho, Kinga Loday (WK), Nangang Chejay, Karma Dorji, Ugyen Dorji
Bench – Suprit Pradhan, Kesang Nima, Sonam Chophel (WK), Jigme Thinley
Mohamed Rishwan, Mohamed Ivan, Adam Nasif, Ahmed Hassan, Mohamed Azzam (WK), Hassan Ibrahim, Mohamed Mahfooz (C), Nazuwan Badeau, Ameel Mauroof, Ibrahim Rizan, Leem Shafeeq.
Bench – Rassam Rasheed, Ibrahim Raid, Yoosuf Azyan Farhath.
Leem Shafeeg bowled a brilliant spell in the previous match against Nepal. He will be an important player for any Dream11 Fantasy Side. Jigme Dorji will be another important player to watch out in the upcoming game.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain –Mohamed Rishwan, Leem Shafeeq, Tenzin Wangchuk Jr
Vice-Captain – Tobden Singye, Mikyo R Dorji, Mohamed Mahfooz
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Mohamed Azzam
Batters – Ahmed Hassan, Tenzin Wangchuk Jr, Mikyo R Dorji, Snam Tobgay
All-Rounders – Adam Nasif, Leem Shafeeq (C),
Bowlers – Hassan Ibrahim, Mohamed Mahfooz, Tobden Singye (VC), Ameel Mauroof
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Mohamed Azzam
Batters – Mohamed Rishwan (C), Tenzin Wangchuk Jr, Mikyo R Dorji (VC), Snam Tobgay
All-Rounders – Adam Nasif, Leem Shafeeq, Thinley Jamtsho
Bowlers – Hassan Ibrahim, Mohamed Mahfooz, Ameel Mauroof
Umar Adam, the top-order batsman of Maldives is a brilliant hitter but currently, he is struggling with his poor form. He is expected to give breakthrough performances in the game against Bhutan. He is a risky pick but will be worth for any Grand League Side.
Both the sides might opt for some change. However, the majority of the players will play as mentioned above. But it will be wise to wait for the confirmed playing XI.
Maldives is expected to win against Bhutan in their final league match
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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