The Group B match of the ACC Under-19s Asia Cup 2019 will be played between United Arab Emirates (UAE) Under-19s and Nepal Under-19s at the Mercantile Cricket Association Ground in Colombo.
The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (4:00 AM GMT) (9:30 AM IST).
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Under-19s and Nepal Under-19s might have been the lower-ranked sides but the expectations over them were quite high. The two sides entered the tournament after finishing in top two of the Qualifier event. The two sides were inseparable on strengths as the game between these two during the Qualifiers resulted in a UAE win by 1 run due to the DLS method.
Despite losing both their matches to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, both the teams have been impressive in different phases against them. The last match of both teams proves their decent performances. Nepal took four wickets of Bangladesh with more than 100 runs to get at seven runs an over before a record 5th wicket stand saved Bangladesh. The UAE team batted well to score 274 in reply to the home team’s total of 326/8 on Sunday.
Colombo could be under clouds on Tuesday which might not stop any play in the Nepal-UAE match. Showers are expected throughout the day but the chances of them coming down raise only after 5 PM.
Mercantile Cricket Association Ground has witnessed scores around 230 in One-Day matches. During the game between Bangladesh and Nepal a couple of days ago, the scores of 260+ have been recorded. This UAE-Nepal match will be last of this tournament here. Any score over 240 can be expected in this match.
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
United Arab Emirates Under-19s:
Niel rohan lobo, Alishan Sharafu, Vritiya Aravind, Syed Haider, Muhammad Farazuddin, Karthik Palaniapan Meiyappan (C), Rishabh Mukherjee, Ansh Tandon, Sanchit Sharma, Akasha Tahir, Osama Hassan.
Bench – Ashwanth Chidambaram, Anand Kumar, Aaron Benjamin.
Rit Gautam, Pawan Sarraf, Rohit Paudel (C), Asif Sheikh (WK), Hari Chauhan, Kamal Singh, Bhim Sharki, Kushal Malla, Rashid Khan, Sundeep Jora, Sagar Dhakal.
Bench – Khadak Bohara, Surya Tamang, Lokesh Bam, Pratis GC.
Ansh Tandon and Osama Hassan have delivered with the bat for UAE with an aggregate of 109 and 113 runs respectively. Rit Gautam has scored 86 runs with two 30+ scores for Nepal. Pawan Sarraf impressed with all-round performances scoring 85 runs and taking a wicket.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Pawan Sarraf, Ansh Tandon, Osama Hassan
Vice-Captain – Kamal Singh, Alishan Sharafu, Rohit Paudel
Osama Hassan will be a safe option given the way he has batted in the first two games.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Vritiya Aravind
Batters – Ansh Tandon (VC), Osama Hassan, Parvez Hossain Emon, Rit Gautam, Rohit Paudel
All-Rounders – Alishan Sharafu, Kamal Singh, Pawan Sarraf (C)
Bowlers – Rashid Khan, Palaniapan Meiyappan, Rishabh Mukherjee
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Asif Sheikh
Batters – Rit Gautam, Osama Hassan (C), Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Parvez Hossain Emon
All-Rounders – Alishan Sharafu (VC), Pawan Sarraf, Kamal Singh
Bowlers – Palaniapan Meiyappan, Kushal Malla, Akasha Tahir
In case of a delayed toss update, our probable XIs might not work. Both the teams prefer to change their XIs based on the number of overs. And moreover, the two sides are expected to make a couple of changes to ensure they finish with a win.
Nepal Under-19s are expected to finish with a victory.
*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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