The 1st match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Region Final 2019 will be played between Bermuda and United States of America (USA) at the White Hill Field in Sandys Parish, Hamilton.
The match starts at 11:00 AM local time (7:30 PM IST) (2:00 PM GMT).
The regional finals for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers end with the Americas where four sides clash for the remaining two spots. In the opening game of this tournament, the hosts Bermuda will face the United State of America. The game to be played on Sunday will be the first T20I game for Bermuda since the 2008 Associates T20I Tri-series hosted by Ireland. Bermuda lost all three matches they played in it.
Ahead of the big tournament, Bermuda had to take the digest the news of their captain Dion Stovell getting ruled out. Stovell was hospitalized after being hit on the head by a bouncer from Justin Pitcher during Domestic Cup match last month. He was believed to have recovered from the blow and was named to lead the team. Three days before the start, Terryn Fray was announced as the stand-in captain.
The weather forecast suggested dry weather during the match. However, about 20% of chances of rain are predicted for the morning. This could only delay the start of the game and reduction by a couple of overs but won’t have a major effect in deciding the result.
It is tough to predict the pitch due to lack of data of the recent matches played at the White Hill Field in Sandys Parish. However, the pitches in Bermuda stay on the slower side and scores of 160 are good enough if a team bats first.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Terryn Fray (C), Kamau Leverock, Macai Simmons, Delray Rawlins, Okera Bascome (WK), Allan Douglas, Deunte Darrell/George O’Brien Jr, Zeko Burgess, Rodney Trott, Justin Pitcher, Derrick Brangman.
Bench: Sinclair Smith, Onais Bascome, Deunte Darrell/George O’Brien Jr, Kyle Hodsoll.
United States of America (USA):
Jaskaran Malhotra (WK), Xavier Marshall, Steven Taylor, Aaron Jones, Monank Patel, Timil Patel, Hayden Walsh Jr, Saurabh Netravalkar (C), Cameron Gannon, Ali Khan, Jasdeep Singh.
Bench: Karima Gore, Nisarg Patel, Timroy Allen.
Ali Khan might find a good partner in pace bowling through Cameron Gannon, an Australian-born. The right-arm pacer even featured in the Big Bash League. He bagged 27 wickets in 21 wickets in the BBL at a good strike-rate despite being quite expensive. Players who can bowl spin among both the sides are expected to earn a lot of points.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain: Steven Taylor, Terryn Fray, Kamau Leverock
Vice-Captain: Jaskaran Malhotra, Delray Rawlins, Hayden Walsh Jr
Kamau Leverock could be seen opening the innings for Bermuda and also bowl at least two overs.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Jaskaran Malhotra
Batsmen – Terryn Fray (VC), Delray Rawlins, Steven Taylor (C), Monank Patel
All-Rounders – Kamau Leverock, Hayden Walsh Jr, Allan Douglas
Bowlers – Saurabh Netravalkar, Cameron Gannon, Justin Pitcher
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Jaskaran Malhotra
Batsmen – Terryn Fray, Delray Rawlins, Steven Taylor, Aaron Jones
All-Rounders – Kamau Leverock (C), Hayden Walsh Jr (VC), Allan Douglas
Bowlers – Saurabh Netravalkar, Ali Khan, Derrick Brangman
All the players picked in our Suggested Fantasy XIs are sure to be in the Playing XIs unless any late fitness issues. Referring those squads will help in case of no update about the toss or any delayed start.
USA might get a tough fight from Bermuda on their way through to make a winning start.
*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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