The 2nd match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Region Final 2019 will be played between Canada and Cayman Islands at the White Hill Field in Sandys Parish, Hamilton.
The match starts at 3:00 PM local time (11:30 PM IST) (6:00 PM GMT).
Canada will face Cayman Islands in the 2nd match of the Americas Region Final for the T20 World Cup qualifiers. This match will be a special one for both teams due to the T20I status. Canada, who is expected to finish in the top two of this tournament, has not played an official T20I match since the start of 2014. Their last match with the T20I status was back in 2013 which was the 2014 WT20 qualification tournament.
On the other hand, the lesser-known team the Cayman Islands will make their International debut on Sunday. They featured in four List A games in 2000, two FC matches in 2005 and three Twenty20s between 2006 and 2008. None of them had International status. Cayman Islands have got the experience of Gregory Strydom, a former Zimbabwe ODI player and Sacha DeAlwis, a first-class cricketer from Sri Lanka in their side.
The weather in Sandys Parish is predicted to be dry on Sunday. There could be showers in the morning but the skies are expected to be cleared by the afternoon. In fact, the conditions are expected to be Sunny with the temperature reading a maximum of 30° Celsius.
The pitch at the White Hill Field in Sandys Parish will be used for both matches to be played on Sunday. The track here, in general, favours the spinners. With sun striking down in the afternoon, the teams winning the toss might avoid chasing on a used pitch.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Navneet Dhaliwal (C), Rodrigo Thomas, Nitish Kumar, Hamza Tariq (WK), Nikhil Dutta, Saad bin Zafar, Abraash Khan/Dilon Heyliger, Junaid Siddiqui, Rizwan Cheema, Cecil Pervez, Romesh Eranga.
Bench: Harsh Thaker, Ravinderpal Singh, Abraash Khan/Dilon Heyliger.
Sacha DeAlwis, Chad Hauptfleisch (WK), Darren Cato, Gregory Strydom, Luke Harrington Myers, Omar Willis, Paul Manning, Troy Taylor, Alistair Ifill, Conroy Wright, Alessandro Morris (C).
Bench: Zachary McLaughlin, Akhilesh Gavade, Kervin Ebanks.
Rodrigo Thomas was quite good against the quality bowlers during the GT20 Canada. His wide range of shots, temperament and talent was at the display as he ended among the leading run-scorers. Sacha DeAlwis didn’t feature in last year’s Sub-Regional Final but was part of the 2017 Division Five of ICC WCL. The Lankan born batsman scored 273 runs across five innings in that tournament with three fifties.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Rodrigo Thomas, Sacha DeAlwis, Luke Harrington Myers
Vice-captain – Navneet Dhaliwal, Saad bin Zafar, Romesh Eranga
Young Luke Harrington Myers has got the experience of playing age-group cricket for Middlesex and also Youth matches for the Cayman Islands.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Hamza Tariq
Batsmen – Nitish Kumar, Rodrigo Thomas (C), Sacha DeAlwis (VC), Navneet Dhaliwal, Gregory Strydom
All-Rounders – Luke Harrington Myers, Paul Manning
Bowlers – Romesh Eranga, Alessandro Morris, Saad bin Zafar
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Chad Hauptfleisch
Batsmen – Rodrigo Thomas, Nitish Kumar, Rizwan Cheema, Sacha DeAlwis
All-Rounders – Luke Harrington Myers (C), Paul Manning
Bowlers – Romesh Eranga, Nikhil Dutta, Troy Taylor, Saad bin Zafar (VC)
Most of the Cayman Islands players in the batsmen category have the ability to bowl a couple of overs and take wickets while their bowlers can chip in with 20-30 runs in case of early wickets. Selective picking those players will fetch good results in the fantasy.
Canada is expected to edge over the Cayman Islands with their experience.
*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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