The 4th match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Region Final 2019 will be played between the Cayman Islands and United States of America (USA) at the National Stadium in Hamilton.
The match starts at 3:00 PM local time (11:30 PM IST) (6:00 PM GMT).
The United States of America (USA) had every reason to be disappointed after their defeat to Bermuda on Sunday. They fell six runs short of Bermuda’s total in the opening game of the Americas Region Final for the T20 World Cup qualifiers. Bermuda was playing their first T20I match in more than ten years and haven’t played much against big teams prior to the tournament.
The USA now has to catch up Canada and Bermuda by beating the two in the remaining matches. They will now take on the Cayman Islands in the 2nd match on this tournament. The Cayman Islands made their International debut on Sunday against Canada. However, the game didn’t go as they expected as Ravinderpaul Singh’s century pushed Canada’s total to 196/6. They won it by a big 84-run margin.
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. Humid conditions could be seen on Monday with the temperatures reading a maximum of 29° Celsius, little less than on Sunday.
The pitch for the 2nd match of the day is usually expected to be on the slower side with sunny striking the play area. However, Canada posted a huge total on a used track but it could be due to the inexperience of the Cayman Islands.
Injury and Availability News:
Ali Khan was rested as a precaution after he suffered an ankle injury on eve of the tournament.
Probable Playing XIs:
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.
United States of America (USA):
Jaskaran Malhotra (WK), Xavier Marshall, Steven Taylor, Aaron Jones, Monank Patel, Timroy Allen, Hayden Walsh Jr, Saurabh Netravalkar (C), Cameron Gannon, Nisarg Patel/Ali Khan, Jasdeep Singh.
Bench: Karima Gore, Nisarg Patel/Ali Khan, Timil Patel.
Cameron Gannon’s BBL experience came handy as he took 2/31 in his four overs. The former Zimbabwe ODI player Gregory Strydom a good start for the Cayman Islands. He scored 49 runs before getting dismissed on his T20I debut.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Jaskaran Malhotra, Steven Taylor, Steven Taylor
Vice-captain – Paul Manning, Hayden Walsh Jr, Luke Harrington Myers
Paul Manning and Luke Harrington Myers could be among the top performers for the Cayman Islands in this game.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Jaskaran Malhotra
Batsmen – Steven Taylor, Aaron Jones, Gregory Strydom (C)
All-Rounders – Alistair Ifill, Conroy Wright, Paul Manning, Hayden Walsh Jr (VC)
Bowlers – Cameron Gannon, Jasdeep Singh, Troy Taylor
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Jaskaran Malhotra (C)
Batsmen – Gregory Strydom, Aaron Jones, Monank Patel
All-Rounders – Luke Harrington Myers (VC), Paul Manning, Hayden Walsh Jr, Conroy Wright
Bowlers – Cameron Gannon, Troy Taylor, Saurabh Netravalkar
Many people prefer Xavier Marshall based on his experience in Windies colours. He along with the Cayman Islands skipper Alessandro Morris can be avoided. Both players have fewer chances of gaining big points.
The USA is expected to register their first win of the tournament against the Cayman Islands.
*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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