The 5th match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Region Final 2019 will be played between Bermuda and Cayman Islands 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).
Bermuda and Cayman Islands were considered to be the weaker nations in the Americas Region Final ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers. However, Bermuda stunned the United States of America (USA) in the very first match by six runs. Delray Rawlins played a key role with both bat and ball in that victory. They later faced Canada on Monday in what was a thrilling match ending in a washout.
The hosts made only 82/9 in the restricted 16 overs. Canada was going at a quick pace in the chase scoring 40 runs without a loss in only four overs. However, the rain gods had no mercy in allowing Canada to finish their one over before the next match. They will now be up against Cayman Islands who nearly took down the USA in a rain-affected low-scoring match despite finishing on 68/8 in 20 overs.
The weather forecast does suggest another dry period during the match. However, the matches on Monday were affected by the rain despite the positive forecast.
Compared to the National Stadium, the White Hill Field pitch is slightly quicker. With two days gap and rains in between, the track at the White Hill Field is expected to play better. Teams batting first could be aiming 140-150 as a winning score.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Okera Bascome (WK), Kamau Leverock, Delray Rawlins, Allan Douglas, Onais Bascome, Terryn Fray (C), Malachi Jones, Deunte Darrell, George O’Brien Jr, Rodney Trott, Justin Pitcher.
Bench: Sinclair Smith, Macai Simmons, Zeko Burgess, Kyle Hodsoll, Derrick Brangman.
Sacha DeAlwis, Chad Hauptfleisch (WK), Darren Cato, Gregory Strydom, Luke Harrington Myers, Omar Willis/Akhilesh Gavade, Paul Manning, Troy Taylor, Alistair Ifill, Conroy Wright, Alessandro Morris (C).
Bench: Zachary McLaughlin, Omar Willis/Akhilesh Gavade, Kervin Ebanks.
Had Bermuda played more matches with official status, George O’Brien Jr would have been their leading wicket-taker. Such was his impact with the ball for his country. Luke Harrington Myers is probably the best player of Cayman Islands but didn’t feature in the first game. He scored an unbeaten 17 and stood as the top-scorer for his team and later two a couple of wickets.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain: Delray Rawlins, Luke Harrington Myers, Kamau Leverock
Vice-Captain: Gregory Strydom, Paul Manning, Okera Bascome
Gregory Strydom has got the experience on his side. On his day, he could score a solid 40 which makes him ideal as vice-captain.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Okera Bascome
Batsmen – Delray Rawlins (C), Gregory Strydom, Sacha DeAlwis
All-Rounders – Kamau Leverock, Luke Harrington Myers (VC), Alistair Ifill, Deunte Darrell
Bowlers – Troy Taylor, Alessandro Morris, George O’Brien Jr
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Okera Bascome
Batsmen – Gregory Strydom (VC), Delray Rawlins, Onais Bascome
All-Rounders – Paul Manning, Conroy Wright, Kamau Leverock (C), Luke Harrington Myers
Bowlers – Justin Pitcher, Troy Taylor, George O’Brien Jr
Some of the big names who entered into this tournament from these two sides failed to make an impact so far. That is the reason why such players have been ignored in our Suggested XIs.
Bermuda is expected to remain unbeaten but the Cayman Islands could spring a surprise.
*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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