The 6th match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Region Final 2019 will be played between Canada and United States of America (USA) at the White Hill Field in Sandys Parish, Hamilton.
The match starts at 3:30 PM local time (12:00 PM IST) (6:30 PM GMT).
Canada and the United States of America will meet for the first time in this tournament who are considered as the favourites to finish in top two. Canada began with a big win against the Cayman Islands in their first match. Ravinderpal Singh’s century on T20I debut was the highlight from that match. Their 2nd match against Bermuda got washed out in a dramatic scenario.
Chasing a target of 83 from 16 overs, the Canada team raced to 40/0 in only four overs. However, no more play was possible while the minimum five overs were required to determine the result. On the other hand, USA was stunned by Bermuda in the tournament opener. However, USA bounced back with a win against the Cayman Islands on Monday which was their maiden T20I victory.
The weather report doesn’t suggest any threat from the rain during the 2nd match. Interestingly, the weather forecast for Monday was also similar where the rain spoiled both matches on the same day.
The pitch at the White Hill Field in Sandys Parish is expected to play better than how it did during the first day of the tournament. The dominance of the spinners is expected to remain.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Navneet Dhaliwal (C), Rodrigo Thomas, Ravinderpal Singh, Nitish Kumar, Hamza Tariq (WK), Nikhil Dutta, Saad bin Zafar, Abraash Khan, Dilon Heyliger, Rizwan Cheema, Romesh Eranga.
Bench: Harsh Thaker, Cecil Pervez, Junaid Siddiqui.
United States of America (USA):
Jaskaran Malhotra (WK), Xavier Marshall, Steven Taylor, Aaron Jones, Monank Patel, Timil Patel, Hayden Walsh Jr, Nisarg Patel, Timroy Allen, Saurabh Netravalkar (C), Cameron Gannon.
Bench: Karima Gore, Ali Khan, Jasdeep Singh.
Romesh Eranga kick-started his T20I career in style. He claimed five wickets in the first two matches at the cost of 23 runs. In List A cricket, Eranga claimed 27 wickets in only ten matches for the USA. Aaron Jones has got the best batting average among the active players for the USA. Jones scored 686 runs from 21 innings at an average of 49 with a hundred and five fifties across all formats for the USA including unofficial matches.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Hayden Walsh Jr, Aaron Jones, Nisarg Patel
Vice-captain – Nitish Kumar, Navneet Dhaliwal, Romesh Eranga
Hayden Walsh Jr is a perfect package. He will give points through his bowling, some exceptional fielding efforts and also with the bat if he gets a chance.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Jaskaran Malhotra
Batsmen – Nitish Kumar, Aaron Jones (C), Navneet Dhaliwal, Timil Patel, Ravinderpal Singh
All-Rounders – Hayden Walsh Jr
Bowlers – Romesh Eranga (VC), Nisarg Patel, Nikhil Dutta, Dilon Heyliger
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Jaskaran Malhotra
Batsmen – Rodrigo Thomas, Nitish Kumar (VC), Timil Patel, Aaron Jones
All-Rounders – Hayden Walsh Jr (C)
Bowlers – Romesh Eranga, Cameron Gannon, Nisarg Patel, Nikhil Dutta, Dilon Heyliger
The pitch conditions could decide the role of a player especially in the games played by Canada and the USA. An example of this is pacer Cameron Gannon not getting a chance to bowl after an impressive debut.
Canada will enter this fixture as the favourites.
*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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