Singapore made their T20I debut in grand style with a comfortable 33-run win against Qatar in the opening game of the T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier. Singapore, the hosts of the tournament, posted 186/7 in their 20 overs. All the top four batsmen scored 30+ runs to set the platform for a big total. Janak Prakash and skipper Amjab Mahboob took three wickets apiece to restrict Qatar to 153/9.
Singapore might not have played a T20I prior to this game but won 8 out of nine T20 games they played in 2017 and 2018. In the second game, the home team will take on Kuwait who began the tournament with a defeat. Chasing a target of 163, Kuwait were 82/3 from 12 overs as their captain Muhammad Kashif scored a fifty. In hope of matching the RRR, Kuwait kept losing wickets and were bowled out for 120 in 18 overs.
The 4th match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Region Final 2019 will be played between Singapore and Kuwait will be hosted by the Indian Association Ground in Singapore.
The match starts at 2:00 PM local time (11:30 AM IST) (6:00 AM GMT).
Last five completed Twenty20 matches (including unofficial ones):
Singapore: W, W, W, W, W.
Kuwait: L, L, T (L), W, L.
The first game on opening day witnessed 330 runs aggregated by both sides. However, scores came down in the afternoon as both matches were played on the same pitch. This gives the indications of the track getting slower as the game progresses.
Average first innings score: 172 (T20I matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
Rohan Rangarajan, Surendran Chandramohan, Tim David, Manpreet Singh (WK), Chetan Suryawanshi, Janak Prakash, Anantha Krishna, Anish Paraam, Selladore Vijayakumar, Vinoth Baskaran, Amjad Mahboob (C).
Bench: Navin Param, Rezza Gaznavi, Aahan Achar.
Ravija Sandaruwan, Sankar Varathappan, Adnan Idrees, Muhammad Kashif (C), Usman Waheed (WK), Shiraz Khan, Bilal Tahir, Mohammed Aslam, Mohammad Ahsan, Ilyas Ahmed, Nawaf Ahmed.
Bench: Jandu Hamoud, Morshed Mostafa Sarwar, Meet Bhavsar, Naveed Fakhr.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Ravija Sandaruwan in T20I cricket:
317 runs from 8 innings at an average of 45.28 with a century and 2 fifties. (Highest run-getter for Kuwait)
Sandaruwan also has two ducks and is the only player to bag more than one duck for Kuwait. In eight innings, he got out less than ten on four occasions and scored more than 40 on four instances.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Muhammad Kashif, Ravija Sandaruwan, Tim David, Janak Prakash, Chetan Suryawanshi
Vice-captain Options – Amjad Mahboob, Adnan Idrees, Rohan Rangarajan, Adnan Idrees, Usman Waheed
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Manpreet Singh
Batsmen – Tim David (VC), Surendran Chandramohan, Ravija Sandaruwan, Adnan Idrees
All-Rounders – Rohan Rangarajan, Muhammad Kashif (C), Janak Prakash
Bowlers – Mohammad Ahsan, Ilyas Ahmed, Amjad Mahboob
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Usman Waheed, Chetan Suryawanshi (VC)
Batsmen – Tim David, Ravija Sandaruwan (C), Adnan Idrees
All-Rounders – Vinoth Baskaran, Muhammad Kashif, Mohammed Aslam
Bowlers – Shiraz Khan, Anantha Krishna, Amjad Mahboob
Singapore’s Chetan Suryawanshi is included as wicket-keeper for this game. He regularly bowls a couple of overs and took a wicket in the game against Kuwait. He could be an extra all-rounder due to his inclusion to keeper’s category.
The confidence of winning the first game might help Singapore to beat Kuwait.
*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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