Qatar and Kuwait face off in a crucial game on Friday which will decide their fate in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Region Final tournament. Qatar faced the hosts Singapore in the first game of the tournament and lost by 33 runs chasing a target of 187. They bounced back with a win against the favourites Nepal. They chased down Nepal’s total of 122 with four wickets and four balls to spare.
On the other hand, Kuwait also suffered a defeat on the opening day of the tournament. On a track that was getting slow down, they got bowled out for 120 in 18 overs in pursuit of Malaysia’s 162. Kuwait looked set to narrow down the losing margin but lost their last seven wickets in the space of five overs. Their second match against Singapore got abandoned due to rain that got the outfield unfit for play.
The 6th match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Region Final 2019 will be played between Kuwait and Qatar will be hosted by the Indian Association Ground in Singapore.
The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (7:00 AM IST) (1:30 AM GMT). This game will be streamed live on Singapore cricket facebook page.
Last five completed T20I matches:
Kuwait: L, L, T (L), W, L.
Qatar: W, L, W, T (W), L.
The rains in the last couple of days helped the pitch to quicken up after 3 straight matches on the same track. 169 runs were scored across 17 overs in the rain-affected game between Nepal and Malaysia proves the same. Anything over 150 can be expected from the first batting team during this game.
Average first innings score: 157 (unaffected T20I matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
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.
Inam-ul-Haq, Faisal Javid Khan, Kamran Khan, Mohammad Tanveer, Tamoor Sajjad (C), Nouman Sarwar, Mohammed Rizlan (WK), Zaheer Ibrahim, Awais Malik, Iqbal Hussain, Mohammed Nadeem.
Bench: Qalandar Khan, Gayan Munaweera, Musawar Shah.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Inam-ul-Haq in T20I cricket:
With bat – 197 runs from 10 innings at an average of 24.62 with 1 fifty
With ball – 7 wickets from 9 innings at an average of 26.14
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Muhammad Kashif, Tamoor Sajjad, Ravija Sandaruwan, Nouman Sarwar
Vice-Captain Options: Inam-ul-Haq, Usman Waheed, Mohammad Tanveer, Ilyas Ahmed,
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Usman Waheed
Batsmen – Kamran Khan, Mohammad Tanveer, Ravija Sandaruwan
All-Rounders – Nouman Sarwar, Inam-ul-Haq, Tamoor Sajjad (VC), Muhammad Kashif (C)
Bowlers – Shiraz Khan, Mohammad Ahsan, Iqbal Hussain
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Usman Waheed
Batsmen – Ravija Sandaruwan (C), Faisal Javid Khan, Mohammad Tanveer, Sankar Varathappan
All-Rounders – Muhammad Kashif, Tamoor Sajjad, Nouman Sarwar (VC)
Bowlers – Iqbal Hussain, Mohammed Nadeem, Ilyas Ahmed
Kuwait’s Ravija Sandaruwan has an interesting T20I career as he scored a century, two fifties and a 40+ score in four of the eight innings. In the remaining four innings, the opener got out for single digits including two ducks. Interestingly, a 40+ score was followed by a single digit score and vice versa. Going by that streak, he becomes big pick during the game against Qatar having bagged a duck in against Malaysia.
Qatar is expected to defeat Kuwait having gained the confidence from the win against Nepal.
*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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