Malaysia and Qatar find themselves in similar position ahead of their clash on Saturday in the T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier. For qualifying for the next stage, which is the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers, both the teams need a really huge win. The hosts Singapore is one of the two sides that makes through to the Qualifiers. Singapore won two matches out of the three they played while another game was abandoned.
Four teams are fighting for the remaining one spot but Malaysia and Qatar’s chances depend on other results. The two teams need Nepal to beat Kuwait on Saturday morning as Kuwait’s points tally goes to five if they win this game and will join Singapore. At the same time, the two sides have to win this game by around 50 runs so that they can be ahead of Nepal on NRR if Singapore beats them on Sunday.
The 9th match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Region Final 2019 will be played between Malaysia and Qatar 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). This game will be streamed live on Singapore cricket Facebook page.
Last five completed T20Is:
Malaysia: L, L, W, L, L.
Qatar: L, W, L, W, T (W).
The tracks here at Indian Association Ground in Singapore get slow down quickly. The afternoon matches have been on the slower side very often. The game between Malaysia and Qatar will be the 2nd match of the day and probably the 4th game in the space of two days. Anything over 140 can be winning total for the sides batting first.
Average first innings score: 152 (unaffected T20I matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3
Probable Playing XIs:
Virandeep Singh, Anwar Arudin, Syed Aziz, Shafiq Sharif, Ahmad Faiz (C), Aminuddin Ramly, Muhamad Syahadat, Sharvin Muniandy, Muhammad Anwar, Fitri Sham, Neville Liyanage.
Bench: Abdul Rashid, Nazril Rahman, Pasha Syafiq Ali, Pavandeep Singh.
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)
Muhammad Syahadat in T20I cricket:
With bat – 120 runs from 8 innings at an average of 24
With ball – 11 wickets from 7 innings at an average of 10.54 (Leading wicket-taker for Malaysia)
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Tamoor Sajjad, Syed Aziz, Inam-ul-Haq, Muhamad Syahadat, Nouman Sarwar
Vice-captain Options – Ahmad Faiz, Iqbal Hussain, Shafiq Sharif, Mohammad Tanveer, Muhammad Anwar
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Mohammed Rizlan
Batsmen – Faisal Javid Khan, Mohammad Tanveer, Aminuddin Ramly, Muhamad Syahadat (VC)
All-Rounders – Tamoor Sajjad (C), Nouman Sarwar, Syed Aziz
Bowlers – Fitri Sham, Iqbal Hussain, Neville Liyanage
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Shafiq Sharif
Batsmen – Faisal Javid Khan, Kamran Khan, Muhamad Syahadat
All-Rounders – Tamoor Sajjad, Inam-ul-Haq (C), Nouman Sarwar, Syed Aziz (VC)
Bowlers – Iqbal Hussain, Muhammad Anwar, Neville Liyanage
There are quite a lot of all-rounders available for this game. Tamoor Sajjad and Nouman Sarwar are the best among the lost while Syed Aziz is consistent. Inam-ul-Haq, on his day, could be the MVP of the match.
Kuwait is expected to finish off the tournament with a win despite a tough fight from Malaysia.
*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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