The Final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers, 2019 will be played between the Netherlands and Papua New Guinea will be played at the Dubai Cricket International Stadium.
The match starts at 7:30 PM local time (3:30 PM GMT) (9:00 PM IST).
This game can be live on Star Sports 3 in India and live streaming is available on Hotstar.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers will finally come to an end on Saturday when the Netherlands takes on Papua New Guinea in the final. The two teams were placed in the Group A where they finished in top two positions. P.N.G’s only defeat in the tournament came against Scotland that too by only four runs. The Dutch team’s only loss came against PNG only who defeated them by 5 wickets.
The result of the game played a key role in PNG’s direct qualification to the T20 World Cup. However, the Netherlands joined them by defeating the hosts UAE by a huge margin. In the semi-final, the Dutch side got better of Ireland. The Irish team which was group B toppers finished with only 137/9 in their 20 overs chasing 159. PNG won their semis against Namibia by 18 runs while defending 130.
The weather forecast suggests clear skies throughout the evening over the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
The scores in the night matches at the Dubai Stadium in this tournament have got lower in this week. The tournament has been a packed one and the result of that is getting shown in the slowness of the tracks. Unless a special effort from Netherlands with the bat, we might not see a total over 140.
Average first innings score: 164 (T20I matches in 2019 played in the night)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 5
Injury and Availability:
Damien Ravu suffered a cut on hand while completing a return catch on Friday.
Probable Playing XIs:
Max O’Dowd, Ben Cooper, Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate, Pieter Seelaar (C), Roelof van der Merwe, Scott Edwards (WK), Brandon Glover, Paul van Meekeren, Fred Klaassen, Timm van der Gugten.
Bench – Tobias Visée, Philippe Boissevain, Tonny Staal, Shane Snater.
Papua New Guinea:
Tony Ura, Assad Vala (C), Lega Siaka, Charles Amini, Sese Bau, Riley Hekure, Kiplin Doriga (WK), Norman Vanua, Chad Soper, Jason Kila, Nosaina Pokana.
Bench – Damien Ravu, John Reva, Simon Atai, Hiri Hiri.
Norman Vanua has taken ten wickets in the tournament and also scored 109 runs from five innings. The three pacers Brandon Glover, Paul van Meekeren and Timm van der Gugten have collectively bagged 38 wickets thus far. Roelof van der Merwe scored only 77 runs with the bat in the tournament but has 12 wickets from 8 games.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Colin Ackermann, Norman Vanua, Assad Vala, Roelof van der Merwe.
Vice-Captain – Max O’Dowd, Pieter Seelaar, Charles Amini, Tony Ura.
With 189 runs and 9 wickets in the tournament, the PNG skipper Assad Vala will be perfect for a multiplier option.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Scott Edwards
Batters – Max O’Dowd, Ben Cooper, Tony Ura
All-Rounders – Colin Ackermann (VC), Roelof van der Merwe, Assad Vala (C), Charles Amini
Bowlers – Paul van Meekeren, Norman Vanua, Nosaina Pokana
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Kiplin Doriga
Batters – Max O’Dowd, Ryan ten Doeschate, Sese Bau
All-Rounders – Pieter Seelaar, Assad Vala, Charles Amini, Roelof van der Merwe (C)
Bowlers – Paul van Meekeren, Norman Vanua (VC), Timm van der Gugten
Papua New Guinea has fielded same 11 players in all the seven matches in this tournament. However, injury to Damien Ravu will see them making a change finally. The Netherlands, on the other hand, don’t have much issues to deal with are likely to be unchanged for the previous match.
Netherlands’ pace attack could help them win the title.
*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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