The 5th match of the 2020 ICC Under-19s World Cup, Group B will be played between Australia Under-19s and West Indies Under-19s at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (1:30 PM IST) (8:00 AM GMT)
This game can be viewed on Star Sports 3 in India. Live streaming available on Hotstar.
The runners up of the Australia Under-19s will face the winners of the 2016 edition, West Indies Under-19s. The Australians are considered as one of the contenders to win this tournament. Their first warm-up match against Bangladesh was a Tie but bounced back with big win against Canada. West Indies, on the other hand, survived a scare of losing to Canada. The history is on Australia’s side as they won all the seven matches in the U19 CWC against the Caribbean boys. It is the most one-sided battle between any two sides in competition history.
Few clouds could be hovering around the Diamond Oval on Saturday. No major interruptions are expected during the match even if it rains.
Kimberley’s Diamond Oval hosted the tournament between Afghanistan and South Africa where the home side were rolled over for just 129. There was a little help for the seamers early on but not much for the spinners like the Afghans exploited. Hence, we can expect big totals on Saturday when two big batting line-ups clash off.
Average first innings score: 129 (Youth ODIs in 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 1
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Liam Scott, Sam Fanning, Mackenzie Harvey (C), Lachlan Hearne, Oliver Davies, Patrick Rowe (WK), Todd Murphy, Tanveer Sangha, Liam Marshall, Corey Kelly, Bradley Simpson.
Bench – Jake Fraser-McGurk, Matthew Willans, Cooper Connolly, Connor Sully
West Indies Under-19s:
Kimani Melius (C), Mbeki Joseph, Leonardo Julian (WK), Kevlon Anderson, Matthew Patrick, Antonio Morris, Matthew Forde, Joshua James, Nyeem Young, Ashmead Nedd, Jayden Seales.
Bench – Kirk McKenzie, Ramon Simmonds, Daniel Beckford, Avinash Mahabirsingh,
Nyeem Young is going to crucial for the West Indies who has scored 210 runs and bagged 16 wickets in Youth ODIs thus far. Mackenzie Harvey scored 358 runs in 6 Youth ODIs at an average 89.5 with a century and three fifties; all the four fifty-plus scores coming in the previous four innings. Harvey has experience of playing at a higher level and that has helped to succeed here. Oliver Davies has four fifties across seven innings in Youth ODI cricket for the Aussies and also bagged four wickets in those matches. Matthew Forde has done well for the West Indies Under-19s thus far with 11 wickets in six matches at this level.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Mackenzie Harvey, Tanveer Sangha, Nyeem Young
Vice-Captain – Kimani Melius, Matthew Forde, Oliver Davies
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Leonardo Julian
Batters – Mackenzie Harvey (C), Sam Fanning, Kimani Melius (VC)
All-Rounders – Oliver Davies, Matthew Forde, Tanveer Sangha, Nyeem Young
Bowlers – Ashmead Nedd, Todd Murphy, Corey Kelly
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Leonardo Julian
Batters – Mackenzie Harvey, Lachlan Hearne, Kimani Melius
All-Rounders – Oliver Davies, Matthew Forde, Nyeem Young (VC), Tanveer Sangha (C)
Bowlers – Todd Murphy, Corey Kelly, Matthew Patrick
There are more than 11 players in both the squads who are capable of making it to the starting XI. Hence, the playing XIs will be tough to predict until the toss. Performances of players in the pre-tournament events and warm-up matches are one of the reasons. Hence, we have picked as many as nine players same in our both Suggested Fantasy XIs.
Australia Under-19s are expected to continue their winning run over the West Indies.
*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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