The 4th match of the 2020 ICC Under-19s World Cup, Group D will be played between United Arab Emirates Under-19s and Canada Under-19s at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (1:30 PM IST) (8:00 AM GMT)
An interesting battle in Group D will be played between United Arab Emirates Under-19s and Canada Under-19s on Saturday. Both the teams are far better compared to their reputation and their performances in the warm-ups proved that fact. UAE got better of the New Zealand U19s in a thriller before thumping Japan by a huge margin. On the other hand, Canada nearly ripped through the 2016 Champions West Indies in their first warm-up but were demolished by a formidable Australian side.
The game between UAE and Canada is likely to be interrupted by the weather as scattered thunderstorms are expected from 3 PM local time.
The Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein hosted only one Youth ODI till date – Between New Zealand and Zimbabwe in 1998 U19 CWC which the Blackcaps won by 10 wickets chasing 98. During the Provisional 50-over tournament held in 2019/20, the teams batting first posted 275+ totals in both matches. Hence, we can expect both the sides to cross the 250-run mark on Saturday.
Average first innings score: N/A (Youth ODIs since 2010)
Record of chasing teams: N/A
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
United Arab Emirates Under-19s:
Aryan Lakra (C), Vriitya Aravind (WK), Jonathan Figy, Ansh Tandon, Kai Smith, Alishan Sharafu, Osama Hassan, Mohammed Faraazuddin, Karthik Meiyappan, Rishab Mukherjee, Sanchit Sharma.
Bench – Ali Naseer, Wasi Shah, Chathiya Dashan, Akasha Tahir.
Randhir Sandhu, Eshan Sensarma (WK), Akhil Kumar, Benjamin Caliitz, Ashtan Deosammy (C), Udaybir Walia, Ayush Verma, Muhammad Kamal, Raqib Shamsudeen, Gurjot Gosal, Rishiv Joshi.
Bench – Arshdeep Dhaliwal, Matthew Nandu, Nicholas Manohar, Mihir Patel.
Ashtan Deosammy might not be that consistent but has the ability to make big scores. His 155-run knock during the qualification tournaments is an example for it. The Canada skipper also picks up wickets but doesn’t bowl regularly. Raqib Shamsudeen bagged 12 wickets including a 5-fer across the four matches he played before coming to South Africa. Alishan Sharafu scored 210 runs at an average of 30 for the UAE Under-19s and took 5 wickets in the 8 innings he bowled for them. Vriitya Aravind will be crucial for them with the bat as he averages 57 for UAE U19s having scored 342 runs from 9 innings with two fifties.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Vriitya Aravind, Ashtan Deosammy, Aryan Lakra
Vice-Captain – Ansh Tandon, Raqib Shamsudeen, Alishan Sharafu
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Vriitya Aravind
Batters – Jonathan Figy, Ansh Tandon, Randhir Sandhu, Ashtan Deosammy (VC)
All-Rounders – Amit Kumar, Aryan Lakra (C)
Bowlers – Raqib Shamsudeen, Karthik Meiyappan, Rishab Mukherjee, Rishiv Joshi
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Vriitya Aravind (C)
Batters – Ashtan Deosammy, Randhir Sandhu, Ansh Tandon
All-Rounders – Amit Kumar (VC), Aryan Lakra, Alishan Sharafu
Bowlers – Raqib Shamsudeen, Karthik Meiyappan, Rishab Mukherjee, Ayush Verma
Considering the depth and form of the players in Canada and UAE teams, it won’t be ideal to pick seven players from any team. Both the teams have enough quality players but UAE has players with experience of International cricket at senior level. Hence, we picked six players from their squad.
UAE Under-19s are expected to win this match due to experienced players on their side.
*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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