The 8th game of the 2019 Oman Men’s CWC Challenge League B will be played between Italy and Hong Kong at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground Oman Cricket (Ministry Turf 1).
The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (5:30 AM GMT) (11:00 PM IST).
Hong Kong made a super start to the CWC Challenge with consecutive wins with help of all-round performances from Kinchit Shah and Waqas Barkat. Kinchit, especially, has been brilliant with both bat and ball. In the first match, he scored an unbeaten hundred and took a couple of wickets while in the previous match, he scored an unbeaten fifty and took a 3-fer. They will now face Italy as they aim 3rd successive win of the tournament. Italy started with a win against Kenya but lost to Jersey. They will now be hoping to get back into winning ways as early as possible.
The CWC Challenge will finally be troubled by the weather as there is a great chance of rain throughout the match on Sunday.
The Ministry Turf 1 has recorded three successful chases out of four matches in this tournament. The only team to win batting first in this tournament was Uganda who posted 248 and won by mere 25 runs. Considering this trend, we can say that the track here stays low and slow. Italy will be fancying their chances on such a track against Hong Kong.
Average first innings score: 210 (Matches in CWC Challenge)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 1
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Gian-Piero Meade, Nikolai Smith, Nicholas Maiolo, Joy Perera (C), Gareth Berg, Michael Ross, Rehman Abdul, Manpreet Singh (WK), Rakibul Hasan, Zahid Cheema, Luis di Giglio.
Bench – Jaspreet Singh, Madupa Fernando, Fida Hussain.
Nizakat Khan, Adit Gorawara, Shahid Wasif, Kinchit Shah, Waqas Barkat, Haroon Arshad, Aizaz Khan (C), Raunaq Kapur, Ehsan Khan, Aftab Hussain, Aarush Bhagwat (WK).
Bench – Ahsan Abbasi, Hassan Khan Mohammad, Nasrulla Rana.
Gareth Berg has not made a mark yet with the bat but claimed five wickets across two matches thus far. Nicholas Maiolo took four wickets despite conceding runs at an economy close to 6. He can be a handy batsman for Italy if a situation arises. Kinchit Shah amassed 175 runs in two matches without being dismissed and also claimed five wickets. Waqas Barkat also picked up five wickets and scored 90 runs including a fifty.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Kinchit Shah, Waqas Barkat, Gareth Berg.
Vice-Captain – Joy Perera, Nicholas Maiolo, Nizakat Khan.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Manpreet Singh
Batters – Waqas Barkat, Joy Perera, Gian-Piero Meade
All-Rounders – Gareth Berg (VC), Nicholas Maiolo, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah (C)
Bowlers – Ehsan Khan, Aftab Hussain, Rakibul Hasan
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Aarush Bhagwat
Batters – Waqas Barkat (C), Rehman Abdul, Gian-Piero Meade
All-Rounders – Gareth Berg, Nicholas Maiolo (VC), Aizaz Khan, Kinchit Shah
Bowlers – Ehsan Khan, Rakibul Hasan, Zahid Cheema
The all-rounders’ category is packed by the players who are well-reputed. However, picking only one of Nizakat Khan and Aizaz Khan will be a safe option at the moment. Both the players are not as dominant as the others who can be effective with both bat and ball in the same game.
Hong Kong is expected to win this match.
*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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