The 9th game of the 2019 Oman Men’s CWC Challenge League B will be played between Bermuda and Kenya at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground Oman Cricket (Ministry Turf 2).
The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (5:30 AM GMT) (11:00 PM IST).
Bermuda and Kenya made similar starts to the CWC Challenge as both sides lost their first two matches. They will be now facing off in Sunday’s fixture hoping to register their first win. There is a good chance of both the teams opening their points tally with this match as the weather is expected to be a spoilsport. Both Kenya and Bermuda had witnessed some brilliant individual efforts but in vain. The management will be hoping those individual performers come together on Sunday and deliver in the team’s maiden win.
It will be a miracle to get a full match on Sunday as showers are predicted during the morning and thunderstorm in the afternoon.
All the three List A matches at the Ministry Turf 2 ground in Al Amerat have witnessed 250+ totals by the sides batting first. Two of them were chased down showing how good the pitch can be for batting. Another total around 270 could be seen on Sunday at this venue. Both the teams have enough depth in batting and can be seen chasing them down.
Average first innings score: 275 (List A matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Terryn Fray (C), Kamau Leverock, Tre Manders, Delray Rawlins, Duente Darrell, Okera Bascome, Onais Bascome, Justin Pitcher, Sinclair Smith (WK), Kyle Hodsoll, Zeko Burgess.
Bench – Dion Stovell, Pierre Smith, Derrick Brangman, Coolidge Durham.
Irfan Karim (WK), Dhiren Gondaria, Naman Patel, Rakep Patel, Collins Obuya (C), Shem Ngoche, Rushab Patel, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Lucas Oluoch, Lameck Onyango, Jadhavji Bhimji.
Bench – Aman Gandhi, Sachin Bhudia, Emmanuel Bundi.
Kamau Leverock and Tre Manders scored fifties in both matches while Delray Rawlins struck a half-century in the previous game. Leverock and Rawlins also bowl a handy number of overs. Irfan Karim scored 71 in the first match and 37 in the previous fixture. Skipper Collins Obuya took three wickets and also aggregated 41 runs in two matches thus far.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Kamau Leverock, Collins Obuya, Irfan Karim.
Vice-Captain – Rakep Patel, Tre Manders, Delray Rawlins.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Irfan Karim (VC)
Batters – Kamau Leverock (C), Tre Manders, Dhiren Gondaria, Rushab Patel
All-Rounders – Collins Obuya, Delray Rawlins
Bowlers – Nehemiah Odhiambo, Okera Bascome, Lucas Oluoch, Justin Pitcher
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sinclair Smith
Batters – Kamau Leverock, Waqas Barkat, Dhiren Gondaria, Rakep Patel
All-Rounders – Collins Obuya (C), Shem Ngoche, Delray Rawlins (VC)
Bowlers – Nehemiah Odhiambo, Okera Bascome, Justin Pitcher
Though there are quite a few names in the all-rounders’ category, none except Collins Obuya and Delray Rawlins have been consistent. Hence, we have picked an extra batsman in both Suggested XIs given the pitch suiting big totals.
Bermuda is expected to register their first win of the tournament.
*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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