The 9th game of the Oman Pentangular T20I Series, 2019 will be played between Netherlands and Hong Kong at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground Oman Cricket (Ministry Turf 1) in Al Amarat.
The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (05:30 AM GMT) (11:00 AM IST).
This game can be viewed on the YouTube channel of Oman.
Among the five teams in the series, Hong Kong has looked the rustiest. The team, led by Kinchit Shah, are languishing at the bottom of the points table after defeats in their first three matches. Their Net Run Rate of -2.108 also shows the travails they have had thus far. Even as their bowling has been more or less decent, it’s the batting unit that has led Hong Kong down big time.
Their last game is versus Netherlands and they’ll be looking to bow out on a positive note. Netherlands, on the other hand, haven’t looked at their best by any stretch of the imagination. The Pieter Seelaar-led unit is placed fourth on the table with defeats in their first two games. Along with Hong Kong, it’s Netherlands last encounter as well and both sides won’t want to remain winless.
The conditions will be bright and sunny with no chances of rain whatsoever. There will be absolutely not clouds throughout the duration of the match. The temperature will be around the 32 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity will be in the 30s, making the ambiance a pleasant one for cricket.
The track at Al Amerat hasn’t been overly batting friendly. Scores around 150 has been a regularity. The strip has given assistance to the spinners. In the four morning matches, two apiece have been won by the chasing and defending teams. However, both teams lost their earlier morning games while defending and hence, they may wish to chase and make amends.
Average first innings score: 150 (Last 7 T20Is)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 3
(Will be added when there is an update).
Probable Playing XIs:
Tobias Visee, Max O’Dowd, Antonius Staal, Colin Ackermann, Pieter Seelaar (C), Roelof van der Merwe, Scott Edwards (wk), Shane Snater, Fred Klaasen, Paul van Meekeren, Brandon Glover
Bench– Ben Cooper, Philippe Boissevain, Ryan ten Doeschate, Timm van der Gugten
Ahsan Abbasi, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah (C), Scott McKechnie (wk), Waqas Barkat, Haroon Arshad, Raag Kapur, Ehsan Khan, Nasrullah Rana, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Kyle Christie
Bench- Aizaz Khan, Waqas Khan, Shahid Wasif, Aarush Bhagwat
Max O’Dowd has scored 81 runs at an average of 40.50 with a strike-rate of 120.89. With scores of 38 and 43, he has taken his team off to flying starts on a number of instances.
Kyle Christie has five wickets in the series at an average of 15.60 and has been Hong Hong’s standout bowler. He has an economy of 7.09, showing his sheer accuracy.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Max O’Dowd, Kinchit Shah, Colin Ackermann
Vice-Captain – Ehsan Khan, Kyle Christie, Roelof van der Merwe
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Tobias Visee
Batters – Max O’Dowd (C), Ahsan Abbasi, Nizakat Khan
All-Rounders – Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe
Bowlers – Paul van Meekeren, Shane Snater, Ehsan Khan (VC), Kyle Christie, Haroon Arshad
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Scott Edwards, Scott McKenchie
Batters – Max O’Dowd, Ahsan Abbasi, Nizakat Khan
All-Rounders – Pieter Seelaar, Roelof van der Merwe, Kinchit Shah (C)
Bowlers – Fred Klaasen, Ehsan Khan, Kyle Christie (VC)
One can pick more Netherlands players since the team has more experience than Hong Kong.
Netherlands should finally open their account in the tournament.
*Disclaimer: These picks were made 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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