The 6th game of the 2019 Scotland ODI Tri-Series is played between Oman and Papua New Guinea (P.N.G) will be hosted by the Mannofield Park in Aberdeen.
The match starts at 11:00 AM local time (10:00 AM GMT) (3:30 PM IST).
Oman began the Tri-Series with back to back wins against Papua New Guinea (P.N.G) and the hosts Scotland. However, the followed it with a huge 85-run loss against Scotland. That defeat is going to cost the Oman team from winning the Tri-Series. Post this defeat, Oman’s NRR came down to -0.385. At the same time, hat-trick wins pushed Scotland’s NRR to +0.556.
This meant Oman now need to win by more than 150 runs in the last match of this Tri-Series against P.N.G. This means that the Scottish side is set to win the tournament. P.N.G, on the other hand, lost all the three matches they played thus far. Though the margin of their defeats has been quite small, it was their inability to excel in key situations that cost them every time.
Not even one over across the five matches in this Tri-Series has been reduced due to rain. The streak might finally come to an end if the weather forecast for Wednesday come true. The precipitation levels gradually increase from 40% to 70% starting from 1 PM local time.
Mannofield Park has slowly become a den for the spinners. The last couple of matches witnessed spinners taking a majority of wickets. The pacers who can bowl the cutters and variations could be benefited by the pitch in Aberdeen. The first three matches were won by chasing teams. But the chasing got tougher as suggested by the results in the last two games.
Average first innings score: 213 (ODI matches in 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Jatinder Singh, Khawar Ali, Aqib Ilyas, Zeeshan Maqsood (C), Mohammad Nadeem, Suraj Kumar (WK), Sandeep Goud, Khurram Nawaz, Fayyaz Butt, Ajay Lalcheta, Bilal Khan.
Bench – Kaleemullah, Aamir Kaleem, Jay Odedra.
Papua New Guinea (P.N.G):
Tony Ura, Gaudi Toka, Assad Vala (C), Charles Amini, Chad Soper, Lega Siaka, Kiplin Doriga (WK), Sese Bau, Norman Vanua, Damien Ravu, Nosaina Pokana.
Bench – Riley Hekure, Hiri Hiri, Simon Atai.
Zeeshan Maqsood didn’t earn any points in the previous game as he failed to pick a wicket and bagged a duck. He has the potential to produce a 100-point game and that could be on Wednesday only. Charles Amini and Chad Soper have been consistent with at least 20 points in all three matches.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Aqib Ilyas, Assad Vala, Zeeshan Maqsood, Khawar Ali.
Vice-Captain – Charles Amini, Tony Ura, Chad Soper, Bilal Khan.
Assad Vala and Aqib Ilyas look ideal options as captain and vice-captain. Both the players have earned more than 25 points in the three matches played.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Kiplin Doriga
Batters – Assad Vala (C), Khawar Ali (VC), Tony Ura, Ajay Lalcheta
All-Rounders – Zeeshan Maqsood, Chad Soper, Aqib Ilyas
Bowlers – Nosaina Pokana, Fayyaz Butt, Bilal Khan
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Kiplin Doriga
Batters – Khawar Ali, Assad Vala, Ajay Lalcheta
All-Rounders – Charles Amini (VC), Aqib Ilyas (C), Zeeshan Maqsood, Chad Soper
Bowlers – Nosaina Pokana, Gaudi Toka, Bilal Khan
The four players in the all-rounders’ category – Zeeshan Maqsood, Aqib Ilyas, Charles Amini and Chad Soper are a must in the fantasy team for this game. Barring Maqsood in the last match, everyone has got 20+ points in all matches of this tournament.
Oman is expected to finish with a win and leave P.N.G winless in 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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