The 5th match of the Super50 Cup 2019-20 will be the Group A game between the Leeward Islands and Canada played at the Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts.
The match starts at 1:30 PM local time (5:30 PM GMT) (11:00 PM IST).
The game can be viewed on Windies Cricket’s YouTube channel and on Fan Code in India.
The Leeward Islands kick-started the Super50 Cup 2019-20 edition with a huge win against the defending champions Combined Campuses and Colleges. No one can deny that the CCC were much weaker side compared to the remaining teams in the tournament. However, the Leeward Islands dominated them thoroughly to hand them a 198-run win.
Devon Thomas scored 94-ball 105 while Rahkeem Cornwall and Sheeno Berridge collectively claimed seven wickets. The Leeward Islands will now face Canada team in their 2nd match also to be played at the Warner Park in Basseterre. Kanwarpal Tathgur will be leading Canada while the star all-rounder Nitish Kumar will be a player-mentor for them.
There is nothing new to be said about the weather forecast for the game on Friday. There is no threat from the rain for this match but the clouds will remain over the venue.
Barbados registered a 75-run win on Thursday against Jamaica despite posting only 265; about 20 runs less than the average score in last three years at the Warner Park. Usage of the same pitch in Basseterre for the 2nd consecutive day could be the reason for a dip in the total. We could see a fresh track for the game on Friday and totals close to 280.
Average 1st inning score: 284 (Last seven List A matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 5
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Montcin Hodge, Kieran Powell, Amir Jangoo, Devon Thomas, Akeem Saunders, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jahmar Hamilton (C), Terrance Warde, Jeremiah Louis, Jason Campbell, Sheeno Berridge.
Bench – Keacy Carty, Yannick Leonard, Kezron Archibald.
Kanwarpal Tathgur (C), Harrobindeep Sekhon (WK), Jeet Mehta, Harsh Thaker, Nitish Kumar, Shreyas Movva, Arslan Khan, Rayyan Pathan, Shahid Ahmadzai, Sana-ur-Rehman, Nauman Zafar.
Bench – Kanwar Mann, Yax Patel, Harmandeep Singh.
Rahkeem Cornwall came a bit down in the batting order than expected in the first match. However, he covered it up with his bowling taking a 4-wicket haul. There is a good chance of him being the most valuable player in all matches of this tournament if we go by his performances in the previous two Super50 tournaments. Nitish Kumar is probably the only guy who could match Cornwall in this match.
However, the Canada star could limit his role for allowing the remaining players to dominate. Devon Thomas has been decent in the recent past with the bat as he recorded five 40+ scores in nine List A innings ahead of the tournament. He finally converted the start he got with a century in the tournament opener.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Rahkeem Cornwall, Devon Thomas, Nitish Kumar
Vice-Captain – Terrance Warde, Arslan Khan, Harsh Thaker
Making Rahkeem Cornwall captain or vice-captain will be a safe idea for this match.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Devon Thomas
Batsmen – Kanwarpal Tathgur, Kieran Powell, Amir Jangoo, Harsh Thaker, Nitish Kumar (VC)
All-Rounders – Rahkeem Cornwall (C), Arslan Khan
Bowlers – Sheeno Berridge, Nauman Zafar, Jeremiah Louis
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Devon Thomas
Batsmen – Harsh Thaker, Nitish Kumar, Montcin Hodge, Amir Jangoo
All-Rounders – Rahkeem Cornwall (C), Terrance Warde, Arslan Khan (VC)
Bowlers – Sheeno Berridge, Rayyan Pathan, Sana-ur-Rehman
The Canada skipper Kanwarpal Tathgur is one of the two Canada player listed at 8 credits. Not much data is available to prove that he is a player of 8 credits. At the same time, there is no information to conclude he is a limited player. Hence, picking him won’t be a gamble but a clever risk as only 1% of the fantasy players have picked him in their team.
The Leeward Islands are expected to register their 2nd straight 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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