The 1st game of the 2019 United Arab Emirates Tri-Nation ODI Series part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 will be played between the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (6:00 AM GMT) (11:30 PM IST).
United Arab Emirates will mark their first appearance in the CWC League 2 as they host the Tri-series involving Scotland and United States of America. Both Scotland and USA hosted a Tri-series each and won three out of the four matches they played. Sunday will mark the start of the Tri-Nation series with the hosts UAE facing the USA team at the Sharjah. The United States team had a much-needed warm-up before the tournament as they featured in the Super50 Cup that concluded on December 1st. The UAE team will be looking to make a mark this time around having missed out on a berth in the ICC T20 CWC.
Showers are expected on Sunday evening at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium but the match could be completed by that time.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium hosted two matches in List A cricket this year – two ODIs between Australia and Pakistan. The Aussies chased down targets of 285 and 281 in those two matches losing only two wickets. The track played in the favour of batsmen and same is expected to see on Sunday between UAE and USA. Since the match is played in the day time, we might see a bit of turn for the spinners.
Average first innings score: 282 (List A matches in 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 0
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
United Arab Emirates:
Chirag Suri, Rohan Mustafa, Darius D’Silva, CP Rizwan, Vriitya Aravind (WK), Mohammad Usman, Junaid Siddique, Zawar Farid, Ahmed Raza (C), Waheed Ahmed, Zahoor Khan.
Bench – Jonathan Figy, Basil Hameed, Karthik Meiyappan.
United States of America:
Xavier Marshall, Monank Patel, Steven Taylor, Nisarg Patel, Aaron Jones, Karima Gore, Ian Holland, Elmore Hutchinson, Timil Patel, Cameron Stevenson, Saurabh Netravalkar (C).
Bench – Akshay Homraj, Nosthush Kenjige, Rusty Theron.
Rohan Mustafa has amassed 660 runs and also picked up 28 wickets for UAE across 29 One-Day matches. Ahmed Raza claimed 44 wickets in 26 One-Day matches for UAE while Zahoor Khan has 18 wickets at a strike rate of 25.1. Karim Gore scored 110 runs and also bagged 10 wickets across six matches in the Super50 Cup 2019/20. Cameron Stevenson took seven wickets and scored 89 runs across 5 matches in that tournament for the USA.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Rohan Mustafa, Steven Taylor, Karima Gore.
Vice-Captain – Mohammad Usman, Chirag Suri, Cameron Stevenson.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Monank Patel
Batters – Chirag Suri, Mohammad Usman, Aaron Jones
All-Rounders – Rohan Mustafa (C), Steven Taylor, Karima Gore (VC), Ian Holland
Bowlers – Ahmed Raza, Saurabh Netravalkar, Zahoor Khan
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Monank Patel
Batters – Mohammad Usman (VC), CP Rizwan, Aaron Jones
All-Rounders – Rohan Mustafa, Karima Gore, Steven Taylor (C), Cameron Stevenson
Bowlers – Ahmed Raza, Nisarg Patel, Zahoor Khan
Our suggested fantasy XIs are made on the assumption of the UAE side selecting senior players in their XI. Though there are new entrants to their squad, a set of experienced players can be easily differentiated among those. At the same time, we expect the USA to select the top performers from the Super50 Cup.
UAE could be seen starting the tournament with a win.
*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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