The 2nd 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 United States of America and Scotland at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (6:00 AM GMT) (11:30 PM IST).
The United States of America began the Tri-series in the UAE with a comfortable win, a tournament which is part of the CWC League 2. They defeated the home team in the opening match and moved on the top of the CWC League 2 team having won 4 of the five matches played. They will now be up against Scotland team won are 2nd in the League team. The Scottish team won three of the 4 matches in the Tri-series they hosted earlier this year. The Kyle Coetzer-led team is expected to start the tournament with a big win as they are in good form.
The Sharjah Cricket Stadium is unlikely to be affected by the weather on Monday during the match between USA and Scotland.
The chasing team’s good record this year at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium continued as the USA chased down the target of 203 in the 47-over match on Sunday. The track was on the slower side but is expected to play better on Monday. Anything around 275 can be considered as a winning total for batting first teams.
Average first innings score: 282 (Unaffected 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 States of America:
Xavier Marshall, Monank Patel, Steven Taylor, Aaron Jones, Akshay Homraj (WK), Karima Gore, Ian Holland, Cameron Stevenson, Nosthush Kenjige, Rusty Theron, Saurabh Netravalkar (C).
Bench – Elmore Hutchinson, Timil Patel, Nisarg Patel.
Matthew Cross (WK), Kyle Coetzer (C), Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Safyaan Sharif, Hamza Tahir.
Bench – Dylan Budge, Stuart Whittingham, Michael Jones.
Kyle Coetzer usually scores a great percentage of Scotland’s runs in any format. Calum MacLeod is well known for scoring a big centuries and his consistency in scoring ODIs tons in close to that of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Aaron Jones is easily the most reliable batsman in the USA Squad. He has a healthy average across all formats for the United States. Skipper Saurabh Netravalkar picked up a 5-wicket haul on Sunday.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Kyle Coetzer, Steven Taylor, Calum MacLeod.
Vice-Captain – Aaron Jones, Karim Gore, Richie Berrington.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Akshay Homraj
Batters – Kyle Coetzer (C), George Munsey, Aaron Jones (VC)
All-Rounders – Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, Steven Taylor, Karima Gore
Bowlers – Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Saurabh Netravalkar
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Matthew Cross
Batters – Kyle Coetzer, George Munsey, Aaron Jones
All-Rounders – Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington (VC), Steven Taylor (C), Cameron Stevenson
Bowlers – Josh Davey, Rusty Theron, Saurabh Netravalkar
A lot number of players have picked up George Munsey as captain but he is likely to bat in the middle-order in the ODI format. Hence, making him captain or vice-captain makes very little sense. Richie Berrington could be ideal on a slower Sharjah track due to his medium-pace bowling.
Scotland is likely to start the tournament with a comfortable victory.
*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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