The 3rd 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 Scotland at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (6:00 AM GMT) (11:30 AM IST).
United Arab Emirates will take on Scotland in the 3rd match of the Tri-Nation ODI series at Sharjah, which is hosting its last game of this tournament. In the first two matches played here, the United States of America turned victorious and is extending their lead in the World Cup League 2 table. In the opening match, USA chased down 203 in the 47-over match against the home side. The death bowling of USA helped to seal a 35-run win against Scotland in the 2nd match as the Scotts lost their last five wickets for just nine runs. Aaron Jones was the star for USA scoring fifties in both the matches.
The Sharjah Cricket Stadium could receive rain around afternoon on Wednesday. Showers are expected until 1:30 PM and hence a reduced match could be seen.
In three full 50-overs matches, the team batting first crossed the 280-run mark. Two of those were during the Pakistan-Australia series where the Aussies got the chase finished comfortably. On Monday, a total of 282 was enough to win for the USA against Scotland. However, if not for some brilliant execution at the death overs, the Scottish team could have walked away with a win.
Average first innings score: 282 (Unaffected List A matches in 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
Injury and Availability:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
United Arab Emirates:
Chirag Suri, Rohan Mustafa, Darius D’Silva, Basil Hameed, Vriitya Aravind (WK), Mohammad Usman, Junaid Siddique, Ahmed Raza (C), Waheed Ahmed, Karthik Meiyappan, Zahoor Khan.
Bench – Jonathan Figy, CP Rizwan, Zawar Farid.
Matthew Cross (WK), Kyle Coetzer (C), Michael Jones, Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Mark Watt, Josh Davey/Dylan Budge, Alasdair Evans, Safyaan Sharif, Hamza Tahir.
Bench – Craig Wallace, Josh Davey/Dylan Budge, Stuart Whittingham.
Kyle Coetzer might have failed in the first match but is quite consistent and usually scores a great percentage of Scotland’s runs in any given form of the game. Calum MacLeod’s ability in scoring big knocks is discussed very less as it is on par with Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. The unbeaten 59 in the last match was only the 2nd fifty-plus score for Mohammad Usman in a 50-over match for UAE. However, in other formats, he struck 13 fifties and a hundred in about 98 innings. Across 10 innings in One-Days, the pacer Zahoor Khan has picked up 19 wickets for UAE.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Kyle Coetzer, Rohan Mustafa, Calum MacLeod.
Vice-Captain – Mohammad Usman, Darius D’Silva, Richie Berrington.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Vriitya Aravind
Batters – Kyle Coetzer, Michael Jones, Chirag Suri, Mohammad Usman (VC)
All-Rounders – Calum MacLeod (C), Richie Berrington
Bowlers – Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Junaid Siddique, Ahmed Raza
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Matthew Cross
Batters – Kyle Coetzer (C), George Munsey, Darius D’Silva, Mohammad Usman
All-Rounders – Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, Rohan Mustafa (VC)
Bowlers – Safyaan Sharif, Zahoor Khan, Ahmed Raza
The fantasy team selection for this pitch could be impacted due to the pitch on which this match will be played. If it stays tad slower, an extra bowler can be picked while if are in for a fresh track, an extra batsman can be selected.
Scotland is likely to open their account in this Tri-series on Wednesday.
*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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