The 4th 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).
The United States of America made a strong start to the tournament with consecutive wins against the United Arab Emirates and Scotland. They began the tournament with a successful 203-run chase in the 47-over match. They followed it with a 35-run win against Scotland defending their total of 282. The bowling of their pace bowlers in death overs made the difference in the end. The match between Scotland and UAE on Wednesday got abandoned due to rain. The UAE and USA teams will clash off for the 2nd time in this Tri-series on Thursday.
The Sharjah Cricket Stadium is expected to be under clear skies on Thursday during the game between UAE and USA.
USA became the first side to defend a total during an ODI in 2019 at Sharjah. They won the match on Monday by 35 runs against Scotland after posting 282. The figure of 282 is the average score across the three full 50-overs matches this venue has hosted in 2019. Unless some good death bowling like the USA in the previous match, we might not see totals under 275 getting defended.
Average first innings score: 282 (Unaffected List A matches in 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
United Arab Emraites:
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.
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.
Mohammad Usman’s fifty in the game against the USA was his 2nd fifty 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. Karim Gore scored 110 runs and also bagged 10 wickets across six matches during the Super50 Cup 2019/20. Cameron Stevenson took seven wickets and scored 89 runs across 5 matches in that tournament for the USA. He also took a 3-fer in the previous match against Scotland.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Rohan Mustafa, Steven Taylor, Aaron Jones.
Vice-Captain – Mohammad Usman, Darius D’Silva, Cameron Stevenson.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Monank Patel
Batters – Chirag Suri, Mohammad Usman (VC), Aaron Jones (C), Ian Holland
All-Rounders – Steven Taylor, Cameron Stevenson, Waheed Ahmed
Bowlers – Ahmed Raza, Saurabh Netravalkar, Junaid Siddique
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Akshay Homraj
Batters – Mohammad Usman, Darius D’Silva, Aaron Jones, Ian Holland
All-Rounders – Rohan Mustafa (VC), Karima Gore, Steven Taylor (C), Cameron Stevenson
Bowlers – Ahmed Raza, Rusty Theron, Zahoor Khan
If the Sharjah track stays tad slower, we can pick an extra bowler. In case of a new track used for this match, an extra batsman can be selected as we could be in for a high-scoring match.
UAE could be seen winning their first match 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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