ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019: NED vs PNG – Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing XI, Pitch Report, Team and Weather Conditions

The first game on Thursday sees Netherlands face PNG in what promises to be a potential thriller. Netherlands comes into this game on the back of a good win against Singapore. With three wins from three games, Netherlands is well placed for a berth in the knockouts and eventually the ICC T20 World Cup 2020. On the other hand, PNG has impressed in bit and pieces with two wins against Bermuda and Namibia before running Scotland close earlier in the week. Both teams are well versed with the conditions at the ICC Academy in Dubai with spin bowling allrounders, Roelof van der Merwe and Assad Vala playing their parts to their perfection in the tournament. With two valuable points on offer, both teams would eye a win to strengthen their case for qualification to next year’s marquee event in Australia.

Match Details

Netherlands vs PNG, Match 27
October 24th 2019, 11:30 AM IST
ICC Academy, Dubai

Pitch Report

An even contest between bat and ball beckons with extra help on offer for the pacers upfront. In spite of the spinners also getting some purchase. 150 is a competitive score on this surface with the pitch slowing down as the game progresses.

Weather Report

The weather is clear for the game with there being no chance of any rain. The temperature is expected to be over 30 degrees Celsius for the entire duration of the game.

Injuries: No injuries are reported from either side

Probable Playing XI


Netherlands should field the same side after a good performance against Singapore. Colin Ackermann’s well-paced knock in the middle order bodes well for them with the likes of Ryan ten Doeschate and Tobias Visee still finding their feet. Nevertheless, their bowling unit is fine form with Brandon Glover leading the way with six wickets. They will ideally fancy their chances against PNG with experience also on their side.

Max ODowd, Tobias Visee, Ben Cooper, Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate, Pieter Seelar, Roelof van der Merwe, Scott Edwards, Brandon Glover, Paul van Meekeren, Timm van der Gugten


Although they had to endure heartbreak against Scotland, PNG should persist with the same set of players for this game as well. Their openers, Tony Ura and Assad Vala have been their standout players with 121 runs each to their names. Vala doubles up in the bowling department as well although Norman Vanua is the key to their bowling performance. The pacer had picked five wickets so far with Pokana and Amini also chipping in. Although they might not boast the same experience and talent as their opponents, PNG has a fair chance of pulling off an upset on Thursday.

Assad Vala, Tony Ura, Lega Siaka, Charles Amini, Sese Bau, Riley Hekure, Norman Vanua, Kiplin Doriga, Jason Kila, Damien Ravu, Nosiana Pokana

Top Picks:

Spin bowling allrounders are must haves in the fantasy team with Roelof van der Merwe and Assad Vala fitting the bill. van der Merwe put in a man of the match performance against Singapore with three wickets. He is backed to build on that performance while Charles Amini’s leg spin is also one to watch out for. The Dutch duo of Max ODowd and Ben Cooper are picked alongside Colin Ackermann, who scored a vital 34 while overcoming a tricky chase in the previous game. To round the team off, Norman Vanua and Brandon Glover, who have five and six wickets to their names respectively, should suffice

Captaincy Options:

1. Roelof van der Merwe
2. Assad Vala
3. Colin Ackermann

Dream11 Team:


Roelof van der Merwe, Points: 70-72, Grade: A

Tony Ura, Points: 44-46, Grade: A

Assad Vala, Points: 60-62, Grade: A

Scott Edwards, Points: 20-22, Grade: B

Charles Amini, Points: 30-32, Grade: B

Colin Ackermann, Points: 80-82, Grade: A

Paul van Meekeren, Points: 30-32, Grade: B

Norman Vanua, Points: 40-42, Grade: A

Brandon Glover, Points: 55-57, Grade: A

Ben Cooper, Points: 20-22, Grade: B

Max ODowd, Points: 54-56, Grade: A


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