The first match of the much awaited ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 sees highly fancied Scotland against Singapore in Dubai. Scotland enters this tournament as the highest ranked side of the fourteen teams playing for a spot in next year’s marquee event. Singapore surprised a few as they upset Nepal to find a place in this tournament although they have proved that it wasn’t a one off in the Singapore T20-I series last month. The warm-up games didn’t go as planned for Singapore while Scotland got past Ireland by just one run in the final warm up game. The European side will be the overwhelming favourites for this game and would be expected to make light work of Singapore although the likes of Tim David and Janak Prakash should give them a run for their money.
Singapore vs Scotland, Match 1
October 18th 2019, 11:30 AM IST
ICC Academy, Dubai
The pitch generally favours the spinners although it should play host to a high-scoring encounter in the tournament opener. Pacers will get ample swing with the new ball. Spinners will slowly come into play as the game progresses with 170 being a competitive total.
There isn’t any chance of rain in Dubai on Friday with the temperature expected to be on the higher side. Cloudy conditions throughout the day would ideally help the pacers even out the contest between bat and ball.
Injuries: No injuries are reported from either side
Probable Playing XI
Scotland will field their strongest side with the captain, Kyle Coetzer and George Munsey forming a fearsome opening pair. With the experience of Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington serving them well in the middle order, Scotland will be eying a big score or chase down scores with relative ease. Their batting depth is also quite commendable while the arrival of Josh Davey strengthens the bowling unit considerably. Mark Watt and Michael Leask will take responsibility for the spin department as they seek a winning start on Friday.
Kyle Coetzer, George Munsey, Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross, Michael Leask, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif and Ally Evans
Although Singapore is ranked lower than their fairly established opponents, the likes of Amjad Mahboob and Tim David make them a formidable unit. The presence of Janak Prakash adds to the balance of the side with both bat and ball. Their batting depth is another asset they have with Navin Param and Sidhant Singh capable of clearing the boundaries in the death overs. Manpreet Singh is a vital cog in their middle order, whose performance should be crucial to their fortunes at the ICC Academy.
R Rangarajan, S Chandramohan, Tim David, Manpreet Singh, Janak Prakash, Selladore Vijaykumar, Anantha Krishna, Amjab Mahboob, Vinoth Baskaran, Navin Param, Sidhant Singh
Tim David and George Munsey are the best bets with the bat for Singapore and Scotland respectively. While David scored a whopping 152 runs in three outings in the Singapore T20-I series, Munsey smashed a hundred against the Netherlands not long ago in Ireland. Along with them, the experienced duo of Coetzer and MacLeod are also preferred considering they bat in the top order. Janak Prakash was another standout player for Singapore in the Asian qualifiers and also against Nepal and Zimbabwe. He is picked in the allrounders department along with Richie Berrington, who doubles up as a useful bowling option. While Mark Watt and Safyaan Sharif fill two of the four bowling spots, Singapore captain, Amjad Mahboob is certainly one to watch out for with the ball in hand.
1. George Munsey
2. Janak Prakash
3. Tim David
Tim David, Points: 70-72, Grade: A
Janak Prakash, Points: 84-86, Grade: A
George Munsey, Points: 100-102, Grade: A
Manpreet Singh, Points: 20-22, Grade: B
Calum MacLeod, Points: 30-32, Grade: B
Kyle Coetzer, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
Mark Watt, Points: 30-32, Grade: B
Richie Berrington, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
Shafyan Sharif, Points: 55-57, Grade: A
Vinoth Baskaran, Points: 20-22, Grade: B
Amjad Mahboob, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
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