Canada are atop the points table with three victories from the same number of matches and have bagged six points so far. They currently look to be the team to be beat in the second group of the qualifiers. Hong Kong, on the other hand, have won once and lost thrice in four matches and are just above Nigeria in the points table. Undoubtedly, Canada enter as the overwhelming favorites to emerge victorious in this match.
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019
Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi
October 24th, 2019
3:40 PM IST
Sunny weather with no chances of rain and the temperature ranging around 33 degrees Celsius is expected during the course of the game.
A conducive batting track but with ample assistance to the spinners in the second essay of the innings could be looked forward to in this particular match.
Predicted Playing XI:
Rizwan Cheema and Nitish Kumar, especially the latter, would shoulder the majority of the responsibility of the batting order for Canada whilst Navneet Dhaliwal would be banked upon the hold the batting order together. Dillon Heyliger would be the key bowler for Canada as well.
Rizwan Cheema, Navneet Dhaliwal(c), Nitish Kumar, Nicholas Kirton, Ravinderpal Singh, Saad Bin Zafar, Hamza Tariq(w), Dillon Heyliger, Nikhil Dutta, Romesh Eranga, Jeremy Gordon
Nizakat Khan and Aizaz Khan form the core of the batting order at the top with Waqas Barkat and Simandeep Singh expected to provide a late acceleration to the innings in the fag end of the innings. Ehsan Khan and Nasrulla Rana would be crucial with the ball for Hong Kong.
Nizakat Khan, Ahsan Abbasi, Kinchit Shah, Aizaz Khan (C), Waqas Barkat, Simandeep Singh, Haroon Arshad Scott McKechnie (WK), Ehsan Khan, Nasrulla Rana, Kyle Christie
Both, Navneet Dhaliwal and Nitish Kumar delivered a stellar performance in Canada’s incredible victory with Ireland as the top-order duo notched half-centuries to help them pile up a challenging total and defend it later on. Kumar especially scored 53 runs at a strike rate of 151.43 whilst Dhaliwal raced ahead of 69 runs and provided the perfect base for Canada to build their innings on. Saad bin Zafar broke the back of the Irish batting order with his couple of wickets in the middle-order and hence would be an advisable pick considering his prowess in this aspect of the game. Nizakat Khan played a laudable knock for Hong Kong as he scored 48 runs in 30 deliveries in their match and Jersey, and keeping in mind his current run of form, he should be a choice in the pool of batsmen.
1: Nitish Kumar
2: Navneet Dhaliwal
3: Nizakat Khan
Dream XI & Points Projection:
H Tariq, Points: 30-32, Grade: B
N Dhaliwal, Points: 74-76, Grade: A
R Singh, Points: 30-32, Grade: B
N Kumar, Points: 80-82, Grade: A
N Khan, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
K Shah, Points: 30-32, Grade: B
A Khan, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
D Heyliger, Points: 32-34, Grade: B
J Gordon, Points: 28-30, Grade: B
S bin Zafar, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
K Christie, Points: 30-32, Grade: B