Canada have started the tournament on a positive note with a victory in the only match that they played and hence are comfortably placed in the second spot in the points table. Nigeria, though, lost their only game, are at the bottom of the table and hence would be hoping to upstage their form with a win over here so that they could open their account in the competition too. Canada would undoubtedly start as the favorites to win this particular match.
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
October 21st, 2019
9:00 PM IST
Clear weather with no chances of rain and the temperature ranging around 31 degrees Celsius is expected during the course of the game.
The track at Abu Dhabi would generally tend to slow down as the game progresses and hence chasing a total could turn out to be extremely difficult in the fag end of the innings.
Predicted Playing XI:
Navneet Dhaliwal and Nicholas Kirton are the key men for Canada at the top, and they would be banked upon to do the bulk of the scoring. Hamza Tariq and Abraash Khan are the other key players for the side.
Navneet Dhaliwal (C), Rodrigo Thomas, Nitish Kumar, Nicholas Kirton, Ravinderpal Singh, Hamza Tariq (WK), Abraash Khan, Dillon Heyliger, Nikhil Dutta, Saad Bin Zafar, Jeremy Gordon
Daniel Ajekum and Leke Oyede form the core of the batting for Nigeria upfront, which is ably supported by the presence of the likes of Vincent Adewoye and Sulaimon Runsewe later on. Ademola Oniyaki would have to undertake massive responsibility if the side is to register a victory over here.
Daniel Ajekun, Leke Oyede, Sesan Adedeji, Chimezie Onwizilike, Vincent Adewoye, Isaac Okpe, Sulaimon Runsewe, Ademola Onikoyi (C & WK), Daniel Gim, Chima Akachukwu, Abiodun Abioye
Nitish Kumar was in a tremendous form for Canada against Jersey as he racked up 83 runs that included six sixes and at a strike rate of 230.56 as well. On the basis of this form, he looks like the most likely to notch a significant number of points and hence should be drafted in the Dream XI side and be a sure contender for the captaincy spot as well. Navneet Dhaliwal played a valuable knock of 36 runs in 26 deliveries too, and the fact that he bats at the top means that he would have plenty of chances to make use of the field restrictions and plunder the ball away to the boundary line. Issac Okpe and Nicolas Kirton are others who can carve out a notable impact upon the game, something that could translate into a sizable number of points too and hence their selection should be mandatory as well.
1: Nitish Kumar
2: Navneet Dhaliwal
3: Leke Oyede
Dream XI & Points Projection:
A Onikoyi, Points: 28-30, Grade: B
N Dhaliwal, Points: 58-60, Grade: A
D Ajekun, Points: 28-30, Grade: B
N Kirton, Points: 34-46, Grade: B
L Oyede, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
N Kumar, Points: 90-92, Grade: A+
I Okpe, Points: 56-58, Grade: A
J Gordon, Points: 30-32, Grade: B
D Heyliger, Points: 28-30, Grade: B
S bin Zafar, Points: 28-30, Grade: B
V Adewoye, Points: 28-30, Grade: B
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