Both Scotland and Kenya were unable to notch victories in their first match of the tournament. Henceforth, this game becomes all the way more crucial for both teams as a deficit of two losses would become even more difficult for both the sides to make up for when the tournament progresses. Singapore handed Scotland a shock defeat, something the latter would probably take some time to recover back from. Kenya, on the other hand, lost to Netherlands. With their current form, it is difficult to adjudge one of them as the favorites to win this match.
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019
Scotland vs Kenya
ICC Academy Ground No.2, Dubai
October 19th, 2019
3:40 AM IST
Sunny weather with no chances of rain and the temperature ranging around 34 degrees Celsius is expected during the course of the game.
One can expect a conducive pitch on offer for the batsmen as the flat nature of the tracks so early on in the tournament would aid them to put up high totals on the board.
Predicted Playing XI:
The major strength of the Scottish batting lineup lies right at the very top with the likes of George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer being banked upon to do the majority of the scoring. Tom Sole and Hamza Tahir would be the other key players for the side as they desperately look to win this match and bring their run in the tournament back on track.
George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (c), Ollie Hairs, Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross (wk), Tom Sole, Safyaan Sharif, Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Hamza Tahir
Dhiren Gondaria, Jasraj Kumdi and Collins Obuya form the core of the batting order right at the very top whilst the likes of Shem Ngoche and Irfan Karim would be relied upon to accelerate the scoring rate as the game progresses. Elijah Otieno and Pushpak Kerai would hold the key with the ball for them.
Dhiren Gondaria, Alex Obanda, Jasraj Kundi, Collins Obuya, Rakep Patel, Shem Ngoche (c), Irfan Karim (wk), Nelson Odhiambo, Lucas Oluoch, Elijah Otieno, Pushpak Kerai
Regardless of Scotland’s surprise defeat to Singapore, the duo of George Munsey and Calum MacLeod impressed with their batting prowess during the course of the game. Munsey scored 46 runs at a strike rate of 184 batting at the top whilst MacLeod steered the middle-order with his worthy enough contribution of 44 runs from 31 deliveries. Both of them possess the class, the flair and the ability to dominate bowling attacks whenever required and can score runs at a healthy rate as well. They should be mandatory picks in the Dream XI side. On the other hand, Collins Obuya played a fantastic knock of 63 runs from 40 deliveries in Kenya’s encounter vs Netherlands. Moreover, in addition to his quickfire innings, Obuya bowled three overs and scalped two dismissals whilst conceding 16 runs only. Such all-round efforts from his side means that the man could turn out to be extremely useful in all aspects of the game and earn a considerable number of points as well.
1: George Munsey
2: Collins Obuya
3: Calum MacLeod
Dream XI & Points Projection:
M Cross, Points: 34-36, Grade: B
G Munsey, Points: 78-80, Grade: A
K Coetzer, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
C MacLeod, Points: 70-72, Grade: A
R Patel, Points: 38-40, Grade: B
D Gondaria, Points: 56-58, Grade: A
C Obuya, Points: 90-92, Grade: A
J Davey, Points: 46-48, Grade: A
H Tahir, Points: 42-44, Grade: A
S Sharif, Points: 46-48, Grade: A
N Odhiambo, Points: 42-44, Grade: A
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