OMN vs PNG Prediction: The Indian Premier League has come to a close and the focus now shifts on the T20 World Cup. The marquee event is taking place after five years. West Indies are the defending champions. Eight teams will first take part in the qualifiers and the top four will move to the Super 12 stage.
Oman take on Papua New Guinea in match 1 at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Muscat. Both teams have played two warm-up matches. Oman defeated Namibia by 32 runs in the first game before narrowly falling short against the Netherlands in a thrilling contest. Papua New Guinea, on the other hand, lost both games against Ireland and Sri Lanka.
Oman vs Papua New Guinea
Match 1, T20 World Cup
17 October 2021, 03:30 PM IST
Al Amerat Cricket Ground, Muscat
The match will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Network and it can also be streamed on Hotstar App. It will be available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada. The matches are split in four venues- Muscat, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. T20 World Cup will be broadcasted to almost 100 countries including all cricket-playing nations.
OMN vs PNG Head to Head: This is the first game between the two sides.
OMN – 70%
PNG – 30%
PNG were battered in both of their warm-up matches and their batting struggled miserably. Oman won the first game convincingly against Namibia and put on a good show against the Netherlands, falling short by just 4 runs. Also, Oman will be playing at home and will be familiar with the conditions. They should win this game comfortably in all probability.
Bet365: OMN: 1.20; PNG: 4.50
Aqib Ilyas is one of the mainstays of Oman’s batting. He scores at a brisk pace. He scored a quick fifty versus the Netherlands in the warm-up games. Ilyas has 471 runs in 24 games at a strike rate of 118.
Bilal Khan will be one of the most experienced bowlers on the show today. He has 51 wickets in 26 games at an economy of 6.8.
Captain Assad Vala is expected to lead from the front. He has 516 runs in 26 innings at an average of 24. He has also picked up 22 wickets at an economy of 5.85
OMN Playing XI
Jatinder Singh, Aqib Ilyas, Kashyap Prajapati, Mohammad Nadeem, Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Suraj Kumar (wk), Sandeep Goud, Naseem Khushi, Kaleemullah, Fayyaz Butt, Bilal Khan.
PNG Playing XI
Tony Ura, Assad Vala (c), Charles Amini, Kiplin Doriga (wk), Sese Bau, Norman Vanua, Jason Kila, Simon Atai, Nosaina Pokana, Chad Soper, Damien Ravu
The wicket is expected to be balanced with some assistance for both spinners and pacers. Batsmen will get rewards once they get their eye in. The average score on this ground is 151. The toss is unlikely to make an impact in the day game.
If OMN bats first: 120-130
If PNG bats first: 150-160
The Al Amerat Stadium is located in Muscat, the capital of Oman. Being a coastal city, it has a maritime climate that does not have a large temperature change during day and night. The temperature in the early morning is around 29 degrees Celsius. Though it will be a bright sunny day, the maximum temperature will reach 32 degrees by mid-day and will be 30-31 degrees for the first match during the afternoon/evening hours. A light sea breeze will be present and humidity will be in the forties.
WICKET-KEEPERS: M Naseem Kushi
BATSMEN: T Ura, J Singh, A Ilyas
ALL-ROUNDERS: C Amini, A Vala, Z Maqsood
BOWLERS: N Pokana, Bilal Khan, C Soper, Kaleemullah
Captain choices: A Vala/ A Ilyas
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