OMN vs PNG Dream11 Prediction: The first match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is scheduled to be played between Oman and the Papua New Guinea side on 17 October (Sunday) at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Oman. This is the Round 1 of the T20 World Cup which comprises of two groups namely Group A and Group B. Oman, Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh and Scotland are placed in Group B.
Both these sides are coming into this tournament after witnessing quite similar fortunes unfold in their respective previous matches. The Oman side suffered a disappointing 0-2 T20I series whitewash at the hands of Sri Lanka at home recently losing both the matches by convincing margins. However, Oman defeated Mumbai in their previous T20 series at home. On the other hand, Papua New Guinea lost all of their three matches in the UAE Summer T20 Bash.
Oman occupies the 18th spot in the ICC Rankings with a total of 1732 points. On the other hand, Papua New Guinea occupies the 15th spot in the ICC Rankings with a total of 2501 points.
Fixture Name: Match 1, Oman vs Papua New Guinea
Competition: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021
Date: 17 October
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Ground: Al Amerat Cricket Ground, Oman
Pitch Report: The surface and the conditions at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground are once again expected to be dry and slow. The spinners have extracted great amount of turn from this track and it will behave similarly in this match as well. There will be some amount of dew in the second innings. However, bowling first will be a safe option after winning the toss. The par score will once again remain around the 150-160 mark.
It will be a great move to pick a mixed combination of Oman and Papua New Guinea players in your respective dream fantasy cricket teams. Since it is the opening stage of the tournament, it will be a good decision to include more of batters and all-rounders to increase the chances of winning big contests. The likes of Zeeshan Maqsood, Aaqib Ilyas, Tony Ura and Assad Vala remain the must pick players for this exciting contest.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Mohammed Kushi
BATTERS: Tony Ura, Aaqib Ilyas, Jatinder Singh
ALL-ROUNDERS: Assad Vala, Charles Amini, Zeeshan Maqsood, Khawar Ali
BOWLERS: Chad Soper, Nosaina Pokana, Kaleemullah
Oman will start as the favourites to win this match against Papua New Guinea. They are quite an experienced unit both with the bat and ball. Oman has also defeated Papua New Guinea in the earlier meeting between these two teams. On the other hand, Papua New Guinea also have the ability to surprise their opponents in this exciting contest.
The Oman cricket team has performed well above their potential in the recent while both in the batting as well as bowling departments. The likes of Jatinder Singh, Aaqib Ilyas, Zeeshan Maqsood and Kashyap Prajapati will have to play a significant role in the batting department and all of them will want to be amongst the runs in the T20 World Cup. On the other hand, the trio of Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan and Fayyaz Butt will form part of the bowling attack.
Oman captain Zeeshan Maqsood has been really effective both with the bat and ball in the shortest format of the game. He has the ability contribute immensely well as an all-rounder having scored more than 800 runs while playing in a total of 44 T20 matches. Maqsood has also notched up as many as four half-century in his T20 career so far. The Oman skipper can deliver with the ball as well taking 29 wickets at an economy of less than 7.
For Oman, opening batter Aaqib Ilyas is coming into this T20 World Cup warm-up match on the back of a stunning knock of 60 runs off 38 balls that included 4 sixes and 3 fours against Sri Lanka in the second T20I. He has scored a total of 185 runs in the last five matches that includes two brilliant half-centuries as well. While talking about his T20 career so far, he has smashed 471 runs in 24 matches at a strike-rate of 114.60.
OMN Playing 11 (likely)
The Papua New Guinea team will be hoping to gain some important confidence both with the bat and ball at the start of this mega T20 tournament. The trio of Tony Ura, Assad Vala and Charles Amini will have to take the responsibility in the batting department. On the other hand, Nosaina Pokana, Chad Soper and Damien Ravu will form part of the bowling attack and they will be looking to pick wickets on regular basis.
For the Papua New Guinea team, Assad Vala has been really effective both with the bat and ball in the Twenty20 format. He has performed well in pressure situations having scored a total of 800 runs while playing in as many as 47 T20 matches. Assad Vala has notched up four half-centuries in his T20 career. He has also taken 26 wickets at a brilliant economy of 6.60.
Papua New Guinea bank upon Tony Ura to come good at the top in the batting department especially in T20 cricket. He smashed an excellent innings of 69 runs off 43 balls in the last T20I against Namibia. Tony has scored more than 1300 runs in his T20 career comprising of a total of 46 matches at a strike-rate of 134.69. He has also smashed as many as 7 half-centuries and 2 hundreds in the shorter format.
PNG Playing 11 (likely)
Watch Oman vs Papua New Guinea ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 opening match Live score and streaming on the Star Sports Network and HotStar app. All the players stats and match scores along with exciting live ball-to-ball commentary will be available on the Hotstar app. There will a great experience of entertainment as both these international teams, Oman and Papua New Guinea have some exciting players in their respective line-ups.
The Oman vs Papua New Guinea ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 first match will be broadcasted live on the Star Sports 1 channel from 3:30 PM IST. The Star Sports Network are the official television rights holder for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. The viewers will get to listen to expert comments and detailed pitch report alongwith live ball-to-ball commentary on the Star Sports Network and the Hotstar app.
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