Papua New Guinea and Scotland sides will lock horns in the Match 1 of CWC League 2 One Day on Friday morning. The match is the first of four in the latest round of CWCL2 matches, which form part of the 2023 Cricket World Cup qualification process. Scotland will play two matches against Papua New Guinea and two against competition-leaders Oman. Only the top three teams at the end of the round-robin tournament next year advance to the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifying Tournament. The team travelled to Oman this week following their 2-1 T20I series defeat to the Zimbabwe, but despite the loss, the Scottish side, believes that the matches have provided good preparation for their side going into a crucial period.
It’s going to be a riveting games for sure. No doubt that Scotland are a better side but Papua New Guinea will be benefited by the fact that the match will be played in Oman where they have recently played matches against USA and Nepal. But the fact that they lost all the four matches against Nepal and USA, one cannot take them for granted. Neither their batters nor bowlers made an impact in those matches thus Papua New Guinea will have to make a complete turnaround to beat Scotland.
Scotland have really well in the Super League in terms of getting through to the group stages of the World Cup as they are growing from strength to strength. They will be keen to sustain their form against Papua New Guinea, whose form is a cause for concern. With both teams eyeing a winning start to their campaign, a cracking game of cricket beckons in Al Amerat. As things stand, Papua New Guinea will have to really play out of their skin to beat a strong Scotland side. They need to do well in all departments to topple a side like Scotland.
Fixture Name: Match 1
Competition: CWC League 2 One Day
Date: 25 September
Time: 11:00 AM IST
Team Form Guide:
PNG(recent last): L L L
SCO(recent last): L W L
The match between Papua New Guinea and Scotland will be played in Al Amerat Cricket Ground ground situated in Al Amerat. This ground provides a neutral wicket where both the departments are expected to receive a decent amount of help from the surface. Spinners can come lethal in the middle overs. Chasing will be a successful option on this wicket. So, toss can be a huge factor in this game.
The players like Kyle Coetzer, Calum MacLeod and George Munsey will be vital picks due to their form and track-record. While, Norman Vanua, Assad Vala and Richie Berrington will be the top choices for all-rounders. The bowlers like Nosaina Pokana, Hamza Tahir and Mark Watt are quite experienced and can pick up vital wickets in tensed times.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Tony Ura, Matthew Cross
BATSMEN: Kyle Coetzer, Calum MacLeod, George Munsey
ALL-ROUNDERS: Norman Vanua, Assad Vala, Richie Berrington
BOWLERS: Nosaina Pokana, Hamza Tahir, Mark Watt
Scotland, being the better side, have used the conditions well, and there is no doubt that they are a balanced and experienced side which really makes them tough to beat. Looking at the current form the Scotland side are expected to finish on top in this encounter. They would look to bowl and bat aggressively to get the positive result. Scotland are stronger than Papua New Guinea by a huge distance. Barring a miracle, Scotland should be able to ease past Papua New Guinea in the upcoming encounter.
Assad Vala has been a stalwart for PNG in the batting and bowling department. He’s been the nucleus of the team with the others playing around him. Charles Amini has been an effective all-rounder and he needs to step up and deliver. Pokana is the genuine wicket-taker and has to be on top of his game.
The Papua New Guinea batsman will be vital for his side in this clash. He has notched 356 runs that he played at an average of well above 44. He has showed his class in the matches of this format.
Nosaina is another big shot in the Papua New Guinea team. Coming to the bowling department, he has been in sensational form. He has scalped 17 wickets from eight games at an average of 15.12.
Though they have lost their recent matches in a ow the PNG team is not likely to make any changes for this fixture, and will play with same 11 to get back on winning track.
PNG Playing 11 (likely)
Kyle Coetzer and George Munsey form a lethal opening pair. Richie Berrington is in the form of his life. Calum MacLeod and Matthew Cross have plenty of experience as well. In the bowling department, Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans and Mark Watt have to step up and deliver.
One of the most experience player of Scotland team will be the most vital player due to his ability to stabilize the team. He has piled up 327 runs and will be looking to aggregate more in the upcoming.
Watt some bowled terrific spells in this tournament and that makes him an automatic choice. From seven outings he has picked up 13 wickets at an economy of well below 4, which is quite outstanding.
Scotland suffered defeats in their clashes against Zimbabwe. But looking at the team, they are expected to keep their combination intact for this tough encounter against PNG.
SCO Playing 11 (likely)
Watch Papua New Guinea vs Scotland CWC League 2 One Day Live score and streaming on Fancode. There is no doubt that this will be a wonderful experience to view the exciting cricketing action in the OMN vs SCO clash.
The match between the Papua New Guinea and the Scotland of CWC League 2 One Day tournament will not be broadcasted on the television in India. The television broadcasting rights was not available for this series.
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