PNG v SCO

1st ODI – PNG VS SCOTLAND – FANTASY PREVIEW

Cricket Scotland is set to play two match ODI series against Papua New Guinea which begins on Friday in Dubai, UAE. Both teams has played each other in the ICC World Cricket Championships ODIs last month. In those two ODIs, Scotland won the first game but PNG brought win on their own in next game. The first ODI between PNG vs Scotland is scheduled to begin at 10 AM Local | 11:30 AM IST on Friday, 24th November 2017.

 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA :

The all-rounder Assad Vala is the captain of PNG and his team travels to UAE with 14-man squad. PNG squad has 5 specialist batsmen along with wicket keeping batsmen Jack Vare and Dogodo Bau. As the regular opening batsman veteran Vani Morea is not in the squad, Tony Ura will open the batting along with Lega Siaka. Both Ura and Siaka has a decent record in their respective ODI careers and both are key players for PNG at top of the order. Two uncapped batsmen are in the squad, they are Damien Ravu and Kiplin Doriga. One among those two has a chance to feature in this game on Friday. Batsman Sese Bau has played 8 ODIs for PNG and he scored a total of 185 runs at strike-rate of 68. All-rounders Assad Vala and Mahuru Dai are the match winners in the squad. Captain Vala has scored 224 runs with a highest score of 70 in his 10 ODI innings and also picked 12 wickets with best figures of 3/20. On other side, Mahuru Dai strengthen the batting in middle-order and scored 262 runs in 10 innings with a highest score of 76*. He used to bowl medium pace as well as leg-spin and claimed 13 wickets in 10 matches. Keeps an eye on these two all-rounders when you pick a fantasy teams.

Based on the records, Dogodo Bau will play the role as a wicket-keeper in this series, but Jack Vare is also expected to be in the XI as a back-up wicket-keeper. Bau maintains a strike-rate of just over 50 after played 8 ODI matches. Jake Vare has over 100 strike-rate but he just played 3 ODI matches till now. Five specialist bowlers are in the squad, Chad Soper, Norman Vanua, Nosaina Pokana, John Reva and Alei Nau. Chad Soper who currently in Sydney and play for Northern Districts has a tally of 13 wicketsin his kitty in just 5 ODI matches. In his first 2 ODI appearances, he claimed 9 wickets against Hong Kong in 2016. He will be the key bowler of the team. Norman Vanua contributes decently well with both bat and bowl. He claimed 12 wickets in 8 matches and his best figure was 4/60. The 21 years old young fast bowler Nosaina Pokana remained wicket-less in his all three ODI matches. He travels UAE with a hope of picking his first ODI wicket, hopefully, he will get it in this game. John Reva is the other regular member of PNG XI. He used to bowl right-arm medium pace and claimed 8 wickets in 6 matches. Alei Nao has picked a total of 4 wickets in those matches against Scotland last month. He may play another good role in this series against same opponent Scotland.

 

SCOTLAND :

The most promising batsman in the team Kyle Coetzer leads Scotland on this tour of UAE. Three uncapped players are in this Scotland squad, names Michael English, Elliot Ruthven and Mitchell Rao. Captain Kyle Coetzer and wicket keeper Matthew Cross are the regular opener for Scots and they will open the innings in this game as well. Kyle Coetzer has scored over 1500 runs in 37 ODI innings and he smashed 4 centuries and 8 half-centuries in his career. His highest ODI score was 156 and maintains a strike-rate of 89 overall. These records proves how important and key player he is for Scotland. On other side, Cross used to give solid company for Coetzer at top of the order. Cross just 26 runs away to reach 500 ODI runs and his highest ODI score was 91. As per Fantasy view Cross will be the better wicket-keeper pick for this match. Batsman at no. 3 Callum MacLeod smashed 154 runs off 163 balls against PNG last month. He is the other promising top order batsman in Scotland unit who has 1240 ODI runs in 44 matches with highest score of 175. He deserves a place in all your fantasy teams. Wicket keeper batsman Craig Wallace has scored 248 runs off 235 balls in 11 ODI matches. His highest ODI score was 58 and it came against Zimbabwe earlier this year.

All-rounder Richie Berrington used to bat at no. 4 and he has very decent records with both bat and bowl. He is one of the match-winner in the team. George Munsey had very average series in the ICC World Cricket League Championship matches against PNG last month. He might resolve those by playing well in this two match series. The veteran all-rounder Con de Lange claimed 5 for 60 against Zimbabwe few months ago and he also did a good job against PNG in October. He did not shine with a bat in recent times but does well with a ball. The explosive batting all-rounder Michael Leask has over 100 strike-rate in ODIs and bats well in lower middle-order. He picked only 5 wickets in 17 matches but used to bowl well economical spells with his off-break. The fast bowler Safyaan Shariff is the future of Scottish cricket and he has 28 scalps under his kitty in 24 matches. He usually bowls well economical spells with wickets and he is the key bowler in the team. Alasdair Evans is the most trustable bowler in the squad. He claimed 30 wickets in 22 innings and picked 4 wickets in last two matches against PNG. The young 21 years old Mark Watt has played only 6 ODIs so far and picked 5 wickets. He used to bowl slow left-arm orthodox which will play a big role in Dubai track. Those uncapped players may need to wait for their opportunity. If the teams looks for the extra bowler, then slight chances for Mitchell Rao to get a game on Friday.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

PNG :

  • Tony Ura
  • Assad Vala
  • Lega Siaka
  • Mahuru Dai
  • Dogodo Bau
  • Chad Soper
  • Norman Vanua
  • Alei Nao

 

SCOTLAND :

  • Kyle Coetzer
  • Matthew Cross
  • Callum MacLeod
  • Richie Berrington
  • Con de Lange
  • Michael Leask
  • Alasdair Evans
  • Safyaan Shariff

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

PNG :

1. Tony Ura, 2. Lega Siaka, 3. Sese Bau / Damien Ravu, 4. Assad Vala, 5. Dogodo Bau, 6. Mahuru Dai, 7. Jack Vare, 8. Norman Vanua, 9. Chad Soper, 10. John Reva, 11. Alei Nao.

SCOTLAND :

1. Matthew Cross, 2. Kyle Coetzer, 3. Callum MacLeod, 4. Richie Berrington, 5. George Munsey, 6. Michael Leask, 7. Craig Wallace / Mitchell Rao, 8. Safyaan Shariff, 9. Con de Lange, 10. Alasdair Evans, 11. Mark Watt.

 

 

 

Anand Thiyagarajan

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