World Cup Qualifiers

WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS – DAY 3 MATCHES – FANTASY PREVIEW

After two days of actions, the ICC event World Cup Qualifiers hosts next four matches on match day three. The home team Zimbabwe and Scotland have won both of their first two matches respectively and tops Group B. Team Ireland has won their second match to hold on top spot in Group A. Zimbabwe and Ireland are two teams which having a rest day while Netherlands meets UAE in match 9, West Indies set to play against PNG, Scotland will face Nepal and Afghanistan takes on Hong Kong on Day 3 of actions. All four matches are schedule to start at 9:30 AM Local | 1 PM IST on Thursday, 8th March 2018.

 

MATCH 9 – NETHERLANDS v UNITED ARAB EMIRATES :

Netherlands who regained ODI status after won ICC World Cricket League Championship few months ago, started their campaign with a defeat against Ireland. Some an average bowling performances and an inconsistency in batting cost them a match other day. Timm van der Gugten who was the best pick of the bowler, also top scored with 33 runs at 9 in batting order. Collapses in top and middle-order led the team on losing side. It could be a tough and must win game for the Orange side on Thursday. The experiences of senior players Peter Borren, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Roelof van der Merwe and Ben Cooper should come into play to holds team chances at World Cup. The failure of Max O’Dowd at top order may opens the gate for Bas de Leede and he would get an opportunity to experience some international cricket. Left-arm spinner Roelof van der Merwe, pacers Tim van der Gugten, Vivian Kingma and Paul van Meekeren will take care of bowling attack once again and batters are expect to come with much better performances against UAE.

The United Arab Emirates has one win and loss each after first two round of matches in Group A. First they beat Papua New Guinea in a very convincing passion then faced a defeat against West Indies after shown lots of character with a bat. Bowlers who were clinical against PNG, bowled an under average spells against West Indies in the last game. Rameez Shahzad’s impressive century, Shaiman Anwar and Adnan Mufti’s key knocks in middle-order were UAE’s positive signs in that game. As they have to win both remaining matches to secure a place in Super Sixes, UAE is expect to come with their A-game on Thursday. Skipper Rohan Mustafa had a bad game with both bat and bowl against Windies, but still he is the key player at top order. Ashfaq Ahmed would probably come back to the XI for this game. Rameez Shahzad, Shaiman Anwar, Muhammad Usman and Mohammad Naveed are other key players in the team.

KEY PLAYERS :

NETHERLANDS :

  • Wesley Barresi
  • Ben Cooper
  • Peter Borren
  • Ryan ten Doeschate
  • Roelof van der Merwe
  • Timm van der Gugten
  • Vivian Kingma

UAE :

  • Rohan Mustafa
  • Ghulam Shabber
  • Rameez Shahzad
  • Muhammad Usman
  • Shaiman Anwar
  • Imran Haider
  • Mohammad Naveed

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

NETHERLANDS :

1. Wesley Barresi, 2. Max O’Dowd / Bas de Leede, 3. Ben Cooper, 4. Peter Borren, 5. Ryan ten Doeschate, 6. Roelof van der Merwe, 7. Scott Edwards, 8. Pieter Seelaar / Fred Klaassen, 9. Timm van der Gugten, 10. Paul van Meekeren, 11. Vivian Kingma.

UAE :

1. Rohan Mustafa, 2. Chirag Suri / Ashfaq Ahmed, 3. Ghulam Shabber, 4. Rameez Shahzad, 5. Shaiman Anwar, 6. Muhammad Usman, 7. Adnan Mufti, 8. Amir Hayat / Zahoor Khan, 9. Mohammad Naveed, 10. Imran Haider, 11. Ahmed Raza.

 


 

MATCH 10 – WEST INDIES v PAPUA NEW GUINEA :

Jason Holder led West Indies had a lot of tough and disappointing moments during warm-ups, but they had a good positive start at right time in the first game. Centuries by Gayle and Hetmyer helped the side to post a mammoth total of 357 for 4 in 50 overs against UAE on Tuesday. Skipper Jason Holder led the team with a five wicket haul but rest other bowlers failed to bring A-game which allowed the opposition to post nearly 300 runs. The Universe Boss Chris Gayle could do much more damage with the bat and this time his partner Evin Lewis also has a chance to crush an inexperience bowling attack of PNG. The young Shimron Hetmyer notched up a maiden century in his very 3rd ODI innings other day. Shai Hope scored runs quickly at end overs before left the field as retired hurt. He was back and kept wickets behind the stumps later on, so he will be available for this game. The experienced Marlon Samuels departed for 15 runs against UAE, he is expected to play a good comeback innings against PNG. Jason Holder should carry forward the momentum he got in the first game while other bowlers Kemar Roach and Ashley Nurse are expected to be back with fine spells. West Indies might go with an one forced change as pacer Sheldon Cottrell walked off the field with an injury on Tuesday. All rounder Carlos Brathwaite or pacer Kesrick Williams will replaces Cottrell.

Back-to-back defeats in first two matches made PNG’s World Cup dream as a nightmare. Now, they requires two huge wins to keep some chances alive. After bowled out for 121 runs against UAE, they were shown some better batting performances against Ireland, thanks to Tony Ura’s 151 runs. The opener didn’t get any company from rest of the batting unit, none other batsmen in top 7 had scored in double-digits. As they are facing one of the tournament favorites West Indies, Assad Vala and his men in a situation of bringing more than 100% efforts in this game. Failures of top order players Lega Siaka, Vani Morea, Assad Vala and Mahuru Dai affects the team in a huge manner. All of them should find some form in no time to beat West Indies. Bowlers had hold on the game until last over, which means they are doing a better job than batting unit. Chad Soper, Norman Vanua, all rounders Assad Vala and Mahuru Dai are notable bowlers in the lineups.

KEY PLAYERS :

WEST INDIES :

  • Evin Lewis
  • Chris Gayle
  • Shimron Hetmyer
  • Marlon Samuels
  • Shai Hope
  • Ashley Nurse
  • Kemar Roach

PNG :

  • Assad Vala
  • Mahuru Dai
  • Tony Ura
  • Lega Siaka
  • Charles Amini
  • Chad Soper
  • Norman Vanua

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

WEST INDIES :

1. Chris Gayle, 2. Evin Lewis, 3. Shimron Hetmyer, 4. Marlon Samuels, 5. Shai Hope, 6. Jason Mohammed, 7. Jason Holder, 8. Carlos Brathwaite / Kesrick Williams, 9. Ashley Nurse, 10. Nikita Miller, 11. Kemar Roach.

PNG :

1. Tony Ura, 2. Vani Morea, 3. Assad Vala, 4. Lega Siaka, 5. Sese Bau / Kiplin Doriga, 6. Mahuru Dai, 7. Charles Amini, 8. Jack Vare, 9. Chad Soper, 10. Norman Vanua, 11. Alei Nao.

 


 

MATCH 11 – SCOTLAND v NEPAL :

Two top performances in two matches holds Scotland at top of the points table in Group B at the moment. After that stunning win against Afghanistan, the Scottish team continued their good run against Hong Kong. Bowling unit had gone deep through Hong Kong batting and bowled them out for just 91 runs in 39 overs. All 5 bowlers had bowled a maiden overs, in overall, they had bowled 14 maiden overs out of 39 overs. Tom Sole claimed a four wicket-haul while Alasdair Evans had picked 3 wickets. Skipper Kyle Coetzer led the batting unit with an unbeaten 41 runs and Munsey contributed 22 runs. The century maker and match-winner of the first game, MacLeod managed to score only 10 runs in the last game. Once again, Coetzer, MacLeod, Berrington and George Munsey are a key players with a bat and they are expect to vanish Nepal’s bowling attack. The strong bowling unit of Evans, Sharif, Tom Sole, Watt and Wheal are expected to assure the birth in Super Six stage with a win in this game. An unchanged playing XI are expected.

Team Nepal is set to be back on action after three days of rest. Nepal had faced a 116 runs defeat against Zimbabwe in their tournament opener. The inexperience of Nepal bowling attack allowed Zimbabwe to post a huge total of 380 runs in 50 overs. Captain Paras Khadka and Sompal Kami had conceded more than 10 runs per over in their respective spells. Part-timer Sharad Vesawkar was the only bowler who conceded under 6 runs per over. The young bowling sensation of Nepal Sandeep Lamichhane also bowled an expensive spell other day. Nepal lost that game but they batsmen had shown some fight to put up a total 264 runs. Half centuries by middle-order batsmen Sharad Vesawkar and Aarif Sheikh and a decent contributions of Khadka (40 runs), Rohit Kumar (30 runs) were a positive signs in Nepal’s innings. Captain Khadka and Lamichhane are star players of Nepal and they also have some key players like Vesawkar, Sheikh, Malla, Regmi and Rohit Kumar. KC Karan might get an opportunity in this game.

KEY PLAYERS :

SCOTLAND :

  • Kyle Coetzer
  • Callum MacLeod
  • Richie Berrington
  • Alasdair Evans
  • Safyaan Sharif
  • Mark Watt
  • Bradley Wheal

NEPAL :

  • Gyanendra Malla
  • Paras Khadka
  • Dipendra Airee
  • Sharad Vesawkar
  • Rohit Kumar
  • Sandeep Lamichhane
  • Basant Regmi

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

SCOTLAND :

1. Matthew Cross, 2. Kyle Coetzer, 3. Callum MacLeod, 4. Richie Berrington, 5. George Munsey, 6. Craig Wallace, 7. Safyaan Sharif, 8. Alasdair Evans, 9. Bradley Wheal, 10. Tom Sole, 11. Wark Watt.

NEPAL :

1. Gyanendra Malla, 2. Dilip Nath, 3. Paras Khadka, 4. Dipendra Airee, 5. Sharad Vesawkar, 6. Aarif Sheikh, 7. Rohit Kumar, 8. Sompal Kami / KC Karan, 9. Basant Regmi, 10. Sandeep Lamichhane, 11. Lalit Rajbhanshi / Shakti Gauchan.

 


 

MATCH 12 – AFGHANISTAN v HONG KONG :

Afghanistan who was one of the favorites of the tournament before it kick started, now in a position of must win to keep World Cup hope alive. After lost the first game to Scotland by 7 wickets, Afghanistan lost second match to Zimbabwe by just 2 runs margin. In both matches, Afghan side were in good position at one point but collapses in middle and lower order caused them in both occasions. Bowling unit were completely failed against Scotland but they have done their job well against Zimbabwe. Mohammad Nabi’s fantastic batting in vein once again as he scored two fifties in two matches and team lost both matches. The consistent batsman Rahmat Shah batted well for his 69 runs in the last game, hope for more runs from him against a weak Hong Kong side. The hard-hitting Mohammad Shahzad’s struggles continuing at top order as he scored at around strike-rate of 60 in both matches. Afghanistan side desperately need the service of an experienced all-rounder Samiullah Shenwari at middle-order. Therefore, lot of possible chances for Nasir Jamal to make a way for Shenwari and also Javed Ahmadi could replaces out-of-form Ihsanullah Janat at top order. Rashid Khan had claimed 3 wickets at later stage of Zimbabwe innings other day, but he should play much better cricket to claim a huge win in this game. Dawlat Zadran and Mujeeb Ur Rahman had bowled so well to share 5 wickets among them and they will continue to do a good job for the team.

Hong Kong team who are participating in their 7th World Cup Qualifier tournament, started their campaign with a disappointing loss against Scotland. Hong Kong batsmen were changed the game from 46 for no loss to 91 all out. A complete batting failure was a set back for them in the opening game. The opener Nizakat Khan top scored with 26 and his opening partner Aizaz Khan (17 runs) was a second top-scorer. Among bowlers, Ehsan Khan and Ehsan Nawaz did a good job and shared 5 wickets between them. As they are facing another tough opponent Afghanistan, skipper Babar Hayat, Nizakat Khan, Tanwir Afzal, Anshy Rath and Aizaz Khan all should bring their experiences into play to give some tough fight. If they manage to win Afghanistan that could be a biggest upset of the tournament for sure.

KEY PLAYERS :

AFGHANISTAN :

  • Rahmat Shah
  • Javed Ahmadi
  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Najibullah Zadran
  • Rashid Khan
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman
  • Dawlat Zadran

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

AFGHANISTAN :

As per the recent update Mohammad Shahzad banned for next two matches due to breaching ICC code of conduct in the last game. Therefore, both Ihsanullah and Javed Ahmadi will get a chance to open the innings. We have to wait and see who will take care of wicket-keeper duties.

1. Ihsanullah, 2. Javed Ahmadi, 3. Rahmat Shah, 4. Nasir Jamal / Samiullah Shenwari, 5. Mohammad Nabi, 6. Najibullah Zadran, 7. Sharafuddin Ashraf, 8. Rashid Khan, 9. Gulbadin Naib / Shapoor Zadran, 10. Dawlat Zadran, 11. Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

HONG KONG :

1. Nizakat Khan, 2. Aizaz Khan, 3. Babar Hayat, 4. Anshuman Rath, 5. Scott McKenchie / Christopher Carter, 6. Shahid Wasif, 7. Waqas Barkat / Ahsan Abbasi, 8. Tanwir Afzal, 9. Ehsan Khan, 10. Ehsan Nawaz, 11. Nadeem Ahmed.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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