SIN vs SCO: The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 qualifier is all set to commence from the 18th of October as 14 teams battle it out to make it to the first group stage of the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup.
The qualifications for the mega event began on 26th February 2018 in Argentina with a total of 61 Associate member teams competing. Out of those, 25 progressed to the regional finals with the top 7 advancing to the qualifiers. They were joined by the top six teams from the 2015 qualifier that were outside the top ten places in the ICC T20I Championship by the cut-off date of 31 December 2018, and the tournament host. The top 6 teams thereafter, will join Sri Lanka & Bangladesh in the first group stage of the World tournament.
Singapore take on Scotland in the tournament’s opener at the ICC Academy, Dubai. Singapore’s journey to the qualifiers has been quite a tedious one. The unit had to play the eastern sub-regional qualifiers & the regional finals to feature in the top 14. Singapore progressed to the qualifiers after beating Nepal in the regionals finals by 82 runs.
Scotland, on the other hand, have played only 13 T20Is in the last 22 months. Their most recent participation, the Ireland Tri-Nation Series where the Scottish team played 4, won 2. A certain George Munsey then smashed the 5th fastest hundred in all T20Is.
When: 18th October 2019
Where: ICC Academy, Dubai
Kick-Off Time: 11:30 AM, IST
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GROUND DETAILS & CONDITIONS
44 T20 games have been played at this venue & the aggregate run-making rate is a decent 7.4. Six hitting hasn’t been the easiest here. A big-un is hit every 30 deliveries. A sigh of relief for the tweakers.
Right-arm pacers have garnered the most number of wickets at this venue. 178 wickets @ 21.9. The right-arm tweakers have conceded 7.3 RPO & have dismissed batters every 16.2 deliveries. The left-armers, however, have been the most miserly operators. They concede 6.7 runs/over.
Teams batting first have won 14 games while teams chasing have managed to win only 3. The turf here deteriorates as the game goes on & striking the ball on length becomes that much more difficult.
The average 1st innings total at this venue – 153
Average 2nd innings total – 121
THE COETZER, MUNSEY, BERRINGTON TROIKA
Since 2018, Scotland have played 13 T20Is & won 6, courtesy a lethal troika of Scottish marauders. Kyle Coetzer needs no introduction, George Munsey has been smashing the white kookaburra to all corners of the park & Richard Berrington has been ever so consistent.
When the trio fires, Scotland almost certainly wins. Munsey has scores of 27, 34 & 127* in 3 of his last 4 T20I & his strike-rate, a colossal 189.3. His overall T20I strike-rate isn’t shabby either. At 158.52 runs per hundred deliveries, Munsey is placed 4th on the list of batters with the highest strike-rate in T20Is. A good proposition for a fantasy captain or vice-captain. Coetzer(170.5) & Berrington(160.8) also deserve a reckoning for they’ve been pummeling the white cherry with some pejorative panache.
Alasdair Evans has been rock-solid with the ball for the Scotts. The Lanky pacer has picked 15 wickets in his last 11 games & will be a force to be reckoned with. 23-year-old Mark Watt has been at his dextrous best. The left-arm orthodox’s dexterity makes him an assured pick in the fantasy XI. Hamza Tahir’s concedes runs at 9.62 runs/over but his wicket-taking ability propounds his inclusion in your Fantasy XI.
Coetzer’s numbers are better whilst chasing. His balls per dismissal batting in a run-chase is 27.6 compared to 23.8 batting first.
SINGAPORE’S TOP MEN
Singapore’s run to the qualifiers can be compared to that of Cassini’s. They’ve been set out in the cricketing space forever. The legion went undefeated in the Eastern sub-region tournament & the regional finals. Tim David, in particular, has been their go-to man. The right-hand bat scored a classy 77 off 43 in the regional finals against Nepal, averages an unheard-of 56.20 in T20Is & strikes 164.32 runs per hundred balls.
Surendran Chandramohan, one half of the opening combination, provides stability in a rather flashy top 3. Chandranmohan’s 66 against Zimbabwe was a testament to his ability to fire at the highest level. He’ll be a man to watch out for.
Among all the batsmen for this fixture, while batting first surprisingly, Tim David and Surendran Chandramohan have the best Balls Per Dismissal, even better than Scotland. If Singapore bat first, they could potentially create an upset riding on the form of these 2 batsmen. David- 40.8 and Chandramohan – 27.2
Amjad Mahboob & Janak Prakash are wily operators & have been key to Singapore’s success. Both the medium pacers have been extremely economical(7.26 & 6.00) & are persistent wicket-takers(9 wickets each).
EXPECTED PLAYING XIs FOR SIN vs SCO
George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer(c), Calum Macleod, Michael Leask, Richard Berrington, Ollie Hairs, Matthew Cross/Craig Wallace, Safyaan Sharif, Mark Watt, Alasdair Evans, Hamza Tahir
Rohan Rangarajan, Surendran Chandramohan, Tim David, Aritra Dutta, Manpreet Singh, Janak Prakash, Sidhant Singh, Selladore Vijaykumar, Amjad Mahboob, Aahan Gopinath Achar, Vinoth Baskaran
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