After the conclusion of the most followed T20 global event- the Indian Premier League 2021, we quickly move ahead to the much-awaited 7th edition of the T20 World Cup, which is slated to take place in Oman and UAE from the 17th of October with the grand final to be held on the 14th of November.
With 16 teams set to take the field, the tournament will begin with the qualifiers, where eight teams who are split into two groups will fight for the four remaining spots in the Super 12 stages.
The tournament is set to commence with a double-header and will witness the hosts- Oman takes on the new entrants PNG. The second match between Bangladesh and Scotland is our focus for the day.
Interestingly, Scotland is one of the minnow sides whom Bangladesh have not played often and to make the proceedings even interesting, the only match the two sides played together, it was Scottish side who came out the victor by a margin of 34 runs riding on the Berrington’s classy ton of 58 balls.
Can Scotland spring a surprise against the in-form Bangladesh? Or will the Tigers continue their merry run by making easy work of the World No.14?
Match Toss Time: 17:30 Local (19:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)
Match Venue: Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1), Al Amerat
Head to Head
Matches played:1, Bangladesh: 0, Scotland: 1
Weather conditions and pitch
The conditions are well in favor of the sport as clear skies are expected throughout the course of the day. The temperature is expected to be hovering at 33-29 degrees Celsius and the humidity at the peak is likely to touch the 24% mark.
The Al Amerat venue is reported to be a very well-balanced venue in terms of the competition between the bat and ball, However, the pitch is expected to be more in favor of the spinners than the pacers as no swing whatsoever is expected at this venue. Given that the pitch would be fresh, we expect the initial stages of the group matches to be high-scoring encounters.
Both the sides have not reported any injuries and the teams look fine to feature their best playing Xl. Bangladesh wicket-keeper Nurul Islam has been in great touch in the international circuit and for this reason, he is likely to get the green signal ahead of the veteran Musfiqur Rahim.
Scotland too will have an important decision to make between the likes of Wicket-keepers Matthew Cross and Craig Wallace. Cross might just have the edge here given his recent form.
Probable playing Xl
Bangladesh (BAN): Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Naim, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah (c), Nurul Hasan (wk), Afif Hossain, Liton Das, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed
Scotland (SCO): Kyle Coetzer (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Dylan Budge, Michael Leask, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans, Brad Wheal
Bangladesh’s superstar all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan and Liton Das have been the two players who have been in exemplary touch across all the formats of the game. They are must-picks in your line-up as they are expected to pile on the points.
Scottish all-rounder Richie Berrington and Kyle Coetzer are our other two must-picks as they have been a regular in the international side for quite some time now and their records too suggest they could rank you up in the contest.
BAN vs SCO fantasy team
Captain and vice-captain picks
Do not be deceived by the head-to-head stats of the teams as the Bangladesh side are no more that side. Their incredible domination at the international circuit included the likes of teams like Australia and New Zealand. Their only weak link, for now, could be their batting but their bowling has been arguably the best in the world.
If Scotland are to have any chance of winning it will be upto their top three to score big. However, we feel the likes of Rahman, Shakib, and Mohammad Saifuddin could prove too tough for the Scottish players to get away with.
Cricwizz predicts Bangladesh to win the match and open their account.
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