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Bahrain vs Saudi Arabia, Desert Cup T20I Series 2022, Today Match Prediction

Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1), Al Amerat, Oman

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Bahrain's quest for 3rd place finish  

  • Saudi Arabia has won only once in the three games it has played in the tournament, and they are in poor form
  • Saudi Arabia's batsmen have scored runs at a low strike rate in most games hurting the side's cause
  • Bahrain's top order is in good form, where Sohail Ahmed and Imran Anwar have scored almost 400 runs

Bahrain to win

Tournament: Desert Cup T20I Series 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1), Al Amerat, Oman | Toss: To Bowl

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Bahrain would be upset after its lackluster show in the last game against Saudi Arabia. The poor show meant that the side failed to qualify for the final of the Desert Cup T20I Series 2022. It was a bad day for their batsmen that cost them the game. The side would look to finish on a high and grab the 3rd place as they take on Saudi Arabia in the next game.  

Bahrain shall look to fight back hard and avenge the defeat in the last game. Saudi Arabia hasn't been in good form, and the side has won just one game in this tournament. But they would take confidence from their victory in the last game and look to finish the tournament on a positive note.  

Bahrain Preview

Back-to-back losses would hurt Sarfaraz Ali's side. Their batsmen and bowlers fared poorly in the last two games, and the side needs a better show here. Their batting line-up has already proved its skills, and the side shall look for a turnaround in this game and grab third place in the tournament.  

David Mathias and Sarfaraz Ali have missed out in the last couple of games, and the side would want to see a good start from the pair. In the middle order, they would need partnerships between Imran Anwar, Ahmed Nasir, and Sohail Ahmed. Haider Butt scored runs in the last game and will look to do the same along with Danish Jasnaik.  

Rizwan Butt and Shahid Mahmood must do well here, as they leaked runs in the last game, allowing the Saudis to cruise to a win. Sathaiya Veerapathiran has been the best bowler for the team in this tournament and must bowl good spells in the middle overs. Imran Anwar and Jasnaik shall look to do well in the supporting role.  

Bahrain Predicted Playing XI:

Sarfaraz Ali (c), David Mathias, Imran Anwar, Ahmed Nasir (wk), Sohail Ahmed, Danish Jasnaik, Haider Butt, Sikander Billah, Sathaiya Veerapathiran, Rizwan Butt, Shahid Mahmood

Saudi Arabia Preview

Abdul Waheed's side pulled off a surprising win in the last game. The 9-wicket win against Bahrain shall fill the side with confidence after their struggles in earlier tournament games. A 3rd place finish would go down as an outstanding achievement for the side. Waheed shall want his players to take inspiration from the last game and do well.  

Opener Faisal Khan played an excellent knock in the last game and shall look to set up a good partnership with Kashif Siddique. Abdul Waheed has a lot of experience, and he must do well in this game with Saad Khan and Usman Najeeb in the middle order. Irfan Sarfaraz and Haseeb Ghafoor shall look to do well lower the order.  

The bowling attack did well in the last game and they would expect a good show from Atif Ur Rehman and Ishtiaq Ahmed with the new ball. Zain Ul Abidin bowled a miserly spell, and a similar show in the middle order would work well for the team. Usman Najeeb, Irfan Sarfaraz, and Faisal Khan shall look to do well in this game.  

Saudi Arabia Predicted Playing XI:

Abdul Waheed (c), Faisal Khan, Kashif Siddique, Saad Khan, Usman Najeeb, Irfan Sarfaraz, Haseeb Ghafoor (wk), Atif Ur Rehman, Zain Ul Abidin, Ishtiaq Ahmad, Irshad Mubbashar

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Weather Conditions

We shall see clear skies in Al Amerat, and the conditions shall be hot at the start of the game. The wicket is flat, and batsmen can easily score runs on this surface. However, they have to be careful about balls that stop on them. The side batting first would like to have 180 on the board.

Venue Details

Al Amerat Cricket Ground has a flat surface and a fast outfield. Big scores are made here, and batsmen can easily score runs in boundaries. Fast bowlers don't have much on this wicket, as the bounce is low. Spinners have done well, as the ball can turn sharply.

Toss: To Bowl

It is a small ground, and defending scores is always a challenge. Most teams have so far preferred to chase here and have won games. Both captains shall have this in their minds, and the one winning the toss shall look to bowl first. 

Saudia Arabia surprised everyone with a win in the last game. However, the side has been inconsistent, and they need to show more consistency in this game to win and finish ahead of Bahrain. As for the Bahranians, they have a strong batting line-up, and it will make them favorites to win.

Bahrain to win


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