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Japan vs South Korea, ICC Mens T20 World Cup East Asia Pacific Qualifier B 2022, Today Match Prediction

Sano International Cricket Ground, Sano

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Japan to take on South Korea in ICC Men's T20 World Cup East Asia Pacific Qualifier B 2022.

  • Japan beat South Korea by 48 runs in their first game of the Qualifier series
  • South Korea have lost both of their games so far.
  • In the 5 T20s, Japan has three wins over South Korea.

We predict that Japan will defeat South Korea.

Tournament: ICC Mens T20 World Cup East Asia Pacific Qualifier B 2022 | Format: T20I | Venue: Sano International Cricket Ground, Sano | Toss: To Bat

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The stage is set between Japan and South Korea to play the fourth game of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup East Asia Pacific Qualifier B 2022. The T20I will be played at Sano International Cricket Ground on 17th October from 10 am. Japan have already won their first game against South Korea by 48 runs.

Batting first, Japan put in a total of 218 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. Skipper Kendel Fleming scored a classy century. South Korea’s Aamir Lal took 2 wickets for 28 runs. South Korea started with a bang by putting in 35 runs in just 15 deliveries. But a fiery spell from Piyush Kumbhare and Kohei Kubota halted their efforts. South Korea fell short of 48 runs to suffer a back-to-back loss in the tournament.

Japan is currently second in the points table with 2 points in one game, while South Korea is at the bottom with two losses. The tournament winner will be placed with Papua New Guinea, Philippines, and Vanuatu to play the regional finals and qualify for the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Japan Preview

Japan is slowly gelling into the T20 format. It was their third win in the last four T20s. And their first 200-plus score ever. Lachlan lake and Supun Navaratne will be the obvious choice to open the innings. Navaratne put up a partnership of 62 runs against South Korea after losing the early wicket. Skipper Kendel Fleming has worked well for Japan at number three. Fleming has 212 runs in 4 T20Is at a strike rate of 207.84. This includes a century and a half-century with  17 fours and 15 sixes. Undoubtedly, he will be the batter to watch out for against South Korea.

Sabaorish Ravichandran will play in the middle with Shogo Kimura and wicket-keeper Alexander Patmore. After Fleming, Ravichandran is their most destructive player, with a strike rate of 143.10. Both Kimura and Patmore are the weak links in the middle that South Korea can look to exploit to put pressure on. 

Reo Thomas, Ibrahim Takahashi, and Piyush Kumbhare will lead the pace attack for Japan. The trio has taken 15 wickets in 4 T20Is for Japan, with Thomas leading the battle (6 wickets). Thomas is Japan’s first and only bowler to take a five-for in a game. Kumbhare will be the most economical bowler. He is yet to give 5 runs in an over (Economy 4.11). Kohei Kobata took 2 for 28 in the last game against South Korea.

Key Players: Kendel Fleming, Sabaorish Ravichandran, Supun Navaratne

Japan Predicted Playing XI:

Lachlan Lake, Kendel Fleming (c), Ibrahim Takahashi, Sabaorish Ravichandran, Alexander Patmore (wk), Shogo Kimura, Supun Navaratne, Declan Suzuki, Piyush Kumbhare, Reo Thomas, Kohei Kubota

South Korea Preview

South Korea has been struggling this year. Last year they finished second in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup East Asia Pacific Qualifier. But they haven’t won a single game this year. They will go with skipper Jun Hyunwoo and Aamir Lal to open the innings. Lal’s strike rate is 253.33. 

Mudassir Iqbal and Raja Shoib in the middle can create a problem for Japan. The duo has scored 101 in the last 2 T20Is. Iqbal scored 46 in 26 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes against Japan. On the other hand, Shoaib scored an unbeaten 40 in 30 balls. Shoaib was Korea’s second leading run scorer last season and will be the batter to look for.

South Korea’s bowling unit is still in the developmental phase. Aamir Lal will lead the attack. Lal took 2 for 28 against Japan. He is Korea’s most economical bowler, with an ER of 6.12. Lee Hwanhee and Kim Daeyeon will be the remaining choices for Korea to help Lal put pressure on Japan.

Key Players: Mudassir Iqbal, Raja Shoaib, Aamir Lal.

South Korea Predicted Playing XI:

Kim Daeyeon, Jun Hyunwoo (c), Mudassir Iqbal, Alam Nakash, A Iqbal, Raja Shoaib (wk), Aamir Lal, Kuldeep Gurjar, Nishat Nazmussakib, Ullah Sana, Lee Kangmin

W. speed
W. direction
0 mm.
0.97 k/h
From: SW
0 mm.
2.36 k/h
From: SSE
0.64 mm.
1.21 k/h
From: NW
0.87 mm.
0.47 k/h
From: NNW
2.52 mm.
1.48 k/h
From: WNW
1.02 mm.
2.27 k/h
From: E
0.33 mm.
2.35 k/h
From: ENE

Weather Conditions

The weather will be mostly cloudy, with rain later in the day.  The temperature will range between 17 and 22°C. The wind will be flowing from the west at 3 kmh. This will be the seventh game played at the venue. The pitch favors both batters and bowlers. But the assistance shifts towards spinners in the second innings.

Venue Details

The 5th T20I between Japan and South Korea will be played at Sano International Cricket Ground on 17th October from 10 am. The venue holds a capacity of 2000 spectators and has hosted 5 T20Is so far.

Toss: To Bat

In the 5 T20I, the results have favored the team defending the target on 4 occasions. The average first innings score is 149. The average second innings score is 100. Japan's highest score at Sano is 218, registered in the first innings. The team winning the toss should bat first.

It's a home game for Japan. They have been good this year and have won three of their last four games. South Korea is yet to open their win account this year. They are on low confidence with back-to-back losses. Japan has won three of their last five games against South Korea.

We predict that Japan will defeat South Korea.


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