Our Prediction is Malaysia to win the match!
Kuwait will be looking to get off to a decent start when they take on Malaysia in the 2nd match of ICC T20 World Cup Asian Regional Finals Qualifier in Singapore on Monday.
Kuwait just managed to qualify for this tournament and won two games out of five played in the 2018 ICC T20 World Cup Asian Western Sub Regional Qualifier. Captain Muhammad Kashif also will be hoping that the side can deliver a good show with the bat and ball in their opening fixture.
On the other hand, Malaysia played exceedingly well to finish with 7 points from six matches in 2018 ICC T20 World Cup Asian Eastern Sub Regional Qualifier. Captain Ahmed Faiz will be hoping that the side can produce the goods in this contest.
Captain Muhammad Kashif and co. will aim for a strong comeback in their first fixture against Malaysia. The side will desperate to get off to a good start in this competition.
Kuwait will need to put up a display with the bat and ball against Malaysia. Captain Muhammad Kashif will certainly have to lead from the front with the bat. The opener looked a bit rusty in the first game and failed to get going against Sunrisers.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Usman Waheed, Mohammad Kashif and Mohammad Asghar to produce the bulk of the runs. Usman Waheed chipped in with valuable scores for the side at the top of the innings in the previous competition.
Middle-order batsman Mohammad Asghar was the standout performer with the bat for Kuwait in the 2018 ICC T20 World Cup Asian Western Sub Regional Qualifier competition. He will be looking to continue his rich vein of form with the bat in this opening fixture.
Players like Ali Zaheer, R Sandaruwan and Sajid Manzil have chipped in with valuable contributions with the bat in the previous tournament. The team management will be hoping that the trio can produce decent scores for the side in this competition.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Arjun Makesh, Azmatullah Nazeer and Imran Ali to provide crucial breakthroughs in this game. Sajid Manzil, Mohammad Kashif and Mohammad Naseer are other prominent options for the side with the ball in hand.
Muhammad Kashif (captain), Usman Waheed (wk), Abid Mushtaq, Ali Zaheer, Mohammed Asghar, R Sandaruwan, Azmatullah Nazeer, Sajid Manzil, Mohammad Naseer, Abdul Sadiq, Imran Ali.
Ahmed Faiz-led unit will be hoping that the side can deliver a clinical performance with bat and ball in this contest. The side will need to guard against complacency and prepare well for their opening game against Kuwait.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Shafiq Sharif, Anwar Arudin and Ahmed Faiz to produce the bulk of the runs in this game. Wicket-keeper batsman Shafiq Sharif topped the batting charts for Malaysia in 2018 ICC T20 World Cup Asian Eastern Sub Regional Qualifier. He will be looking to continue his decent form with the bat in this opening fixture.
Middle-order comprising of Suhan Alagaratnam, Muhamad Syahadat and Virandeep Singh will need to produce decent scores for the side in this competition. The batting trio did put in decent performances for Malaysia in the previous tournament.
The likes of Syed Aziz, S Muniandy and SKG Krishnan have chipped in with crucial scores for the side in the previous competition. More of the same will be expected from them in this competition.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Anwar Rahman, Pavandeep Singh and SKG Krishnan to provide crucial breakthroughs in this game. S Muniandy, Muhamad Syahadat and Syed Aziz are other bowling options for Malaysia for this opening fixture.
Ahmed Faiz (captain), Suhan Alagaratnam, Shafiq Sharif (wk), Syed Aziz, Muhamad Syahadat, S Muniandy, Anwar Rahman, Pavandeep Singh, SKG Krishnan, Mohammad Wafiq, Anwar Arudin
The pitch prepared for the game will be decent for batting. Expect the bowlers to work hard on this surface to get wickets. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Monday is going to be cloudy skies with a 30 percent chance of rain.
Indian Association Ground in Singapore is going to host a second game between Kuwait and Malaysia. It is certainly going to be a tight contest between two evenly matched teams.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first. Due to rain expected later in the game, both teams might prefer chasing as it will be difficult for bowlers to grip the ball in wet conditions.
After analyzing both sides, we feel Malaysia is much better placed to win the game. The side has much superior bowling attack in comparison to Kuwait. Ahmad Faiz and co. will be looking to produce their best game with the bat and ball against Kuwait. Expect Malaysia to beat Kuwait by a comfortable margin.