Host Oman aim for a strong start against Hong Kong!
Expect Oman to beat Hong Kong in this 1st game!
Host Oman will be looking to get off to a good start when they take on Hong Kong in the opening game of Oman Pentangular T20I series at Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Muscat on Saturday. Oman Captain Zeeshan Maqsood can deliver a clinical performance with bat and ball to end their losing streak in the 20-over format. The side has failed to win a T20I game this year and will be looking to turn things around in this competition.
On the other hand, Hong Kong will be looking to put up a decent show against Oman in their opening fixture. Captain Aizaz Khan will be hoping that the side can start the competition on a positive note.
The home side will be confident of doing well against Hong Kong in front of their crowds. In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Zeeshan Maqsood, Jatinder Singh and Khurram Nawaz to deliver the bulk of the runs. In previous Quadrangular tournament played earlier this year, Jatinder Singh topped the batting charts for Oman with 87 runs in 3 matches at an average of 29.00. Khurram Nawaz also chipped in with crucial scores for the side in the previous competition and accumulated 82 runs in 3 innings at an average of 27.33.
The team management will be hoping that Khurram Nawaz and Jatinder Singh can deliver runs with the bat in this Pentangular competition. Captain Zeeshan Maqsood is the most experienced player for Oman and has played 16 T20I matches. He has accumulated 368 runs at an average of 24.53 with one half-century to his name middle-order comprising of Mohammad Nadeem, Naseem Khushi and Sandeep Goud will need to contribute runs for the side in this opening fixture. In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Bilal Khan, Mohammad Nadeem and Fayyaz Butt to provide crucial breakthroughs. Left-arm medium-pacer Bilal Khan has been the most successful bowler for Oman in the T20 format. He has claimed 22 wickets in 19 matches at an average of 22.31.
Zeeshan Maqsood (captain), Jatinder Singh, Aamir Kaleem, Khurram Nawaz, Mohammad Nadeem, Mehran Khan, Sandeep Goud, Naseem Khushi, Bilal Khan, Fayyaz Butt, Jay Odedra.
Khawar Ali, Bilal Khan, Sandeep Goud, Mohammad Nadeem, Fayyaz Butt, Jatinder Singh, Aamir Kaleem, Khurram Nawaz, Aaqib Sulehri, Suraj Kumar, Zeeshan Maqsood
Newly-appointed captain Aizaz Khan will be hoping that side can make an impression with bat and ball in this opening fixture. In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Nizakat Khan, Waqas Khan and Aizaz Khan to do the bulk of the scoring. Opening batsman Nizakat Khan is the most experienced player in the batting lineup. In the 23 T20Is, Nizakat has accumulated 377 runs at an average of 17.95 with two half-centuries to his name. Besides, Aizaz Khan and Waqas Khan will be looking to contribute with crucial runs for this opening fixture.
Wicket-keeper Shahid Wasif, Ehsan Khan and Kyle Christie will need to deliver runs for the side in this game. In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Aizaz Khan, Ehsan Khan and Ninad Shah to deliver crucial breakthroughs in this contest. Medium-pacer Aizaz Khan has been the most successful bowler for the side in the T20I format. He has picked up 28 wickets in 23 T20 matches at an average of 18.92. Waqas Barkat, Mohammad Ghanzafar and Raag Kapur are other bowling options for the side for this game.
Aizaz Khan (captain), Nizakat Khan, Waqas Khan, Shahid Wasif, Ehsan Khan, Kyle Christie, Ninad Shah, Waqas Barkat, Mohammad Ghanzafar, Raag Kapur, Simandeep Singh.
Aarush Bhagwat, Scott McKechnie, Ahsan Abassi, Kinchit Shah, Nasrulla Rana, Kyle Christie, Haroon Arshad, W Barkat, Nizakat Khan, Shahid Wasif, Ehsan Khan
The wicket prepared for the opening game will be decent for batting. The weather condition for the game to be played on Saturday is expected to have bright sunshine throughout the day.
Al-Amerat Cricket Ground in Muscat, Oman is going to host the opening game of Pentangular T20I series between Oman and Hong Kong. Host Oman have lost their last three games at this venue. The home side will take heart from the fact that they have an excellent head-to-head against Hong Kong in the T20 format.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a modest total. Average score has been around 130 runs at the venue.
Host Oman will be firm favorites to win this game against Hong Kong. The home side will have a big advantage as they are playing in their home conditions. With likes of Jatinder Singh and Khurram Nawaz, Oman will be keen to deliver a strong show in this game.
Expect Oman to beat Hong Kong in this 1st game!