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Toss Winner - United Arab Emirates won the toss and chose to bat first
Scotland beat United Arab Emirates by 4 wickets
UAE’s tough challenge against Scotland in unfriendly conditions
Scotland to win
Tournament: ICC Cricket World Cup League Two 2019-22 | Format: ODI | Venue: Moosa Cricket Stadium, Pearland, Texas, United States | Toss: To BatBet Now
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It will be an important game in the ICC Cricket World Cup League Two 2019-23 as Scotland would be up against the United Arab Emirates. Scotland played well in the last game against the United States, and they would be carrying that confidence here. UAE resumed its campaign in the tournament after three months and it will be interesting to see how they fare.
Scotland registered a big win in the last game, and they have their batsmen in good form. The side would look to continue with the good record they have enjoyed against UAE in the past. The United Arab Emirates would find these conditions challenging and they must be at their best to win here.
It was a clinical performance from Kyle Coetzer’s side in their last game against the United States of America which they won by 111 runs. They posted a big total on the board and never allowed the opponents to make a return to the game. The Scotland captain would be looking for a similar performance from his side in this game.
Coetzer and Matthew Cross will look to set up a big opening wicket stand as both these players have lots of experience. Richie Berrington hit a brilliant hundred in the last game, and he will look to steer the middle order with Calum MacLeod and George Munsey. In Michael Leask and Dylan Budge, the side has good hitters of the ball down the order making this line-up formidable.
Chris Sole and Safyaan Sharif come here with a strong performance, and they will look to make the best use of the new ball in this game. Hamza Tahir is enjoying a good run and he will aim to keep the scoring rate under check in the middle overs with MacLeod and Leask. Chris Greeves and Budge add depth to this attack.
Kyle Coetzer (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Dylan Budge, Michael Leask, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Greeves, Hamza Tahir, Chris Sole
Hamza Tahir, Calum MacLeod, Kyle Coetzer, Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross, Adrian Neill, Chris Sole, Chris Greaves, George Munsey, Michael Leask, Dylan Budge
Ahmed Raza’s side is placed third on the points table in this league and they have the United States giving them tough competition for a berth in the World Cup Qualifiers. They resume their campaign in this game after a gap of three months and Raza would want his players to be on the top of their game as they take on a tough opponent.
Muhammad Wase and Chirag Suri have done well for the side opening the batting and they would need to provide a strong start in this game. In the middle order, the side has good firepower with Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Vriitya Aravind, and the experienced Rohan Mustafa in the side. Scotland has a strong bowling attack, and the side would need Basil Hameed and Kashif Daud to do well down the order.
Daud and Junaid Siddique have a vital role to play with the new ball as the Scottish batsmen are known for being good hitters of the ball. Raza brings in lots of experience to the table and he would need to do well in the middle overs of the game with Mustafa and Basil Hameed.
Ahmed Raza (c), Muhammad Wase, Chirag Suri, Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Rohan Mustafa, Basil Hameed, Kashif Daud, Alishan Sharafu, Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddique
Rohan Mustafa, Chirag Suri, Waseem Muhammad, Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Basil Hameed, Junaid Siddique, Vriitya Aravind, Kashif Daud, Ahmed Raza, Zahoor Khan, Alishan Sharafu
It would be a bright and warm day at Pearland on May 31. The wicket has been flat here, and this has allowed batsmen to play their strokes freely. The ball comes onto the bat nicely and there isn’t much for the bowlers. The side batting first would need a minimum of 280 runs on the board to defend it successfully.
Moosa Stadium, Pearland, Texas is a large ground with a fast outfield. The wicket is a good one to bat on as the ball comes onto the bat nicely allowing batsmen to play their strokes freely. There isn’t much on this track for the bowlers though the fast bowlers get the ball to swing. Spinners don’t get much help from this track.
In the two games that have been played at this venue, we have seen sides batting first registering big wins. The wicket tends to slow down as the game progresses making it challenging for the batsmen. The side winning the toss here would have no hesitation in opting to bat first.
The United Arab Emirates team have a big challenge on their hands in this game. Their bowling attack would have to be in its best shape to do well at this venue. The side would need its experienced players to fight it hard. Scotland comes here with a big win and both their batsmen and bowlers are doing well. They have enjoyed a good record against UAE, and this would make them favorites in the game.
Scotland to win
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