Will Singapore pip Malaysia and gain lead in qualification?
Our prediction is Singapore will win the match!
ICC T20 World Cup qualifiers had come to the last stages in the Asia region with five teams fighting each other for a lone spot in ICC 2020 T20 World Cup. Singapore is one of the favorites to make the qualification as a host nation. Singapore defeated Qatar by 31 runs in their first match in this tournament and it was also their first international T20 match of their team. S Chandramohan played a responsible knock of 47 runs and laid a strong platform for their batting innings.
T David played a crucial hand of 38 runs and built an important 61 run partnership with Chandramohan in the middle overs. R Rohan and Manpreet Singh played aggressive knocks and helped their post a massive total of 186 runs on board. Janak Prakash and Amjad Mahboob kept taking wickets at regular intervals and never allowed the opposition any chance in the chase. They both took 3 wickets each in the match. S Vijayakumar, V Baskaran, and CR Suryawanshi took crucial wickets and maintained the pressure created by other bowlers.
Malaysia has won one match and lost one match in the tournament so far. They cannot afford to lose another match as it will push them out of the qualification race. Malaysia`s match against Nepal was reduced to a 9-over shootout due to the rain. Syed Aziz is their consistent batsmen this tournament with good knocks in both their matches. Shafid Shariq, Aminuddin Ramly, and Virandeep Singh have played some vital cameos in the middle order. Malaysia`s batting has consistently put runs on the board in both the matches.
Their bowlers failed to defend 83 runs against a strong Nepal team in the 9-over contest. Muhamad Syahadat is in a good rhythm with the ball and is taking wickets on a consistent basis. Fitri Sham, Pavandeep Singh, and Syed Aziz are also amongst the wickets column and combine to form a strong bowling unit.
N Chandramohan– Chandramohan has been one of the most consistent batsmen for the Singapore team. He ended their sub-regional tournament as the highest run-scorer and helped his qualify to regional finals.
Janak Prakash – Janak Prakash bowled a brilliant spell of 4-1-15-3 in the last match and was awarded Man of Match award for his performance. He took two crucial wickets inside the powerplay overs to stall the opposition`s chase.
N Chandramohan - 47 runs (39 balls), 5X4s, 2X6s
A Mahboob - 4-0-38-3
Vinoth Baskaran, Surendran Chandramohan, Tim David, Anantha Krishna, Amjad Mahboob(C), Anish Paraam, Janak Prakash, Rohan Rangarajan, Manpreet Singh (Wk), Chetan Suryawanshi, Selladore Vijayakumar
Syed Aziz– Syed Aziz has scores of 34 & 30 in the two matches he played so far. He has also taken 2 wickets with the ball but has leaked runs at 11 RPO. He is one of the all-rounders to watch out for both with the ball and bat.
M Syahadat – Syahadat is an attacking bowler who has the ability to pick a lot of wickets with his flight and variations. He has taken 6 wickets in the two matches played so far.
Syed Aziz – 64 runs, Strike rate – 150, HS -34 & 2 wickets
M Syahadat – 6 wickets, Eco- 10.4 RPO, BB – 3/19
Anwar Arudin, Shafiq Sharif (Wk), Syed Aziz, Aminuddin Ramly, Muhamad Syahadat, Virandeep Singh, Ahmed Faiz (c), S Muniandy, Fitri Sham, Anwar Rahman, Pavandeep Singh
IAC ground at Singapore is known to have a good balance between the bat and ball and we can expect an average score in the range of 140-160 runs in this match. The weather on match day looks bright and sunny with just 5-10 chances of rain.
Chasing teams have won the last two matches played here and the pitch seems to ease out as the match progresses. Both captains will look to chase down the target in this match.
Singapore team has played good cricket so far and their team is high on morale as they have never lost in their last 6-7 matches. Malaysia has a strong batting line-up, but their bowling unit is leaking runs in crucial situations. We expect Singapore to win this match.