It is the 6th and the last game in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup East Asia Pacific Qualifier B 2022, and South Korea will be up against Indonesia. South Korea is coming here with a loss against Japan, and they'd look for a face-saving win in this contest. Indonesia would play Japan before this game and need to win both to keep hopes alive for a place in the East Asia-Pacific Regional Final.
South Korea has performed poorly in the tournament and has lost all three games. Their batting line-up has been in poor form, with the top order struggling with its strike rate. They would need to put that behind the losses and play with a positive mind. Indonesia still has a chance of making it to the next round and would fight it hard in this game.
South Korea Preview
It has been a bad tournament for Jun Hyunwoo's side. They have suffered three losses, all of which have been big. The side comes into this game with an 8-wicket loss against Japan, where their batting line-up failed to deliver again. They won't qualify for the EAP Regional Final, and Hyunwoo shall like to finish the otherwise poor campaign on a high with a win in this game.
Kim Daeyeon has been the lone performer with the bat, and he needs to set up a big opening wicket stand with Aamir Lal. Soochan Park, Alam Nakash, and Lee Kangmin haven't been in great form, and they'd have to deliver the goods in the middle order. The team shall also expect runs in the lower middle order from Raja Shoaib, Mudassir Iqbal, and Jun Hyunwoo.
Ullah Sana and Alam Nakash haven't been good with the new ball. The team would like to see early strikes from them in this game. Aamir Lal and Kim Daeyeon also need to bowl good lines in the middle overs, as their opponents have a strong batting line-up. Nishat Nazmussakib and Lee Hwanhee shall look to do well in the supporting act.
South Korea Predicted Playing XI:
Jun Hyunwoo (c), Aamir Lal, Alam Nakash, Mudassir Iqbal, Raja Shoaib (wk), Kim Daeyeon, Nishat Nazmussakib, Lee Kangmin, Lee Hwanhee, Soochan Park, Ullah Sana
It will be the last game for Kadek Gamantika's side, and they have a game before this one against Japan. A big win against Japan, followed by a bigger one against South Korea, would give them some hope of finishing at the top of the points table. They lost the last game against Japan by 4 wickets, and Gamantika would want his team to take lessons from that loss. He'd be aiming for a big win in this game.
Gede Priandana and Kadek Darmawan must do well against the new ball and set up a big opening wicket stand in the game. Gamantika shall look to lead from the front and add runs in the middle order with Kirubasankar Ramamoorthy and Padmakar Surve. Anjar Tadarus and Ahmad Ramdoni need to do the big hitting in the final overs of the game.
Their bowlers are vital to delivering a big win for the side in this game. Gede Priandana and Maxi Koda shall look to bowl good lines in the early overs of the game. Kirubasankar Ramamoorthy has been the best bowler for the team, and his performance may decide the side's fate. Ferdinando Banunaek and Ketut Artawan must bowl tight spells in the middle overs for the side to win.
Indonesia Predicted Playing XI:
Kadek Gamantika (c), Ahmad Ramdoni (wk), Danilson Hawoe, Ferdinando Banunaek, Gede Priandana, Kadek Darmawan, Ketut Artawan, Kirubasankar Ramamoorthy, Anjar Tadarus, Padmakar Surve, Maxi Koda
The weather predictions are good, and it will be a warm afternoon with clear skies over Kanto. The wicket is flat, allowing batsmen to play their strokes freely. Batsmen must get their eyes in before they start playing their strokes on this track. A score of 170 runs would be a good one to defend.
Sano International Cricket Ground, Sano, Kanto, is a small ground that suits the hitters, but the pitch offers reasonable assistance to the bowlers. The slow nature of the surface is excellent for the spinners who have done well at this venue in the past, creating doubts in the batsmen's minds.
Toss: To Bowl
There have been high-scoring games in this tournament. The wicket is good to bat on, and defending scores haven’t been easy on this track. Hence, the side winning the toss shall, in all likelihood, opt to bowl first in this game.
The South Koreans will be worried about the form of their batsmen. The top order has been rusty, creating problems for the side in this tournament. Indonesia has had its batsmen in good form and defeated South Korea earlier. It would make Indonesia favorites to win this game.
Indonesia to win
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