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Vanuatu vs Cook Islands, ICC Mens T20 World Cup East Asia Pacific Qualifier A 2022, Today Match Prediction

Independence Park, Port Vila, Vanuatu

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Vanuatu’s hunt for the third win of the tournament

  • Vanuatu has won both the games by big margins, and they would be confident heading into this contest
  • Vanuatu’s batting looks strong with Nalin Nipiko and Junior Kaltapau having made 150 runs between them in two games
  • The Cook Islands have lost both games by big margins and the side’s batsmen are struggling with form

Vanuatu to win

Tournament: ICC Mens T20 World Cup East Asia Pacific Qualifier A 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Independence Park, Port Vila, Vanuatu | Toss: To Bowl

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Vanuatu would be taking on the Cook Islands in the 5th game of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup East Asia Pacific Qualifier. The hosts come here with a big win against Samoa, and they would feel confident with their form. It has been a poor show from the Cook Islands so far and they went down against Fiji in their last game.  

Vanuatu batsmen have done well in both the games and their top order has been in excellent form so far. They are playing at home and know the conditions well at this venue. It will be a massive challenge for Cook Island after two consecutive losses and it remains to be seen if they can turn it around here. 

Vanuatu Preview

It has been consecutive wins for Patrick Matautaava’s side in the tournament. They come here with a massive win against Samoa whom they defeated by 9 wickets in the game. The side has momentum, and they would look to continue with the same show here. A win would put them in a comfortable position on the points table and open up chances of qualification for a place in the East Asia-Pacific Regional Final.  

Nalin Nipiko is in brilliant form, and he would like to put up a strong opening wicket partnership with Junior Kaltapau. Matautaava played well in the last game, and he makes the middle order strong with Jarryd Allan, Joshua Rasu, and Andrew Mansale. Ronald Tari and Womajo Wotu would be expected to score quick runs in the lower middle order in this game.  

Patrick Matautaava and Joshua Rasu bowled brilliantly with the new ball in the last game, and they would look to grab early wickets in this game. Williamsing Nalisa and Darren Wotu bowled good spells and the side would like to see the same from them. Rival Samson and Nipiko shall have to do well in the supporting role.

Vanuatu Predicted Playing XI:

Patrick Matautaava (c), Junior Kaltapau, Nalin Nipiko, Jarryd Allan (wk), Andrew Mansale, Joshua Rasu, Ronald Tari, Womajo Wotu, Williamsing Nalisa, Rival Samson, Darren Wotu

Cook Islands Preview

Maara Ave’s side has lost both the games and they would be under pressure heading into this contest. Poor bowling efforts in the last game saw the side lose against Fiji by 3 wickets. Their batting performance hasn’t been great either and Ave would like to put behind these losses and play well against the hosts.  

Maara Ave and Hayden Dickson looked good in the last game and set up a big stand and they would need a repeat of this here. In the middle order, the side has struggled and the trio of Aue Parima, Thomas Parima, and Cory Dickson must score runs in the game. Down the order, they would expect runs from the bats of Davis Teinaki and Liam Denny to reach a big total.  

Tomasi Vanuarua and Cory Dickson leaked runs in the last game and the side would expect to see a good spell from them with the new ball. Thomas Parima had a poor outing, and he will need to bowl better lines in the middle overs with Liam Denny. Ave and Tomakanute Ritawa shall have to bowl better lines for the side to win in this game. 

Cook Islands Predicted Playing XI:

Maara Ave (c), Hayden Dickson, Aue Parima, Thomas Parima, Cory Dickson, Davis Teinaki, Liam Denny, Tomakanute Ritawa, Tomasi Vanuarua, Benjamin Vakatini, Glenn Miller (wk)

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Weather Conditions

The weather predictions are good, and it would be a warm afternoon with clear skies. There is a bit of grass on the surface, and this is creating doubts in the minds of the batsmen. Batsmen will have to get their eyes in before they start playing their strokes on this track. 

Venue Details

Independence Park, Port Vila is a small ground that suits the hitters, but the pitch also offers good 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 minds of the batsmen. 

Toss: To Bowl

The pitch hasn’t been the best one to bat on and batsmen have struggled to adjust to the pace of the surface. In the four games played so far, the sides chasing the score have won thrice. Hence, the side winning the toss shall in all likelihood opt to bowl first in this game.  

The Cook Islands would be under pressure in this game after two consecutive losses. Their batsmen would need to put runs on the board which hasn’t been the case so far in the tournament. Vanuatu comes here with their confidence high. They have won both their games comfortably and shall start favorites in this game.

Vanuatu to win

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