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Vanuatu’s hunt for a birth in the East Asia-Pacific Regional Final
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 BowlBet Now
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We are all set for a massive clash as Vanuatu takes on the Cook Islands in the 12th and final game of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup East Asia Pacific Qualifier. Vanuatu has had a great season and top the points table and shall look to continue with the same run in this game. The hosts come here with a win against Samoa while also registering a massive win in their last game against Fiji.
A big win for the Cook Islands can spoil the party for the hosts. The Cook Islands had defeated Vanuatu earlier in the season and this would be a confidence booster for the team in this game. But Vanuatu has lost just once this season and they would look to finish it in style and book a berth for themselves in the East Asia-Pacific Regional Final.
Patrick Matautaava would be happy with the performance of his side. Apart from the one loss against the Cook Islands, they have won all their games. The side comes here with a 6-wicket win against Samoa and would be eager for a win here. It isn’t expected to be an easy game for the side and the skipper shall want his players to deliver their best.
Nalin Nipiko has scored runs in the tournament and a good start would be expected from him and Paul Kaltapau. Matautaava is the most experienced batsman in the team, and he must do well in the middle order with Jarryd Allan and Andrew Mansale. Joshua Rasu can score quick runs and he would look to use the long handle towards the end of the game with Ronald Tari.
Patrick Matautaava bowled brilliantly in the last game, but the side would expect to see better spells from Apolinaire Stephen with the new ball. Darren Wotu and Joshua Rasu have troubled batsmen in the middle overs, and they would look to continue with the same form. The side would expect good spells in the supporting role from Williamsing Nalisa and Obed Yosef.
Patrick Matautaava (c), Nalin Nipiko, Paul Kaltapau, Jarryd Allan (wk), Andrew Mansale, Joshua Rasu, Ronald Tari, Williamsing Nalisa, Apolinaire Stephen, Darren Wotu, Obed Yosef
Maara Ave’s side had started the tournament with two losses but since then they have won all three games. It was a massive win for the side against Fiji in the last game where they won by 8 wickets. They still have a remote chance of putting themselves ahead of Vanuatu for the regional final. Having defeated the hosts once, they would look to repeat it.
Maara Ave played an excellent knock in the last game, and he would look to provide a perfect start with Davis Teinaki in this important game. Aue Parima, Thomas Parima, and Cory Dickson shall have to do well in the middle order against a quality bowling attack. The side would also like Liam Denny and Benjamin Vakatini to do the big hitting towards the end of the game.
Tomasi Vanuarua and Liam Denny have bowled well with the new ball, and they would face a big test in this game. Ave has done well with the ball, and he must bring his experience to play in this game. Cory Dickson, Tomakanute Ritawa, and William Kokaua shall have to make use of the conditions in this game.
Maara Ave (c), Davis Teinaki, Aue Parima (wk), Thomas Parima, Cory Dickson, Liam Denny, Benjamin Vakatini, William Kokaua, Gabe Raymond, Tomakanute Ritawa, Tomasi Vanuarua
The weather predictions are good, and we are likely to see a warm afternoon on September 15. The wicket has been slow, and batsmen will have to get their eyes in before they start playing their strokes on this track. A score of 160 runs would be a good score on this wicket.
Independence Park, Port Vila is a small ground, and this allows batsmen to do well. 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. Fast bowlers have generally struggled on this wicket.
In the ten games that have been played so far, the side chasing the score has won eight of them. The wicket is good to chase on and doesn’t change its character in the second innings. Hence, the side winning the toss shall likely opt to bowl first in this game.
The Cook Islands have done well in the last three games, but they are up against the best side of the tournament. Their batting hasn’t been consistent, and this is a worry for the side. They have to play out of their skins to win this game. Vanuatu would feel confident with the form of their players. Playing in their backyard the side would start as favorites in this game.
Vanuatu to win
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