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Fiji’s hunt for a win on return to the international stage
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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Vanuatu would take on Fiji in the 1st game of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup East Asia Pacific Qualifier. It would be an important game for both teams as they start their campaign for a place in the 2024 T20 World Cup. There are fresh faces on both teams, and it will be interesting to see how the players fare in this contest.
Fiji is returning to international cricket after a long gap and there would be pressure on the team to perform in this game. Most of their players haven’t had much experience and they would have some nerves. Vanuatu plays at home and knows the conditions well and they would look to make good use of it here.
Patrick Matautaava the new skipper would look to make a perfect start to this tournament. This group of players have played together for a while and know each other’s games well. The side is playing at home and Matautaava shall look to take full advantage of the home conditions and earn their first points of the tournament with a win in this game.
The side would like to see a good start in this game from Joshua Rasu and Ronald Tari. Both players have their range of strokes and a good show would be expected from them. Junior Kaltapau will have to do well in the middle order with Jarryd Allan and Andrew Mansale. Down the order the side would like to see runs from Patrick Matautaava and Simpson Obed.
Darren Wotu is an experienced bowler, and he must lead this attack from the front and strike early with Joshua Rasu. Williamsing Nalisa and Obed Yosef shall look to bowl tight spells in the middle overs of the game and put pressure on Fiji batters. Vanuatu shall also like to see good spells in the supporting role from Nalin Nipiko.
Patrick Matautaava (c), Joshua Rasu, Ronald Tari, Andrew Mansale, Jarryd Allan (wk), Simpson Obed, Obed Yosef, Darren Wotu, Williamsing Nalisa, Nalin Nipiko, Junior Kaltapau
It will be a big game for Jone Wesele’s side as they play this format of the game after a gap of four years. There would be pressure on the team to perform which has several young cricketers with no international experience. Wesele who has years of experience shall look to inspire his side to a big win in this game.
Metuisela Beitaki is an experienced batsman, and he needs to offer a good start along with Seru Tupou. The side would like to see runs in the middle order from Sekove Ravoka, Jone Wesele, and Noa Acawei. They lack experience in the lower middle order and the likes of Peni Vuniwaqa and Delaimatuku Maraiwai need to play important knocks.
The bowling attack is short on experience and the new ball pair of Siteri Tabu and Soko Waqavakatoga must strike early to put their opponents under pressure. Petero Cabebula and Delaimatuku Maraiwai must bowl well in the middle overs. Josaia Baleicikoibia’s form would be crucial in the supporting role.
Jone Wesele (c), Sekove Ravoka (wk), Metuisela Beitaki, Seru Tupou, Peni Vuniwaqa, Noa Acawei, Josaia Baleicikoibia, Petero Cabebula, Delaimatuku Maraiwai, Siteri Tabu, Soko Waqavakatoga
It would be a warm day at Port Villa on September 9. The wicket would be good for batting though we would have some assistance for the fast bowlers on the fresh wicket. Batsmen shall be able to play their strokes easily at this venue. The side batting first would aim for a total of 160 runs or more.
Independence Park, Port Vila is a small ground, and this makes it a good venue for the batsmen who can score in boundaries. Fast bowlers get the ball to move on a fresh wicket but there isn’t much for them on this surface. The wicket aids the spinners who do well as the ball turns sharply.
In this format of the game, the side chasing the score always has an advantage. The wicket is likely to aid bowlers at the start and become easy to bat on as the game progresses. The side winning the toss would like to take advantage of the surface by opting to bowl first in this game.
Fiji marks a return to this format of the game after a long gap and there would be pressure on the side to perform in this game. Many of their players are inexperienced and it would be interesting to see how they fare. Vanuatu has played a lot of games this year and its players are match ready. They play at home, and this would offer them an edge in this contest.
Vanuatu to win
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