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Vanuatu’s search for their second consecutive win
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 BatBet Now
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Vanuatu would be confident as they head into the 4th game of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup East Asia Pacific Qualifier. The hosts would be looking for their second victory in the tournament in this game against Samoa. Vanuatu defeated Fiji in their opening game by a big margin. Samoa has also made a good start defeating Cook Island in their opening game.
Vanuatu batsmen looked in good form as they put up 174 runs on a difficult batting surface in the last game. The side is playing at home, and they know the conditions. They would like to use it to their advantage. Samoa won’t make it easy for the hosts and be eager for their second consecutive win. We are likely to see a close contest between the bat and the ball.
Patrick Matautaava has made a confident start to the tournament. It was an all-round performance from their players as they defeated Fiji by 57 runs in the first game of the tournament. Their batting line-up looks in excellent form and this would add to the side’s confidence in this game. Matautaava shall want his players to ride with the momentum and register their second win.
Nalin Nipiko played an electrifying knock in the last game, and he would look to set up a good opening wicket stand with Paul Kaltapau. Matautaava went out cheaply in the last game and he would look to add runs with Jarryd Allan, Joshua Rasu, and Andrew Mansale. Ronald Tari and Womajo Wotu add to the side’s batting strength down the order.
Apolinaire Stephen and Joshua Rasu bowled brilliantly with the new ball against Fiji and a similar show would be expected from them. Nalin Nipiko and Williamsing Nalisa were slightly expensive in the last game and the side would need better efforts from them in this game. Rival Samson and Matautaava shall look to do well as support bowlers.
Patrick Matautaava (c), Paul Kaltapau, Nalin Nipiko, Jarryd Allan(w), Andrew Mansale, Joshua Rasu, Ronald Tari, Womajo Wotu, Apolinaire Stephen, Williamsing Nalisa, Rival Samson
James Baker’s side has started the tournament on a strong note. They came up with a good show in their opening game against the Cook Islands winning the game by 7 wickets. Their bowlers kept the opponents to a small total and the batsmen chased it down without any hiccups. It will be a tougher challenge against the hosts and Baker would like to see a determined effort from his players.
Sean Cotter and Uala Kaisala got starts in the last game and the side would like to see the pair convert them into big scores. In the middle order Dominic Michael, Andrew Michael, and Fereti Sululoto are good players and they will have to score runs. The side would also look for runs from the bats of Baker and Samson Sola down the order.
Their bowlers had a great day at the office in the last game. The side would expect early wickets in this game from Sola and Baker who bowled tight spells in the last game. Uili Sofi and Andrew Michael must bowl good lines in the middle overs as Vanuatu have strength in the batting line-up. The likes of Caleb Jasmat, Douglas Finau, and Saumani Tiai add options for this attack.
James Baker (c), Sean Cotter, Uala Kaisala (wk), Dominic Michael, Andrew Michael, Fereti Sululoto, Samson Sola, Saumani Tiai, Caleb Jasmat, Douglas Finau, Uili Sofi
It would be a warm afternoon at Port Villa on September 10. The wicket is flat and scoring runs isn’t much of a challenge. Bowlers have struggled in the two games that have already been played. The side batting first would need to make 160 runs to feel safe on this wicket.
Independence Park, Port Vila is a small ground, and it has a fast outfield. It is a great venue for batsmen who can score runs in boundaries. Fast bowlers get the ball to move on a fresh wicket but there isn’t much for them on this surface. Spinners have to bowl tight lines as the small size of the park makes it a challenge for them.
The wicket looked good to bat on in the two games that have been played. Batsmen have been able to score runs quickly and the wicket has got slower in the second innings. The side winning the toss would have this in their minds and they are likely to opt for batting first in this game.
Samoa did well in the last game to register a big win. However, it was against a much weaker opponent. Their bowling attack would be tested in this game, and they need to do well for the side to win. Vanuatu comes here with their confidence high. The side also knows the conditions well. This would make them favorites to win this contest.
Vanuatu to win
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