Match – Bangladesh and PNG – Match 9
Venue – Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1), Al Amerat
Time – 03:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network
The pitch in Al Amerat has been a sporting one for playing cricket. The batters have been able to get runs, but the bowlers have had their say as well. Bangladesh won’t mind batting first since they won their previous game doing so.
Average score: 151 (34 T20Is in Al Amerat)
Record of Chasing teams: Won – 21, Lost – 12, Tied – 1
Probable Playing XIs
Liton Das, Mohammad Naim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman
Bench:Nasum Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Shamim Hossain, Soumya Sarkar
Tony Ura, Assad Vala (c), Charles Amini, Lega Siaka, Norman Vanua, Sese Bau, Simon Atai, Kiplin Doriga (wk), Nosaina Pokana, Damien Ravu, Kabua Morea
Bench: Chad Soper, Jason Kila, Hiri Hiri, Gaudi Toka
Bangladesh and PNG are yet to face each other in T20Is.
Probable best batter of the match
Mohammad Naim (Bangladesh)
Mohammad Naim Shaikh has been a decent batter for Bangladesh at the top of the order. But he has had to mostly warm the bench. In the previous game, the Tigers picked him in place of Soumya Sarkar and the decision paid dividends. He scored 64 runs off 50 balls with the help of three fours and six sixes. Naim batted until the 17th over and took his team to safer shores.
Probable best bowler of the match
Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)
Mustafizur Rahman hasn’t been an easy customer to deal with in the ongoing edition of the World Cup. In the first game, he picked up two wickets. Against Oman, Mustafizur went for 36 runs, but he also picked up four crucial wickets with his wily off-cutters. The left-arm pacer bowled the last over and didn’t give the batter anything to work with.