ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019: Day 15, Play-Off & Final – Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details

ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019: Day 15, Play-Off & Final – Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details

Can PNG beat Netherlands twice in the tournament and go on to lift the title?

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PNG. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It’s time for the last day in the ICC T20 World Cup qualifiers in the UAE. For the third place, Ireland and Namibia will face off. Both lost their semi-final match versus Netherlands and the Papua New Guinea (PNG) respectively. Though their chances of winning the tournament ended, a third-place finish won’t be a bad ending by any means. The last match is the all-important final in Dubai.

In the league stage, PNG beat the Netherlands chasing a rather modest total. A humdinger of a final seems to be in store. Both teams lost only a solitary game in the league phase and are in red hot form. PNG did exceptionally well, winning by 18 runs after scoring 130 in their semi-final. On the other, the Dutch were more clinical against Gary Wilson’s Ireland and won  due to their bowling.

Pitch Report

Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

The pitch in Dubai has been fairly good for batting. But in the last few games, it has been seen that the bowlers have also had their say after mixing their pace on a consistent basis. Batting second can be tough and even scores over 130 can be defended. Batting first should be the way forward.

Weather Report

The atmosphere in the afternoon won’t be all that hot with the temperature around the 30 degrees Celsius. In the night match, it will come down to 28 degrees Celsius. The humidity will start in the 30s and will go up in excess of 50 by the end of the day. There are no chances of rain with no clouds.

Final, Netherlands vs PNG

Netherlands

Netherlands’ batting has been reasonable. Max O’Dowd and Ben Cooper, their openers, have over 200 runs and looked good. The middle order has the likes of Ryan ten Doeschate and Colin Ackermann, who are in good form. But it’s their bowling that has stood out. Van Meekeren, Van der Merwe and Glover have been amongst the wickets. Klaasen and Seelaar have lent good support.

Probable XI

Max O’Dowd, Ben Cooper, Colin Ackermann, Pieter Seelaar (C), Ryan ten Doeschate, Roelof van der Merwe, Scott Edwards (wk), Tim van der Gugten, Fred Klaasen, Brandon Glover, Paul van Meekeren

PNG

PNG has as many as five batsmen with over 100 runs. Tony Ura and Assad Vala remain to be their leading run-scorer. Norman Vanua has shown he can not only pick up wickets, keeping a check on the runs, but pick up wickets as well. Nosaina Pokana and skipper Vala have nine wickets each with good support from leg-spinner Charles Amini, who also has 100 runs to his name in the tournament.

Probable XI

Tony Ura, Assad Vala (C), Lega Siaka, Charles Amini, Sese Bau, Kiplin Doriga (wk), Norman Vanua, Riley Hekure, Jason Kila, Damien Ravu, Nosaina Pokana

Probable Top performers

Ben Cooper – Netherlands |  – Norman Vanua- PNG

Broadcast Details

TV– Star Sports 3

Online– Hotstar

Match Timings – 21:00 IST and 19:30 local

The prediction is for to win the match.

Prediction Scenarios

Scenario 1

Netherlands win the toss, opt to bat

135-155

Netherlands win the match.

Scenario 2

PNG win the toss, opt to bat

130-150

PNG win the match.


3rd place Play-Off, Ireland vs Namibia

Ireland

Ireland’s batting has been about Paul Stirling, who has notched 266 runs at an average of 44.93 and strike-rate of 137.11. The rest of the batting hasn’t shown enough consistency. Andrew Balbirnie and Gareth Delany have fallen away after a couple of impressive knocks in the beginning. In bowling, Mark Adair and Craig Young will hold the key with support from Dockrell, Rankin and others.

Probable XI

Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Gary Wilson (C & WK), Mark Adair, Stuart Thompson, George Dockrell, Craig Young, Boyd Rankin

Namibia

Namibia have six batsmen with over 100 runs to their name. Skipper Gerhard Erasmus has 217 runs and is their leafing run-scorer. Their batters mostly believe in finding the boundaries. JJ Smit and Niko Davin have strike-rates over 160. In bowling, Jan Frylinck remains their leading wicket-taker. Bernard Scholtz, JJ Smit and Christi Viljoen have 14, 13 and 11 wickets to their names respectively.

Probable XI

Stephan Baard, Niko Davin, JP Kotze, Craig Williams, JJ Smit, Gerhard Erasmus (C), Zane Green (wk), Christi Viljoen, Zhivago Groenwald, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo

Probable Top performers

Kevin O’Brien – Ireland |  – Bernard Scholtz- Namibia

Broadcast Details

TV– Star Sports 3

Online– Hotstar

Match Timings – 15:40 IST and 14:10 local

The prediction is for to win the match.

Prediction Scenarios

Scenario 1

Ireland win the toss, opt to bat

130-150

Namibia win the match.

Scenario 2

Namibia win the toss, opt to bat

140-160

Namibia win the match.