UAE vs USA 2019, 1st T20I: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
Former Windies Test cricketer Xavier Marshall will feature for the USA in this historic game.
Published - Mar 15, 2019 5:48 am | Updated - Mar 15, 2019 3:24 pm
The dream of featuring in an International T20 finally comes true for the United States of America (USA) who will take on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday. The USA team showcased their T20 ability during the WT20 Qualifier way back in 2015 and will hope to replicate the same in Dubai. They will be part of a 2-match T20I series against the hosts UAE with the second game to be played on Sunday.
The USA team will become the 29th team to feature in a T20I game in Men’s cricket. They have played two International matches thus far; the two league matches during the ICC Champions Trophy in 2004 which they lost by a huge margin. The UAE team, on the other hand, lost 3-match ODI series and T20I series against Nepal recently. The home team was leading 1-0 in both the series before going down by 1-2.
The first game of the two-match T20I series between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States of America (USA) will be hosted by the ICC Academy in Dubai.
The match starts at 2:00 PM local time (3:30 PM IST) (10:00 AM GMT).
Last five completed T20I matches:
UAE: L, L, W, L, W.
USA: W, W, W, L, L. (T20s)
The ICC Academy pitch usually favours the slow bowlers and the runs making won’t be any easy. This could continue during the game between UAE and USA which will be played in broad light.
Average first innings score: 152.5 (Last four T20 matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 1
Probable Playing XIs:
Rohan Mustafa, Ashfaq Ahmed, Shaiman Anwar, Mohammad Boota, Rameez Shahzad, Mohammad Naveed (C), CP Rizwan, Amir Hayat, Sultan Ahmed, Imran Haider, Zahoor Khan.
Bench: Amjad Gul, Abdul Shakoo, Ahmed Raza.
Monank Patel, Jaskaran Malhotra (WK), Steven Taylor, Xavier Marshall, Aaron Jones, Hayden Walsh Jr, Timil Patel, Elmore Hutchinson, Roy Silva, Saurabh Netravalkar (C), Jasdeep Singh.
Bench: Nosthush Kenjige, Jan Nisar-Khan, Ali Khan.
Injury and Availability News:
Playing XIs are updated after the toss. The UAE won the toss and elected to bowl first.
USA’s Timil Patel has 11 wickets to his name from seven T20 matches he played thus far. He has 36 wickets from 29 limited-overs matches and also aggregated 267 from 26 innings.
UAE’s Imran Haider hasn’t been at his best in the T20s compared to what he has done in List A format. Haider has 8 wickets from nine T20 matches but 45 from 27 games in the One-Day Cricket.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain options – Shaiman Anwar, Monank Patel, Mohammad Naveed, Timil Patel
Vice-Captain options – Steven Taylor, Elmore Hutchinson, Mohammad Boota, Rohan Mustafa
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Jaskaran Malhotra
Batsmen – Ashfaq Ahmed, Shaiman Anwar (VC), Monank Patel, Mohammad Boota
All-Rounders – Rohan Mustafa, Mohammad Naveed (C)
Bowlers – Saurabh Netravalkar, Elmore Hutchinson, Sultan Ahmed, Zahoor Khan
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Jaskaran Malhotra
Batsmen – CP Rizwan, Shaiman Anwar, Xavier Marshall, Mohammad Boota
All-Rounders – Mohammad Naveed (C), Timil Patel, Roy Silva (VC)
Bowlers – Ahmed Raza, Imran Haider, Jasdeep Singh
Most of the USA players will be selected in the playing XI on the basis of their recent matches. Many from the current squad haven’t featured in an official T20 for the USA since 2015. So, the above-mentioned pickings from the USA team are based on the game and approach of the players. Former Windies player Xavier Marshall can be excluded or should not be a direct pick considering his recent success.
UAE could well spoilsport the USA’s dream of making debut in the T20I format.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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