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United States Tri-Nation ODI Series, 2019: Match 1, USA vs PNG – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Assad Vala must be captain or vice-captain in most of the PNG matches.

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea. (Photo Source: ICC)

Match Details:

The 1st game of the 2019 United States Tri-Nation Series is played between United States of America (U.S.A) and Papua New Guinea (P.N.G) will be hosted by the Central Broward Regional Park (CBRP) Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill, Florida.

The match starts at 9:45 AM local time (1:45 PM GMT) (7:15 PM IST).

This game could be streamed live on YouTube by USA Cricket.


United States of America’s disappointment of not making it to the T20 World Cup Qualifier could be healed quickly when they host Papua New Guinea on Friday. The game will be marked to be their first-ever ODI match at home for the USA team who played only three ODIs till date without a win. They made their ODI debut back in 2004 during the Champions trophy while the 3rd one was against PNG during the 3rd place playoff of Division Two this year.

Florida’s Lauderhill will host the first match of this Tri-Nation ODI series which involves Namibia as the 3rd team. This tournament will go down into the ICC Cricket World Cup League Two played between 2019 and 2022 involving seven teams. Scotland, P.N.G and Oman were part of the first Tri-series played in August. The hosts Scotland won that series while PNG lost all four games in that tournament.

Weather Condition/Report:

The historic game of USA might be affected due to weather as the forecast suggests Thunderstorm for Friday. Since the match starts at 9:45 AM, there are chances of having a result through a reduced match. The rain is forecasted for the afternoon and the ground facility isn’t that great for longer spell of rain.

Pitch Condition/Report:

Florida’s Lauderhill will host its first List A match on Friday. The venue was famous for the high-scoring match in 2016 between India and West Indies but the T20Is between the two sides this year were totally opposite. The venue was a two paced one which could have been due to the moisture in a fresh pitch. A similar track could be seen on Friday with the spinners and slow bowlers dominating the wickets column.

Average first innings score: N/A

Record of chasing teams: N/A

Team News:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Playing XIs:

United States of America (U.S.A):

Monank Patel (WK), Steven Taylor, Aaron Jones, Jaskaran Malhotra, Nosthush Kenjige, Karima Gore, Elmore Hutchinson, Rusty Theron, Jessy Singh, Nisarg Patel, Saurabh Netravalkar (C).

Bench – Timil Patel, Sagar Patel.

Papua New Guinea (P.N.G):

Tony Ura, Gaudi Toka, Assad Vala (C), Charles Amini, Chad Soper, Lega Siaka, Kiplin Doriga (WK), Jason Kila, Hiri Hiri, Norman Vanua, Nosaina Pokana.

Bench – Riley Hekure, Damien Ravu, Sese Bau, Simon Atai.

Top Picks:

The USA top-order batters Monank Patel and Aaron Jones are the safest batting options. Monank averages 38.91 from 13 List A matches while Aaron, who scored 87 in the trial match, averages 39 from seven innings. These two players have scored a List A hundred for the USA which has been achieved by two others only.

Tony Ura is in decent form of late and has scored one of the two ODI tons for PNG. He scored 151 during the World Cup qualifiers last year. Watch out for Rusty Theron who has 162 wickets in only 97 List A matches and averages 18.59 with the bat. He has a bowling strike rate of 26.9 which is among the best in List A history. The tracks in the USA are expected to suit him.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Assad Vala, Monank Patel, Rusty Theron, Aaron Jones, Tony Ura.

Vice-Captain – Steven Taylor, Charles Amini, Chad Soper, Xavier Marshall, Timil Patel.

Assad Vala must be captain or vice-captain in most of the PNG matches. During the Scotland Tri-Series, he scored 128 runs and took six wickets. He scored 20+ and took at least one wicket in all four games.

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Kiplin Doriga

Batters – Aaron Jones (VC), Tony Ura, Monank Patel

All-Rounders – Assad Vala (C), Steven Taylor, Chad Soper, Rusty Theron

Bowlers – Nosaina Pokana, Karima Gore, Saurabh Netravalkar

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – J Malhotra

Batters – Aaron Jones, Tony Ura, Monank Patel

All-Rounders – Charles Amini, Assad Vala (VC), Chad Soper, Rusty Theron (C)

Bowlers – Nosaina Pokana, Norman Vanua, Jessy Singh

Expert Advice:

Selecting players from all-rounders category will be a challenge with only four can be picked among as many as six deserving candidates. Assad Vala, Rusty Theron, Steven Taylor, Timil Patel, Charles Amini and Chad Soper are those six players.

The PNG skipper Assad’s numbers are quite brilliant with both bat and ball. Theron too has amazing numbers in the List A cricket while Timil’s bowling was the only positive for the USA during the recent T20 CWC Americas Qualifier tournament. Taylor’s numbers suggest he is inconsistent in 50-overs format compared to T20s. PNG’s Amini and Soper score 20-30 runs every game and take 1-2 wickets.

Probable Winners:

USA could earn as an edge over PNG due to the home advantage.

*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.