PNG vs Scotland Match Preview
Scotland will be looking to build on to the momentum they gained from their victory against Bangladesh in the previous match as they take on Papua New Guinea in their second match of the ongoing T20 World Cup at the Oman Cricket Academy Ground on Tuesday.
Kyle Coetzer and his men put on a valiant display as they not only went on to make a fabulous comeback with the bat after being 53/6, but they put on a brilliant bowling show as well to restrict Bangladesh to six runs short of their total of 140. Even though the Scottish top-order failed, it was the lower-order consisting of batters like Chris Greaves and Mark Watt who helped their team in putting on a fighting total on the board. Greaves starred with the ball also, getting rid of two of Bangladesh’s most dangerous batters, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. Going into this match, Scotland will just be banking on a better performance from their top and middle-order.
PNG, on the other hand, encountered a disappointing 10-wicket loss against Oman in their tournament opener. Batting first, they put on a total of 129/9 riding on skipper Assad Vala’s fifty and another good knock of 30 odd runs from Charles Amini. But that didn’t turn out to be enough as the Omani openers hunted down the target in just 13.4 overs. The bowling looked pretty ordinary and they will need to come up with a much better performance if they want to do well against Scotland in this match.
Back on deck tomorrow ?
— Cricket Scotland (@CricketScotland) October 18, 2021
Probable Playing XIs
Scotland: George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Bradley Wheal
PNG: Tony Ura, Assad Vala (c), Charles Amini, Lega Siaka, Norman Vanua, Sese Bau, Simon Atai, Kiplin Doriga (wk), Nosaina Pokana, Damien Ravu, Kabua Morea
PNG vs Scotland Betting Tips
Scotland to win the match – 3/20 @betway
Scotland are the hot favourites to win the match. They have some highly experienced players and much better in overall quality as a side than PNg. Their win against a full-member side like Bangladesh summed up the strength of their squad and hence, we could see them winning by a big margin against PNG.
George Munsey to be the highest run-getter for Scotland in this match – 11/4 @betway
Munsey is one of the most dangerous top-order batters in T20I cricket. He has over 1000 runs in T20Is at a strike-rate of over 150, and he played a good knock of 29 in the last match as well. He will be eager to get a big score here.
Tony Ura to be the highest run-getter for PNG – 5/2 @betway
He was out for a duck in the last match but Ura is PNG’s best batter and has two fifties to his name in T20Is. If he gets going, PNG have a good chance of doing well in this match.
Bradley Wheal to be the top wicket-taker for Scotland – 3/1 @bet365
Wheal bowled a brilliant spell in the last match in which he conceded runs at an economy rate of just 6.00 and picked up three wickets as well. He will be eager to deliver another great performance in this match.
Nosaina Pokana to be the leading wicket-taker for PNG – 4/1 @bet365
Pokana bowled just two overs in the last match. He didn’t pick up any wicket but he wasn’t that expensive either as he conceded just 15 runs. Overall he has 14 wickets in an equal number of matches at an economy rate of 7.21.
PNG vs Scotland Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Team
Captaincy and Vice-Captaincy Options
Chris Greaves is the safest captaincy option for this match as he not only provides batting value lower down the order but can also pick up wickets with his wrist-spin. Kyle Coetzer and George Munsey have a good chance of scoring big in this match and hence they are good captaincy picks as well. As far as vice-captaincy goes, Mark Watt and Assad Vala are safe options owing to their all-round ability. Vala scored a fifty in the last match and bowled an over too. Watt picked up a wicket and contributed 22 runs as well.