Muhammad Tanveer scored 527 runs across 18 T20Is at an impressive average of 43.91 for Qatar.
The 1st match of the 2020 ACC Western Region T20 in Group A will be played between Maldives and Qatar at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground Oman Cricket (Ministry Turf 1).
The match starts at 9:30 AM local time (5:30 AM GMT) (11:00 PM IST).
The ACC Western Region T20 will kick start on Sunday with the Maldives facing Qatar in the first of the four matches to be played in the day. The 8 teams featuring in the tournament are divided into two groups – A and B. Maldives and Qatar are part of the Group A alongside Bahrain and hosts Oman. This tournament heads into the qualification for the Asia Cup to be held shortly before the Men’s T20 World Cup later this year. Qatar is fresh of a 3-0 series win at home in a 3-match T20I series against Uganda.
Sunday morning is expected to be bright and sunny at the Al Amerat Ministry Turf 1 ground.
The Ministry Turf 1 ground in Al Amerat has produced assistance for the pacers early on. If the bowling first team fails to capitalize on that, they are likely to end up losing the game as the pitch here tends to get slowdown from the 2nd half. It won’t be easy to chase targets in excess of 150 here.
Average first innings score: 146 (Last 5 T20 matches played in the morning)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Mohamed Rishwan, Nilantha Cooray, Umar Adam, Hassan Rasheed (C), Mohamed Azzam (WK), Ibrahim Hassan, Ahmed Ameel Mauroof, Chandana Liyanage, Nazwan Ismail, Ibrahim Rizan, Leem Shafeeq.
Bench – Tharaka Ruwan, Ibrahim Raid, Ibrahim Sadhoof.
Zaheeruddeen Ibrahim, Kamran Khan, Faisal Javed Khan, Saqlain Arshad, Muhammad Tanveer, Mohammed Rizlan (WK), Noman Sarwar, Muhammad Nadeem, Muhammad Awais Malik, Iqbal Hussain Chaudhry (C), Gayan Buddika.
Bench – Muhammad Imran Ashraf, Khurram Shahzad, Imal Malindu.
Muhammad Tanveer has a brilliant record with the bat for Qatar in the T20I format. He has scored 527 runs across 18 matches at an impressive average of 43.91 and also scored five fifties. The Qatar skipper Iqbal Hussain Chaudhry has rich success with the ball in T20Is as he bagged 31 wickets from only 18 T20Is. Iqbal has picked up a 4-wicket haul in this format and has a bowling strike rate of 12.4.
Umar Adam was Qatar’s top run-getter during the South Asian games where he scored 57 runs across three matches. Umar was also the team’s top bowler in that tournament with 5 wickets. Nilantha Cooray played 4 T20Is for Qatar till date where he took six wickets and also aggregated 101 runs at an average of 50.50
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Muhammad Tanveer, Kamran Khan, Umar Adam.
Vice-Captain – Nilantha Cooray, Mohamed Rishwan, Noman Sarwar.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Mohammed Rizlan
Batters – Mohamed Rishwan, Zaheeruddeen Ibrahim, Kamran Khan, Muhammad Tanveer (C)
All-Rounders – Umar Adam, Nilantha Cooray (VC)
Bowlers – Muhammad Nadeem, Ahmed Ameel Mauroof, Iqbal Hussain Chaudhry, Gayan Buddika
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Mohammed Rizlan
Batters – Mohamed Rishwan, Saqlain Arshad, Muhammad Tanveer, Kamran Khan (C)
All-Rounders – Umar Adam (VC), Nilantha Cooray
Bowlers – Noman Sarwar, Muhammad Nadeem, Leem Shafeeq, Iqbal Hussain Chaudhry
Qatar did not make any formal announcement regarding the squad for the tournament. They did announce a squad for the recent Uganda T20I series at home but rested some of the senior players through the 3-match series. Hence, we except Qatar to take the field with the XIs utilized in the Uganda series that too by adding the senior stars.
Qatar is a much stronger team compared to the Maldives and hence they are expected to win this match.
*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.