The home team will lock horns against Scotland on Thursday, 21th October, in an evening encounter at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Oman. The hosts will enter this game on the back of a 26-run defeat against Bangladesh and will look to make amends in this must-win encounter. On the other hand, Scotland will be riding high on confidence after their 17-run win against Papua New Guinea. The two sides have competed thrice in the shortest format of the game, with Scotland winning all the matches.
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The average first innings total at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground is around the 147-run mark. The fast bowlers have dominated the proceedings at this venue. They have picked up 193 wickets at an average of 23.1 and an economy rate of 7.7 compared to 109 wickets at an average of 24.1 and an economy rate of 7.2. In the T20 matches since 2019, the teams have preferred chasing at this venue and won 21 out of the 36 games played thus far at this venue.
The right-handed opening batter has been in sublime form in the tournament and scored 40 off 33 deliveries in their last game against Bangladesh. With 810 runs in 30 innings at an average of 31.15 in T20 internationals, the onus to give the team a flying start in the powerplay will rely on him. Oman will aim for the right-handed batter to score valuable runs and help them secure two vital points.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Singh to score 27-41 runs in this match.
With a scintillating knock of 70 off 49 deliveries with six boundaries and three massive sixes in the last encounter against Papua New Guinea, Richie Berrington will be one of the players to watch out for in this crucial encounter. The 34-year old has been one of the mainstays in the batting unit of the Scotland side and will rely heavily on his experience in the middle overs to help the side post a big total or chase down any target.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Berrington to score 17-25 runs in this match.
The leading wicket-taker for Oman, Bilal Khan, will be the key player for the side with the new ball. The left-arm pacer was economical in the last game against Bangladesh and conceded 18 runs and picked up three crucial wickets. The 33-year old is known for his consistent line and length and has scalped 56 wickets in 36 innings at an average of 15.41. One of the highlights of his career has been his economy rate, as he has conceded at 6.62 and has three four-wicket hauls under his belt.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Khan to pick up 0-1 wickets in this match.
Josh Davey was the star performer for Scotland with the ball in their last league match against PNG. The right-arm medium pacer picked up four wickets and conceded 18 runs in 3.3 overs to help them register a comprehensive win. Davey has been one of the consistent performers for the side in the recent past and has picked up 30 wickets in 24 innings at a strike rate of 17.70.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Davey to pick up 1-2 wickets in this match.