Cricket Match Prediction ICC U19 World Cup Plate Playoff SF 1 - Nigeria v United Arab Emirates
The Plate Playoff Semi Final 1 of the ICC Under 19 World Cup 2020 will be played between Nigeria U19 and United Arab Emirates U19 at the Witrand Cricket Field in Potchefstroom.
Nigeria have not had a very inspiring campaign in the ICC under 19 World Cup 2020 and their outing was no different against Sri Lanka in the plate quarter final one.
Their bowlers could not make an impact and leaked a lot of runs. Sylvester Okpe, Rasheed Abolarin and Miracle Akhigbe were still able to hold fort but the rest of the bowling was truly disappointing.
If you call the bowling disappointing what do you call the batting? The Nigerian batters could only manage 73 runs and were bundled within 17.3 overs. Lower order batsman Abdulrahman Jimoh, who was the only Nigeria batsman to reach double figures, was the top scorer with 15.
UAE came up against Scotland in the plate quarter final 4. The team batting first was decent but nothing extraordinary. They scored at around five throughout the innings and that is what their total looked like, with them being bowled out for 249 in 49 overs.
Wicketkeeper Vriitya Aravind was their top scorer with 61 but he took 96 deliveries. Osama Haasan was the real game-changer for them with a 68-ball 81-run knock that came at a strike rate of almost 120 lower down the order.
Their bowlers although decent were not able to pick up regular wickets that were required to win the game. Aryan Lakra and Karthik Palaniapan were their most impressive bowlers as the team lost the game by 7 wickets.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
United Arab Emirates - Aryan Lakra (c), Alishan Sharafu, Figy John, Karthik Palaniapan, Ansh Tandon, Osama Hassan, Akasha Tahir, Rishabh Mukherjee, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Sanchit Sharma, Kai Smith
Nigeria - Sylvester Okpe (c), Sulaimon Runsewe (wk), Elijah Olaleye, Abdulrahman Jimoh, Isaac Danladi, Peter Aho, Akhere Isesele, Samuel Mba, Rasheed Abolarin, Shehu Audu, Miracle Akhigbe
Who will win the toss? - United Arab Emirates
Who will win? – United Arab Emirates
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Vriitya Aravind (United Arab Emirates), Elijah Olaleye (Nigeria)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Aryan Lakra (United Arab Emirates), Peter Aho (Nigeria)
Most Sixes – Aryan Lakra (United Arab Emirates), Elijah Olaleye (Nigeria)
Player of the Match – Aryan Lakra
Team Scores Batting first – United Arab Emirates 240+, Nigeria 100+
Match Handicap United Arab Emirates
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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