ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 - Match 1 - Papua New Guinea v United Arab Emirates - Preview
Match: 1st Match, Group A, Papua New Guinea vs United Arab Emirates
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Timings: 07:30 AM GMT / 09:30 AM local
Both Papua New Guinea and United Arab Emirates will hope to kick-start their ICC World Cup 2018 Qualifiers with a victory when they meet at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.
The two teams met each other three times last year with UAE emerging victorious on two occasions and the Asian team will look to build on the momentum that they gained from ICC World Cricket League Division Two. Rohan Mustafa's decision to open the innings has provided them with an early charge while Rameez Shahzad and Mohammad Usman will be key to their fortunes. Ahmed Raza and Mohammad Naveed will share the new ball attack while the leg-spin of Imran Haider is sure to test Papua New Guinea in the middle phase.
Meanwhile, PNG narrowly made it to the Qualifiers by finishing fourth in the ICC World Cricket League Championship. They had a preparatory camp in Pretoria and also had spinner Liam O'Connor as a consultant to aid in their preparations. Skipper Assad Vala was instrumental in PNG's only win over UAE last season while they will also be banking on Sese Bau and Norman Vanua to take them through in the batting and bowling departments respectively.
Head to Head Record: The two teams have met each other three times last year with UAE winning two out of it.
United Arab Emirates: Rohan Mustafa (captain), Ashfaq Ahmed, Ghulam Shabber, Rameez Shahzad, Mohammed Usman, Shaiman Anwar, Adnan Mufti, Mohammed Boota, Chirag Suri, Mohammed Naveed, Ahmed Raza, Imran Haider, Amir Hayat, Zahoor Khan, Qadeer Ahmed
Papua New Guinea: Assadollah Vala (captain), Charles Amini, Sese Bau, Mahuru Dai, Kiplin Doriga, Jason Kila, Vani Morea, Alei Nao, Damien Ravu, John Reva, Lega Siaka, Chad Soper, Tony Ura, Norman Vanua, Jack Vare
UAE have the upper hand over Papua New Guinea and looks a fairly settled team.
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