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ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 - Super Sixes Match 2 - United Arab Emirates v Scotland - Preview

Scotland were impressive in the group stage
Scotland were impressive in the group stage
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Game: 2nd match, Super Sixes, United Arab Emirates v Scotland
Venue: Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
Timings: 07:30 AM GMT / 09:30 AM Local

Scotland will be looking to build on their impressive run from the Group Stage when they take on United Arab Emirates in the second game of the Super Sixes in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in Bulawayo.

Scotland had an unbeaten run in the first round that started with an impressive win over Afghanistan which kick-started their campaign with a lot of confidence. The victories over Hong Kong and Nepal was set up by their bowlers and it had sealed their place in the next round and in an eventful clash against Zimbabwe, they had the game in control and let it slip away and eventually when one run was needed for a victory, number 11 Brad Wheal was dismissed leading the game to a tie. Safyaan Sharif has been impressive throughout the tournament but the impactful performance came against Zimbabwe where he claimed a five-wicket haul to rout the home side for 210. Batting will be an area of concern for Scotland though. Kyle Coetzer has been consistent throughout while Callum MacLeod did play a special knock of unbeaten 157 against Afghanistan in the opener but if they are to go to a distance in the tournament, they need a collective and a consistent effort with the bat.

United Arab Emirates had a mixed tournament so far and managed to make it to the next round with wins over Papua New Guinea and Netherlands. They suffered massive defeats of 60 and 226 against Windies and Ireland respectively creating doubts on whether they possess the firepower to go past the Test playing nations. Their confidence will be boosted by the fact that they chased down 300 against Scotland recently during the tri-series in Dubai riding on an unbeaten 121 from Rameez Shahzad and he will once again be the key to their fortunes in the Super Six stage. It was also UAE's second win over Scotland after playing them six times.

Squads:

Scotland: Matthew Cross (wk), Kyle Coetzer (captain), Tom Sole, Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Craig Wallace, Michael Leask, Safyaan Sharif, Mark Watt, Bradley Wheal, Alasdair Evans, Michael Jones, Chris Sole, Stu Whittingham

United Arab Emirates: Ashfaq Ahmed, Chirag Suri, Ghulam Shabber (wk), Rohan Mustafa (captain), Shaiman Anwar, Muhammad Usman, Adnan Mufti, Ahmed Raza, Mohammad Naveed, Amir Hayat, Imran Haider, Qadeer Ahmed, Mohammad Boota, Zahoor Khan, Rameez Shahzad

Prediction: Scotland will be confident against the UAE in this Super Six match, as the UAE have not performed at their best in this Tournament so far. However, it will be a tight contest and as far as the world cup qualifiers predictions are concerned, Scotland will win this match. For all the latest news, score and video updates, please do visit the ICCWCQ 2018 section.

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