Match Preview

Oman will face Papua New Guinea in Match 1 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on 17 October at Al Amerat Cricket Ground. Oman had put up good targets on the board for both the Netherlands and Namibia in their warm-up games. They did, however, lose the game against the former, but won by 32 runs against Namibia.

PNG, on the other hand, failed to win any of their warm-up games. They do, however, have some key players on their team who are determined to put on a good show during the tournament. The first match is expected to be an exciting one to watch.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the batting side and slightly better for pacers.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 34 – 35° C


Total matches                                           24

Matches won batting first                        10

Matches won bowling first                      14

Average 1st Inns scores                         151

Average 2nd Inns scores                        128

Highest total recorded                             210/4 (20 Ov) by KUW vs BHR

Lowest total recorded                              64/10 (11 Ov) by NEP vs OMAN

Highest score chased                              183/9 (20 Ov) by IRE vs NED

Lowest score defended                           145/8 (20 Ov) by IRE vs NEP

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Kiplin Doriga – This right-handed young batter isn’t experienced in this format but has given good performances in the past few matches for his team.

Matches – 19

Runs – 119

Average – 9.91

2) Suraj Kumar – This right-handed batter smashed 62 runs against Papua New Guinea in his previous match. He is a wise pick for the upcoming match due to his hard hitting skills.

Matches – 16

Runs – 105

Average – 13.12

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Sese Bau – He is a reliable player who is an exceptional fielder from his team and has played good innings so far.

Matches – 25

Runs – 401

Average – 26.73

2) Fayyaz Butt – The right-handed batsman is among the best pacer from Pakistan Under 19 team. He is expected to give good fantasy points in the next match.

Matches – 14

Runs – 57

Average – 28.50

3) Jatinder Singh – He is an experienced player from his squad and has great skills in his power hitting strokeplay. He is expected to put good runs on the board.

Matches – 28

Runs – 697

Average – 27.88

4) Tony Ura – Tony scored a quick 74 against Vanuatu in the qualifications, and then smashed 76 in 55 balls to help PNG qualify for the U19 World Cup in 2008. He has a good history as a hard hitting player for his team.

Matches – 25

Runs – 754

Average – 37.70

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Mohammad Nadeem – He is a young right arm fast medium bowler who made 29 runs in his last match and even took 2 wickets in the recent match against Sri Lanka.

Matches – 25

Wickets – 24

Economy – 6.75

2) Ayan Khan – The slow left arm orthodox bowler has significantly rebuilt his action and added additional elements to his bowling. He has excellent bowling skills in T20 format.

Matches – 1

Wickets – 1

Economy – 3.5

3) Kabua Morea – This left arm medium bowler took 4 wickets in his last match with his deadly bowling spells.

Matches – 1

Wickets – 0

Economy – 10.00

4) Gaudi Toka – The right arm medium fast bowler is a dangerous player for the opponent’s team due to groundbreaking bowling skills in his arsenal.

ODI Stats

Matches – 13

Wickets – 3

Economy – 6.45

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Khawar Ali – The legbreak bowler and right handed player is an opening batter for his team and he is an experienced player in this format who has been consistent with his wicket taking abilities.

Matches – 32

Runs – 601

Average – 20.72

Wickets – 35

Economy – 6.48

2) Nosaina Pokana – The right-handed batsman and left arm fast bowler has given reliable performances in this format. He is a must pick for the next match.

Matches – 21

Runs – 20

Average – 10.00

Wickets – 21

Economy – 5.96

Predicted Playing 11


Jatinder Singh, Aqib Ilyas, Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Mohammad Nadeem, Ayaan Khan, Khurram Nawaz, Khawar Ali, Kaleemullah, Suraj Kumar(wk), Sandeep Goud, Fayyaz Butt

 Papua New Guinea

Assad Vala (c), Tony Ura, Charles Amini, Sese Bau, Jason Kila, Kabua Morea, Kiplin Doriga (wk), Nosaina Pokana, Damien Ravu, Chad Soper, Gaudi Toka


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Poll Winning Percentage

Oman – 51%

Papua New Guinea – 49%