With Oman winning both their games, the pressure is on both Scotland and Papua New Guinea to come good in their next game. One team will surely end its barren run as both the teams face each other in this vital match at Mannofield Park, in Aberdeen, Scotland.
PNG vs SCO, Tri-Nation Series
Mannofield Park, Aberdeen, Scotland
17 August, 03:30 PM IST
PNG vs SCO Team News:
Papua New Guinea
Can we expect a change in the playing 11?
Papua New Guinea:
From what we saw in either team’s first game of the tournament, Papua New Guinea fared relatively better, pushing Oman all the way to their limits, well almost.
So the Pacific nation is expected to pick an unchanged playing 11 from the last game.
While the hosts were battered in a one-sided game, as Oman completed the rout with an 8-wicket win.
Still, from a squad of 14 players, there can only be so many changes. In a team sport, we hardly see wholesale changes until and unless the game is a dead rubber.
And the next game is anything but a mere appetizer, so head coach Shane Burger may go with the same playing 11 here.
Calum MacLeod, George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer, Richie Berrington, Michael Leask, Craig Wallace, Matthew Cross, Adrian Neill, Alasdair Campbell Evans, Gavin Main, Hamza Tahir, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Tom Sole
Papua New Guinea:
Assad Vala, Hiri Hiri, Kiplin Doriga, Lega Siaka, Sese Bau, Charles Amini, Gaudi Toka, Simon Atai, Tony Ura, Chad Soper, Damien Ravu, Norman Vanua, Nosaina Pokana, Riley Hekure
Captain and Vice-Captain options:
Scotland’s ever-present saviour. Not so much if his teammates don’t rise to the challenge. The 35-year-old hit a well-paced 50 even in the last game when all his teammates fell like a house of cards.
You can expect the Scotland captain to be amongst the runs here as well.
The 26-year-old young Batsman built a solid opening partnership with his captain Coetzer. A repeat of the same performance could go a long way in deciding the end result of this match.
Bowlers options from Scotland:
Arguably the best Batsman in this team. The 29-year-old didn’t let anybody down with his display in the last game, and will no doubt be itching for another solid outing with the bat against Scotland.
Bowlers options from Papua New Guinea:
Scotland XI (confirmed):
Matthew Cross, Kyle Coetzer, Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Craig Wallace, Safyaan Sharif, Mark Watt, Alasdair, Leask, Main and Tahir
Papua New Guinea XI (probables):
Tony Ura, Gaudi Toka, Assad Vala, Lega Siaka, Charles Amini, Sese Bau, Kiplin Doriga, Chad Soper, Norman Vanua, Damien Ravu, Nosaina Pokana
PNG vs SCO Dream11 Team:
Captain options – Kyle Coetzer, Matthew Cross