6th ICC Qualifies Match prediction
WI vs UAE, 6th Match, Group A,
Tournament:ICC World Cup Qualifiers, 2018
Date: Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Venue: Old Hararians Sports Club, Harare
Two-time World Champions the West Indies, despite the poor run of form that landed them at the qualifier, remain the strongest team at the competition by some distance, especially given the return of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels. Anything less than the top-spot will be a disappointment, but the Windies are far from nailed-on to make it out of the tournament. Two calamitous showings with the bat in the warm-ups, bowled out for 110 and 115 by Afghanistan and the UAE, suggest they have yet to adapt to the conditions. The intensity of the rushed schedule typical of an Associate tournament may also come as something of a shock to a side more used to more leisurely paced ICC global events, with little time to recover physically or psychologically from any set-backs. Added to the pressure of expectation, the Windies will know that theirs is the scalp every team wants to take home, and they will be going through the tournament with a target on their back.
West Indies squad
Jason Holder (capt), Jason Mohammed (vice-capt), Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Nikita Miller, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Kesrick Williams
Their first opponents the UAE face a similar situation, barely scraping through World Cricket League Divison 2 to reach the tournament. Nonetheless the Emiratis are an improving side, the relaxing of ICC eligibility criteria assisting in their rebuilding efforts after the tough couple of years that followed the retirement of iconic captain Khurram Khan. Among a handful of new faces that bring First Class experience to the side, legspinner Imran Haider has made an immediate impact since debuting just over a year ago, whilst the long-serving Shaiman Anwar’s return to form will doubtless boost the UAE’s confidence.
United Arab Emirates:
Rohan Mustafa (c), Adnan Mufti, Ahmed Raza, Amir Hayat, Ashfaq Ahmed, Chirag Suri, Ghulam Shabber (wk), Imran Haider, Mohammad Boota, Mohammad Naveed, Muhammad Usman, Qadeer Ahmed, Rameez Shahzad, Shaiman Anwar, Zahoor Khan.
Our Prediction: West Indies Win The Match
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