The 18th game of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers, 2019 in Group B will be played between Canada and Nigeria on Monday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The match starts at 7:30 PM local time (3:30 PM GMT) (9:00 PM IST). The tournament will decide qualifiers for the ICC T20 World Cup to be held in Australia next year.
Canada began its campaign with a 53 run win against Jersey. Nitish Kumar was the star with the bat scoring 83 runs from 36 balls helping Canada reach 176/5 in their 20 overs. Jersey, while chasing kept losing wickets and were bowled out for just 123 runs in 17 overs. Jonty Jenner top-scored for Jersey with 56 runs.
Nigeria did not have a great start to the tournament as their bowlers leaked out runs to help Jersey score 184/4 in 20 overs. In reply, the Nigerian batsman could only make 115/7 playing their full quota of 20 overs to lose the match by 69 runs.
The weather at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Monday is predicted to be clear and sunny without any interruption from the rain.
The night conditions support the chasing side who have won ten matches, while the team batting first has won only two times.
Navneet Dhaliwal (C), Rodrigo Thomas, Nitish Kumar, Nicholas Kirton, Ravinderpal Singh, Hamza Tariq (WK), Abraash Khan, Dillon Heyliger, Nikhil Dutta, Saad Bin Zafar, Jeremy Gordon.
Bench: Rizwan Cheema, Junaid Siddiqui, Srimantha Wijeratne, Romesh Eranga.
Daniel Ajekun, Leke Oyede, Sesan Adedeji, Chimezie Onwizilike, Vincent Adewoye, Isaac Okpe, Sulaimon Runsewe, Ademola Onikoyi (C & WK), Daniel Gim, Chima Akachukwu, Abiodun Abioye.
Bench: Yusuf Gershon, Segun Ogundipe, Sylvester Okpe, Mohameed Taiwo.
For Nigeria, Daniel Ajekun and Leke Oyede will be looking to perform well in this match as well. For Canada, Dillon Heylinger will be key with the ball having picked up three wickets in the last match. On the batting front, Rodrigo Thomas and Nitish Kumar will be eyeing big knocks.
Captain: Nitish Kumar, Daniel Ajekun, Leke Oyede, Navneet Dhaliwal
Vice-Captain: Rodrigo Thomas, Dillon Heyliger
Keeper – Hamza Tariq
Batsmen – Daniel Ajekun, Navneet Dhaliwal (VC), Nicholas Kirton, Rodrigo Thomas
All-Rounders- Nitish Kumar (C), Leke Oyede
Bowlers – Jeremy Gordon, Dillon Heyliger, Saad Bin Zafar, Vincent Adewoye
Canada will edge past Nigeria in the clash
Note: These predictions are made basis ouw own analysis and do not guarantee positive results from the game.