T201 Series: Game 1
Stadium: End Park International Cricket Stadium, Doha, Qatar
1st October, 2023, 13:30
The West End Park International Cricket Stadium in Doha, Qatar, completed in 2018, will host a T20I match between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia on October 1, 2023. Both teams are competing in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2023 qualifiers. The stadium has a seating capacity of 13,000 and is the home ground for the Qatar national cricket team. The pitch is known for favoring batsmen but can also be slow and conducive to spin, making it challenging for quick run-scoring. This match promises an exciting contest as both teams aim to advance in the T20 World Cup qualifiers. The question is, who wins the toss and the bat?Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
In recent months, the Kuwait's cricket team has been riding a wave of success in the T20I format, displaying impeccable form by clinching victory in their last three encounters. They have showcased their dominance by defeating Oman by a convincing margin of 7 wickets, overpowering Maldives with 8 wickets in hand, and outclassing Bahrain by 6 wickets. This remarkable winning streak underscores their current prowess and sets them up as formidable contenders against the Saudi Team.
Moreover, in these recent matches is their robust batting lineup. The trio of Mohammed Aslam, Shiraz Khan, and Ahsan ul Haq has been in sensational form, consistently amassing runs. Leading from the front, Captain Aslam has emerged as the tournament's top run-scorer with an impressive tally of 104 runs in just three matches. The combination of Khan and Haq, contributing with 98 and 89 runs respectively, further solidifies Kuwait's batting strength. Their ability to score prolifically is a driving force behind Kuwait's triumphant run.
In the other half of the bowling front, I would say Kuwait's prowess has been equally striking. Sayed Monib and Usman Patel have taken the mantle as the team's leading wicket-takers. Monib's brilliant spell has yielded an astounding 7 wickets in the tournament, showcasing his knack for dismantling opposition lineups. Patel, not far behind, has scalped 6 wickets, which demonstrate his effectiveness in providing crucial breakthroughs. And with both their batting and bowling units firing on all cylinders, Kuwait has positioned itself as a team to watch, but as it stands now, we can only tell on paper.
Mohammed Aslam (c), Shiraz Khan, Ahsan ul Haq, Clinto Anto, Meet Bhavsar (wk), Adnan Idrees, Parvindar Kumar, Sayed Monib, Usman Patel (wk), Yasin Patel, Shahrukh Quddus, Ravija Sandaruwan, Mohamed Shafeeq, Ali Zaheer.
Saudi Arabia Form
On the other-hand Saudi Arabia's performance in T20I cricket has been a mixed bag, with a tally of two wins and two losses in their last four matches. They displayed their prowess by defeating Bahrain with a commanding 7-wicket margin and the Maldives by a dominant 10 wickets. However, they faced setbacks against Oman, losing by 5 wickets, and Qatar, falling short by 6 wickets. This rollercoaster ride in their recent form highlights the team's unpredictable nature on the T20 stage.
Saudi Arabia's primary challenge has been their batting, which has shown signs of inconsistency in recent matches. Their reliance on Owais Shah and Ahmed Al-Balushi for consistent runs has become apparent. Shah, the team's leading run-scorer in the tournament, has managed to accumulate 87 runs in just three matches, demonstrating his importance in stabilizing the innings. Al-Balushi, too, has contributed significantly with 79 runs to his name, but the team needs more runs from other batsmen to be more consistent.
On the bright side, Saudi Arabia's bowling attack has been a standout feature. Mohammed Nadeem and Fahad Tariq have shouldered the responsibility with exemplary performances. Nadeem, who have proven to be the leading wicket-taker for the team in the tournament, has claimed an impressive total of 7 wickets, showcasing his ability to take crucial scalps. Tariq, not far behind, has picked up 6 wickets, helping to reinforce the team's bowling strength. With their bowlers leading the charge, Saudi Arabia has the potential to turn their mixed form around and make a mark in this match and the upcoming matches.
Saudi Arabia lineup:
Saud bin Muhammad (c), Owais Shah, Ahmed Al-Balushi, Rizwan Khan, Usman Khan (wk), Mohammed Nadeem, Fahad Tariq, Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, Mohammed Shamim, Sami Al-Amin, Irfan Khan, Zeeshan Iqbal.
Expert Betting Tips
The End Park international Cricket Stadium pitch is known for being fast and bouncy, conducive to batting. The four ODIs played here have seen scores exceeding 300 runs, suggesting that teams batting first will aim for 350+ to defend. Bowling conditions can be challenging, requiring accuracy in line and length.
Kuwait have a strong batting line-up with players who can score quickly. They will look to take advantage of the conditions and post a big score on the board. Saudi Arabia have a good bowling attack, but they will need to be at their best to restrict Kuwait.
However, Saudi Arabia are a good team and will be looking to challenge Kuwait. Overall, we believe that Kuwait have a slight edge due to the pitch and their batting line-up.. Our bet is on Kuwait to emerge victorious.