World T20 2021 | OMA vs PNG: Historic setting marks the beginning of World Cup journey

Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh

Author| Oct 16, 3:37 PM

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The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is finally here and when Oman takes on Papua New Guinea at their home ground of Al Amerat in Muscat on October 17, a new leaf in the history of Oamni Cricket will be turned. 

Oman are the first Associate nation to host and participate in the T20 World Cup, the stage is not small for Papua New Guinea either, who will become only the third team after giants Australia and New Zealand from Oceania to take part in the cricket World Cup of any kind. 

What's at stake?

With such occasions awaiting, both teams have worked hard to make sure that their dream of playing the World Cup get off to a great start. While Oman would be playing their second World Cup, they would still be looking to go one better than their 2016 effort where they could not get through to the second round even after beating Ireland at the group stage. 

Experienced players like Jatinder Singh, Kaleemullah, Aaquib Ilyas, Khawar Ali and skipper Zeeshan Maqsood will hold the key in Oman’s attempt to hit the board running with a win against PNG. 

For PNG too, the key will be with the likes of skipper Assad Vala, all-rounders Charles Amini and Norman Vanua and batters Tony Ura if they want to make a mark in their first-ever World Cup. Which team will trump which? Only time will tell on October 17. 

Oman vs PNG: Match Details

Match Number - 01

Date and Time - October 17, 2021, 03:30 pm IST, 02:00 pm Local, 10:00 am GMT

Venue - Oman Cricket Academy Ground, Al Amerat

Broadcast and Live Stream - Disney+Hotsar

Pitch Report

Although the wicket at Al Amerat has been a batting-friendly one, as scores of 160 are easy to get, but it has also provided some grip to the spinners and the World Cup opener could not ask for anything more than a true wicket to begin a true contest. 

Weather Forecast

Al Amerat, which is situated 18 Kilometers away from Oman’s capital Muscat, will have a sunny day with temperatures hovering in the lower thirties and higher 20s. Any skipper winning the toss would look to bat first as the ball might just grip a bit more in the second innings. 

Probable XI

Oman

Jatinder Singh, Khawar Ali, Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Aqib Ilyas, Mohammad Nadeem, Suraj Kumar (wk), Sandeep Goud, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan, Sufyan Mehmood, Fayyaz Butt

Papua New Guinea

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

CE XI Fantasy team

Wicketkeeper Suraj Kumar 

Batters Tony Ura, Sese Bau, Jatinder Singh

All-rounders Khawar Ali, Assad Vala, Charles Amini, Zeeshan Maqsood

Bowlers Nosaina Pokana, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan

Vice-Captain Assad Vala

Captain Jatinder Singh 

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