JERSEY 116/4 WON BY 6 WKTS WITH 5 BALLS REMAINING CHASING SINGAPORE’S 112 @ DUBAI INTERNATIONAL STADIUM.
IT WAS A LOW SCORING GAME IN WHICH SINGAPORE’S FIGHTING SPIRIT AND TACTFUL BOWLING STRETCHED JERSEY TO THE FINAL OVER IN THEIR CHASE OF 112 ON BATTING FRIENDLY SURFACE.
SINGAPORE 112 ALL OUT 20 OVERS (Surendran C 21, Navin P 28, Sidhant 30 off 25 and DG Blampied 2-20, AW HAWKINS KAY 2-14 & Sumerauer JTS 3-20.
JERSEY 116/4 (NA Greenwood 46 N.o , BDH Stevens 23 & Selladore Vijayakumar 1-15, TH David 1-26 & Avi Dixit 1-24.
The match allowed both teams to use their full 15 member squads to try out combinations before the commencement of the tournament proper on the 18th of October 2019 where Scotland take on Singapore.
A Ravinderpal Singh-inspired Canada saw off Singapore in the highest scoring game of the day.
Canada 165 for 4 (Singh 79*, Kumar 44, Baskaran 2-27) beat Singapore 164 for 5 (Chandramohan 51, Zafar 1-28) by six wickets @ICC Academy 2, Dubai.
Singapore were fresh from their victory against Canada in the ICC Challenge League A, where they finished top on equal points. Their confidence was high as they had even defeated Zimbabwe in the Singapore Tri- Nation T20I Series and Nepal in the ICC Asia Finals.
Both these sides have been in excellent form leading up to the tournament and are both tipped as dark horses to do well in their respective groups. That was evident here in a quality warm-up game.
Batting first, Singapore lost two early wickets but recovered very well led by a half century by Surendan Chandramohan (51 off 38 balls, 2 sixes) assisted by fine knocks from Aritra Dutta (34 off 28) and Manpreet Singh (36 off 19, 3 sixes) to post a competitive 164 off their 20 overs.
Reversing their recent 50-over result in Malaysia, Canada chased the target down easily with two overs to spare was down to an explosive knock by the world-record holding Ravinderpal Singh (the first cricketer ever to score a T20I century on debut, a feat he accomplished in the Americas qualifier) who blasted 79 off 38 balls including 7 sixes, aided and abetted by 44 off 38 balls by Nitish Kumar.
Group B bowling attacks are going to have to come up with a way of containing Singh, as in this kind of form as he has the potential to cause all heaps of trouble in the coming weeks.
Singapore will be aiming to come back strong in their next warm- up match versus Jersey on Tuesday, 15th October 2019.
In what is surely going to be the most crucial tournament in our nation’s cricketing history, six spots for the World T20 will be up for grabs!
The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played next year in Australia in November.
Singapore will be up against some formidable opponents in their campaign with six other nations in Group A.
Group A: Scotland, the Netherlands, PNG, Namibia, Singapore, Kenya and Bermuda.\
Group B: UAE, Ireland, Oman, Hong Kong, Canada, Jersey and Nigeria.
Singapore will play two warm up matches against Canada and Jersey before coming up against highest ranked team of the tournament Scotland (11) in their first match in the 18th of October 2019. Singapore are currently ranked 21 in the T20 rankings.
Wishing our Crimson Reds all the best and MAJULAH!
T20 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
With the much anticipated qualifiers for the T20 World Cup due to begin soon on the 18th of October in the UAE and with the involvement of some of the top associate nations in the world, here is a round up of players to look out for for each of the 14 participating nations.
In Focus – 14 players to watch out for at the T20 World Cup Qualifier
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Press Conference
The team to watch will be Singapore, who have recently beaten the Test playing Zimbabwe and the experienced Nepal team.
Singapore skipper Amjad Mahboob said: “: “This tournament is very important for us especially after having beaten Zimbabwe and Nepal and we want to carry the confidence from these victories into this tournament and give our best.”
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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Trophy
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Trophy was unveiled in Abu Dhabi. The event was attended by all 14 participating captains, with HE Sheikh Nahyan Mabarak Al Nahyan.
Singapore is in Group A. Group A team captains will be present for a pre- tournament press conference at the Dubai International Stadium on 12th October, 5.30 PM (local) time.
Singapore Captain, Amjad is looking all set to take the team upwards and onwards in this event.