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Fresh from historic win, Scotland eye big gains against PNG to confirm Super 12 entry

Scotland achieved a historic feat against Bangladesh in their first game after they defeated them by six runs and gained precious two points. That was the big game for the Scots as they would now have comparatively easier games against Papua New Guinea and Oman. The first of those games happen to take place on October 19. 

PNG looking to get past opening match horror

While Scotland started with a win, PNG had a horrible showing in their maiden T20 World Cup appearance as they were thrashed by 10 wickets by hosts Oman. The entire batting order of the Barramundis fell like a deck of cards except for their skipper Assad Vala, who hit a historic maiden World cup fifty and all-rounder Charles Amini, who looked in good nick but got run out, unfortunately. 

The bowling of the PNG team was equally bad, as they were unable to pick a wicket. However, what disappointed the most was the fielding, especially the catching by the players from the Pacific nation. While that might have been the big stage fright and hence when they face Scotland next, they might just be ready for the ultimate clash against a team which they have not beaten in their previous two T20I meetings. 

Scotland look to sharpen batting skills

Scotland on the other hand also have a lot to change as far as their batting is concerned. The likes of skipper Coetzer, Richie Berrington, George Munsey and Callum McLeod would look to get back to form after being muddled by the spin of the Bangladeshi bowlers. 

The bowling of PNG will also be relatively better to face for the Scots who like pace on the ball. The match being a day game also help their cause. 

Scotland vs Papua New Guinea: Match Details

Match Number - 05

Date and Time - October 19, 2021, 03:30 pm IST, 02:00 pm Local, 10:00 am IST

Venue - Oman Cricket Academy Ground, Al Amerat, Oman

Broadcast and Livestream - Star Sports Network and Hotstar

Pitch Report

As far as the evidence from the first day of the tournament is concerned, the wicket at Oman Cricket Academy had no demons in it whatsoever. Oman’s Jatinder Singh and Aqib Ilyas showed that in the first game. In the second game too, it was disciplined bowling rather than the wicket that resulted in 140 being defended. 

Weather Forecast

With plenty of sunshine and no chances of rain or any other disturbance in the offing, this day game wouldn’t have anything depending on the weather. 

Probable XI


George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Bradley Wheal


Tony Ura, Assad Vala (c), Charles Amini, Lega Siaka, Norman Vanua, Sese Bau, Simon Atai, Kiplin Doriga (wk), Nosaina Pokana, Damien Ravu, Kabua Morea

CE XI Fantasy team

Wicketkeeper Matthew Cross

Batters Sese Bau, George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer

All-rounders Assad Vala, Charles Amini, Richie Berrington

Bowlers Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Bradley Wheal, Damien Ravu

Vice-Captain Assad Vala

Captain Richie Berrington 

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