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Toss Winner - United Arab Emirates won the toss and chose to bat first
UAE's search for a maiden win against West Indies
West Indies to win
Tournament: West Indies tour of UAE, 2023 | Format: ODI | Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates | Toss: To BatBet Now
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The United Arab Emirates will be eying their maiden win against West Indies in the first game of the three-match ODI series in Sharjah. Both teams would like to take an early lead in the series and build momentum ahead of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers. A good show in the series will have both sides gain confidence ahead of that tournament.
The United Arab Emirates has done well in recent months in ODI cricket. However, this will be a tougher challenge as they take on a strong ODI team. West Indies is experimenting with several young players, and they would want them to do well. It will be interesting to see if UAE can pull off a win in this game.
Muhammad Waseem will know his and his men's challenges in this game. They have the home advantage, and the UAE skipper would like to capitalize on that. He would like a strong show from his bowlers as they will bowl against some of the best hitters in the game. An early lead will add to the side's confidence.
Muhammad Waseem and Vriitya Aravind have done well in recent matches, and the pair will look to put up a strong show at the top. Basil Hameed, Rameez Shahzad, and Asif Khan will look to do well in the middle order. Aayan Afzal Khan and Rohan Mustafa can play their strokes, making it a strong batting line-up.
The side will need good spells from Junaid Siddique and Muhammad Jawadullah with the new ball to put pressure on the West Indies. Zahoor Khan and Aayan Afzal Khan will get the ball to turn and have big responsibilities on their shoulders. Karthik Meiyappan and Mustafa add to the side's variety with the ball.
Muhammad Waseem (c), Vriitya Aravind (wk), Basil Hameed, Rameez Shahzad, Asif Khan, Karthik Meiyappan, Rohan Mustafa, Aayan Afzal Khan, Junaid Siddique, Zahoor Khan, Muhammad Jawadullah
The West Indies are giving a chance to several young players in this game, and Shai Hope will look to start the series with a win. Hope will look to lead from the front and take an early lead in the series. It will be an all-important series as the team prepares for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023.
Shai Hope and Johnson Charles are hard hitters and will look to give a flying start to the side in this game. Roston Chase, Brandon King, and Shamarah Brooks are experienced batsmen in the middle order, and the team will need runs from them. Keemo Paul and Raymon Reifer will look to do the big-hitting in the lower middle order.
The bowling attack is relatively inexperienced, and they will expect a good show with the new ball from Akeem Jordan and Dominic Drakes. Kevin Sinclair and Yannic Cariah will enjoy bowling on this track, and they need to keep the scoring under check. Roston Chase and Keemo Paul must deliver the goods in the supporting role.
Shai Hope (c & wk), Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Roston Chase, Johnson Charles, Yannic Cariah, Dominic Drakes, Akeem Jordan, Raymon Reifer, Keemo Paul, Kevin Sinclair
It will be great weather over Sharjah, but the heat and humidity will test the players' fitness levels. The track will be a good one to bat on where the ball will come to the bat. The side batting first will target a score of around 300 runs to feel comfortable on this surface.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium is a small ground and perhaps among the highest-scoring ones in the world. The outfield is lightning-fast, ensuring easy boundaries, and batsmen enjoy this surface. There isn't much for the fast bowlers on this track, but spinners do well when the ball stops on the batsmen.
It is one of the best batting wickets in the world, and we have seen sides put up big scores on the board. The ball will turn in the second innings, making things difficult for the batsmen. Hence, we believe the side winning the toss will opt to bat first.
The United Arab Emirates will need a good performance from their bowlers as they are up against a very strong side. The side will also need its middle order to deliver the goods to win here. West Indies have a strong batting line-up, and their players will enjoy batting on this wicket. It gives them the edge in this game.
West Indies to win
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