With ICC having recently granted international status to all countries playing T20 cricket, we’ve seen a whole lot of ‘associate’ cricket taking place through the year. Malaysia is one team that has been hosting a lot of countries in recent times and the latest of these tournaments is a 5-match T20 series against a country they have played often in recent times, Vanuatu.
Even though the hosts are ranked way higher in the T20 Rankings, the visitors have managed to grab the series 3-1 with one game still to be played at the Kinrara Oval. Remember, three of the top four bowlers this series are spinners, so choose accordingly. Keep reading for our complete Nostragamus (sign-up with “READSCOOPS” for Rs.100 FREE) fantasy tips of the MAL vs VAN 5th T20I…
- Tournament: Vanuatu tour of Malaysia 2019.
- Date: 4th October 2019, 4:30pm IST.
- Venue: Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur.
- Capacity: 4,000+
- Series status: Vanuatu leads the 5-game series 3-1.
Form (recent first)
- MAL: L W L L
- VAN: W L W W
- Head to head in T20Is, Vanuatu leads 3-1.
- Joshua Rasu – 148 runs in 4 games this tournament.
- Nalin Nipiko – 110 runs, 8 wickets in 4 games this series.
- Pavandeep Singh – 7 wickets in 4 games this series.
I’m a fan of all-rounders in T20 cricket and someone who has been able to perform in both departments is Sharvin Muniandy who has 5 wickets in 4 games to go with 47 runs including a top score of 27. However, I’ll pick however many spinners are in this team as the spinner have been among the wickets. Captain Virandeep Singh has 92 runs in 4 games and he bowls every once in a while, while his brother Pavandeep Singh is their highest wicket-taker, so I’ll include both.
Syed Aziz has been opening the batting and has 53 runs in 3 games including a lowest score of 15. We’ve seen in the past how he can destroy bowling attack, while also bowling himself sometimes, so pick him in your fantasy team. Their top scorer in this series has been Mohamed Arief who has a lowest score of 17 and a fifty in the last game, while also being thrown the ball a couple of times in this series.
Someone who you can’t miss in your fantasy team for this 5th T20I is Nalin Nipiko and this guy can easily be your captain or vice-captain today. Not only does he have 100+ runs, but he is also the visiting team’s highest wicket-taker this series with a best of 4/21. Another player who has 100+ runs is Patrick Matautaava and that’s mostly because of 103 he scored in the 2nd T20.
While he has only 1 wicket this series, he us a frequent wicket-taker and I wouldn’t want to skip him from my Nostragamus (sign-up with “READSCOOPS” for Rs.100 FREE) fantasy picks. Right at the top of the run-scoring charts is Joshua Rasu and the 25-year old has 2 fifties in 4 games, even though there wasn’t much on his batting CV prior to this. He hasn’t bowled but also has a T20I 5-fer to his name in the past.
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