Canada and Bahrain will lock horns in the fifth-place play-off of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2022 on Thursday, February 24. Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1), Al Amerat will host the encounter.
Canada, led by Navneet Dhaliwal, finished third in Group A and failed to qualify for the semis. But on Tuesday, February 22, they defeated Germany by six wickets. After electing to bowl, Canada restricted Germany to 131 for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs.
Salman Nazar was the pick of the Canadian bowlers as he picked up three wickets for 27 runs in four overs. Thereafter, Canada chased down the target in 19.3 overs.
Opening batter Matthew Spoors came to the party as he stayed unbeaten on 73 off 55 balls.
Bahrain, led by Sarfaraz Ali, couldn’t qualify for the semis despite winning two out of three games. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) progressed to the next round based on a superior net run rate. On Tuesday, Bahrain beat the Philippines by 91 runs.
After opting to bat first, Bahrain racked up 191 for five on the board. Prashant Kurup, batting at No.3, scored 74 runs off 48 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes.
Thereafter, Bahrain restricted their opponents to 100 for nine in 20 overs.
Match: Canada vs Bahrain, 5th Place Play-off.
Date and Time: February 24, 2022; 11:30 AM IST.
Venue: Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1), Al Amerat.
CANADA VS BAHRAIN PITCH REPORT
The pitch at the ground has been a sporting one so far in the mega event. But the strip has favored the team batting first to a large extent.
A high-scoring game seems to be on the cards for Thursday.
CANADA VS BAHRAIN WEATHER REPORT
The conditions will be warm with no chance of rain. The temperature will be around the 27-degree Celsius mark. The humidity won’t be on the higher side either.
TOP PICKS – CANADA
Matthew Spoors is the 2nd leading run-scorer in this tournament. In 4 matches, he has scored 192 runs at an average of 96 with the highest score of 108* and even picked up a wicket.
Rayyan Pathan is a must-pick for your fantasy teams. In 4 matches in this competition, he has scored 113 runs at an average of 28.25.
TOP PICKS – BAHRAIN
Sarfraz Ali is the consistent performer for Bahrain. He has added 148 runs in 4 matches in this tournament at an average of 49.33 with the highest score of 69* and picked up 3 wickets as well.
Junaid Aziz has picked up the most wickets in this tournament with 10 scalps. He has been economical with the ball too.
CANADA VS BAHRAIN MATCH PREDICTION
Sarfaraz Ali’s Bahrain has been in excellent form in recent times. But Canada has a slightly stronger team on paper.
Canada will go into the match as the slight favorites. But they can’t afford to undermine Bahrain.
Prediction: Canada to win the match.