ICC CWC Qualifiers 2023: Scotland vs United Arab Emirates, SCO vs UAE match 12 Predictions

scotland vs united arab emirates

Match Details

Match Details

Scotland will lock horns against the UAE in Group B in the 12th Match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023 at Bulawayo Athletic Club in Bulawayo on June 23. Scotland won a thriller against Ireland in its opening match and they would be high on confidence at the moment. On the other hand, UAE has lost back-to-back games and is on the verge of elimination. They need to step up and give their best performance to live up to the expectations. They are currently languishing at the bottom of Group B.

Pitch Report

Pitch Report

The pitch looks like a good one to bat on. The teams chasing the total have won the games here. Fast bowlers can take assistance from the pitch at the initial stages of the match but later on, the spinners come into play and take control of the match. In the first innings, batters need to be careful about the stroke play.

Teams Analysis

Teams Analysis

Scotland

Scotland has begun their ICC qualifier tournament on a high note. They gained a valuable two points by beating Ireland in the first game. Ireland were the favourites to win the match but Scotland turned things around and put up a great fight till the end to win the nail-biting contest. Michael Leask played an inning of 91 runs and took his team over the line. They opted to bowl first and it was Brandon McMullen who dismantled the Irish batting lineup by picking up 5 wickets. He dismissed the first four out of five batters. Christopher McBride, Mark Watt and Chris Sole also took one wicket each. 

Talking about the team, the batting looks solid at the moment with the likes of wicketkeeper Matthew Cross, captain Richie Berrington, George Munsey and Brandon McMullen at the top. Michael Leask and Chris Greaves are the backbones of the middle order. In bowling, pacers Safyaan Sharif and Chris Sole could open the attack while Mark Watt, the left-arm spinner will lead the spin attack along with decent support from Leask and Greaves.

United Arab Emirates

UAE started the tournament with two back-to-back losses. Initially, they lost against Sri Lanka by a huge margin of 175 runs. It was a disappointing performance. Vriitya Aravind and captain Muhammad Waseem were the picks of the batters who chipped in 39 runs each. Ali Naseer, the star all-rounder picked up two wickets and scored 34 runs to give some support to batting. Aayan Afzal Khan, Rohan Mustafa and Basil Hameed were also among the wicket-takers.

In the next match against Oman, only Aayan Khan and Aravind played fighting knocks but in vain. The latter made a fine half-century but it wasn’t enough. Mustafa and Junaid Siddique were the best bowlers. The form of Zahoor Khan is a deep concern as he is supposed to need to bowl well in this match and strike his form.

They have the likes of captain Muhammad Waseem, Mustafa, Aravind and Hameed at the top order. Ali Naseer and Rameez Shahzad are taking care of the middle order. Karthik Meiyappan, Zahoor Khan and Muhammad Jawadullah are handling the bowling department. UAE is at the bottom of the table and is desperate to win this game otherwise they are out of the competition.

Head-to-Head Records

Head to Head Records

These two teams do not play often but they have managed to play 12 matches between them. Scotland won 8 games while UAE won 4 games. In the last two matches, Scotland got the better of the opposition.

MatchesSCO wonUAE wonTieNo Result
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Player Records

We are taking statistics of the current tournament.

Player Records

Scotland

PlayerMatchesRunsStrike RateWicketBowl. Economy
C McBride15693.3
M Leask191149.1
B McMullen154.9
M Watt147109.315.2

United Arab Emirates

PlayerMatchesRunsBat. Avg.Strike RateWicketsBowl. Economy
V Aravind2884463.3
R Shahzad2643268
A Afzal Khan2636391.325.5
R Mustafa236.6

Squads

Squads

Scotland

Matthew Cross(wk), Brandon McMullen, George Munsey, Richie Berrington(c), Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Tomas Mackintosh, Jack Jarvis, Christopher McBride, Alasdair Evans, Mark Watt, Hamza Tahir, Adrian Neill, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole

United Arab Emirates

Muhammad Waseem (c), Aryansh Sharma, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Asif Khan, Rohan Mustafa, Basil Hameed, Ali Naseer, Aayan Afzal Khan, Sanchit Sharma, Karthik Meiyappan, Junaid Siddique, Zahoor Khan, Rameez Shahzad, Muhammad Jawadullah, Ethan DSouza

Scotland vs United Arab Emirates Match 12 Predictions

SCO vs UAE Match 12 Predictions

Scotland

  • C McBride at the top order could play a handy innings. He scored a fine half-century and would want to give a solid start again in this match.
  • M Cross did well in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers matches and he would certainly get some runs under his belt at the top order.
  • M Leask whose unbeaten 91 against Ireland, gets them over the line by just one wicket. He would repeat this again since he is an attacking batsman.
  • B McMullen has been a revelation for the team. He picked up a 5-fer against Ireland. He would lead the bowling attack again.
  • M Watt is a craft left-arm spinner who can deviate the batter through his variations.

UAE

  • The wicketkeeper batter V Aravind is in fine touch with the bat. He couldn’t convert those runs into half-centuries or centuries. He would look to score more runs in this match.
  • R Mustafa has also contributed well especially with the bowl. He has picked up 3 wickets so far and would want to extend the carry.
  • A Afzal Khan is another all-rounder who is the only batter to score a half-century this season.
  • Ali Naseer, the amazing all-rounder, is a crafty bowler and can bat really well in the middle order. He was the one who scored the 50s.  Recently, he picked up a few wickets too against the Windies. He is expected to perform in this crucial fixture.

Predicted Playing 11

Predicted Playing 11

Scotland

Christopher McBride, Matthew Cross, Brandon McMullen, George Munsay, Richie Berrington (c), Tomas Mackintosh (wk), Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Chris Sole, Safyaan Sharif

UAE

Muhammad Waseem(c), Rohan Mustafa, Vriitya Aravind(w), Basil Hameed, Asif Khan, Rameez Shahzad, Ali Naseer,  Junaid Siddique, Aayan Afzal Khan, Karthik Meiyappan, Zahoor Khan

Fantasy Team

Based on the stats above, this could be the fantasy team.

Fantasy Team
  • Wicketkeepers: Matthew Cross, Vriitya Aravind, 
  • Batters: Christopher McBride, Michael Leask, Ali Naseer, Muhammad Waseem
  • All-Rounders: Brandon McMullen, Ali Naseer, Basil Hameed
  • Bowlers: Mark Watt, Chris Sole, Karthik Meiyappan
  • Captain: Brandon McMullen / Ali Naseer
  • Vice-captain: Michael Leask / Basil Hameed

Conclusion

Scotland would be pleased with their performance in the first game against Ireland. Can they continue their winning momentum or will the UAE upset Scotland? The teams will play their hearts out and therefore this could be another nail-biting contest between these two teams. Let’s wait to find the results and try monitoring the sportsbooks for the cricket odds

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