1st ODI: Papua New Guinea vs United States of America | Squads | Players to watch | Fantasy Playing XI | Live Streaming | Pitch Report

In a forthcoming One-Day International (ODI) Tri-Nations series featuring the United States of America, Papua New Guinea, and Scotland, the former two teams are slated to lock horns in the series opener. The game will be played at the ICC Academy Ground, Dubai, on the 11th of April, 2024, at 02:30 PM Indian Standard Time.

ICC Academy Ground, Dubai
ICC Academy Ground, Dubai

It is to be noted that the United States of America will make its ODI debut in this match against Papua New Guinea, who made their ODI debut last month. Both USA and PNG, along with a few others, were granted ODI status in 2022.

Squads:

Papua New Guinea – Brenda Tau (C), Sibona Jimmy (VC), Tanya Ruma, Lakshmi Rajadurai, Pauke Siaka, Isabel Toua, Naoani Vare, Geua Tom, Kevau Frank, Henao Thomas, Vicky Araa, Buruka Vicky, Dika Lohia, Melanie Ani

United States of America – Sindhu Sriharsha (C), Anika Kolan (VC), Aditiba Chudasama, Disha Dhingra, Gargi Bhogle, Geetika Kodali, Isani Vaghela, Jessica Willathgamuwa, Jivana Aras, Pooja Ganesh, Pooja Shah, Ritu Singh Immadi, Sai Tanmayi Eyyunni, Suhani Thadani

Players to watch out:

Sibona Jimmy

The 31-year-old all-rounder, from 3 ODI appearances, has accumulated 88 runs, including the highest of 57, and has bagged 5 wickets at an economy rate of 3.17. Sibona, while not having scored many runs lately, will be backed to find her footing, while continuing to be effective with the ball.

Vicky Araa

The 27-year-old off-spinner, averaging 13.66 and maintaining an economy rate of 3.28, has struck 6 wickets from 3 ODIs and registered the best of 4/19. Vicky displayed fine form in the recent tour of Zimbabwe, scalping 8 wickets from 6 games, and will be counted on to capitalize on her form.

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Sindhu Sriharsha

The 35-year-old keeper-batter, from 23 Twenty20 International (T20I) outings, averaging 25.94, has added 467 runs to the tally, including the highest of 74*. Sindhu was in notable form when the USA last took the field in September ’23 and will be relied upon to lead the scoring.

Isani Vaghela

The 18-year-old all-rounder in T20Is, from 13 innings, has chipped in scoring 94 runs, while also claiming 18 wickets from 15 outings. Isani recorded figures of 2/9 and 4/16 in her recent couple of outings in September ’23, and it’ll be hoped that she picks up from where she left off, delivering the goods.

Pitch:

The center wicket at the ICC Academy Ground caters to both batters and bowlers. Although it is a batting-friendly surface, the average score at the venue remains in the 210s, indicating assistance that bowlers, particularly pacers, can look to exploit.

Weather:

With moderate winds, humidity at 49%, and the temperature forecasted to hover around 31°C, the conditions are ideal for a complete game of cricket. The overhead is expected to be partly cloudy, and the chances of rain are minimal.

Fantasy playing XI:

Sindhu Sriharsha, Brenda Tau, Gargi Bhogle, Pauke Siaka, Tanya Ruma, Sibona Jimmy, Disha Dhingra, Henao Thomas, Suhani Thadani, Vicky Araa, Ritu Singh Immadi

Match details:

Date – April 11, 2024

Time – 02:30 PM IST

Venue – ICC Academy Ground, Dubai

Broadcast – T.B.C.

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