OMAN vs SAU T20 Match Prediction & Betting Tips
Oman will take on Saudi Arabia at the Oman Cricket Academy Ground, Muscat. Match 1 of the 2022 Desert Cup Series will get underway at 16:00 local time on Monday 14th November.
This fixture will be Oman’s first IT20 since the Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A in February of this year. During that series they won two of five matches, a run which included a nine-wicket defeat to Nepal on this pitch in their last game.
Only three of Oman’s players have hit more than 100 runs in this format this year so far. Skipper Zeeshan Maqsood is their leading run scorer and hit 76 not out from 44 balls against Canada in Muscat and 43 not out against Nepal. Kashyap Prajapati and Shoaib Khan have both also hit half-centuries during 2022.
Leg-spinner Khawar Ali is Oman’s leading wicket taker in this format this year but is not in the squad for this tournament. In his absence, the pressure will be on medium pacer Kaleemullah and quick bowler Fayyaz Butt who have taken 13 wickets between them in 2022.
Oman have been well beaten by Ireland and Nepal in their last two games in this format.
This will be Saudi Arabia’s 13th IT20 fixture ever and they will be the underdogs throughout the 2022 Desert Cup. They have not played an IT20 this year and won two of four contests in 2021 with the wins coming over Maldives and Kuwait.
Saudi Arabia’s leading run scorer of all time, Faisal Khan, is one of two players to have hit a T20I score of over 80 for this team. Khan, alongside the experienced right-hander Abdul Wahid, will be expected to score the bulk of the runs for their side in this opening game.
Medium pacer Abdul Wahid has taken 15 wickets at an average of 16.93 in this format and if he can maintain that average in this game then he will be a big asset to his team. Leg-spinner Imran Arif should enjoy the conditions and add to his record of six wickets from four IT20s.
Saudi Arabia have lost three of their last five IT20 matches but have not played a competitive fixture this year.
OMAN vs SAU T20 Pitch Report
The match will be played at the Oman Cricket Academy Ground, Muscat. We expect low bounce and plenty of turn on this pitch with a par score of no more than 135.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for Oman vs Saudi Arabia T20 Match 2022
Oman Predicted Playing 11
Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Kashyap Prajapati, Jatinder Singh, Shoaib Khan, Khawar Ali, Mohammad Nadeem, Ayaan Khan, Suraj Kumar (wk), Fayyaz Butt, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan, Sufyan Mahmood
Saudi Arabia Predicted Playing 11
Shoaib Ali (c), Sajid Cheema, Faisal Khan, Abdul Waheed, Abdul Wahid, Sarfraz Butt (wk), Imran Yousaf, Shamsudheen Purat, Muhammad Naeem, Khawar Zafar, Usman Ali
Oman vs Saudi Arabia Prediction
Not only are Oman a much higher ranked side in this format, but they have had a lot more match practice as a team over the last year than Saudi Arabia. For this reason and due to them being in home conditions, we expect Oman to be too strong and to beat Saudi Arabia in this match.
Oman are favorites to beat Saudi Arabia