United Arab Emirates will host Scotland in the 3rd match of the ICC Cricket World Cup League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
While the T20 leagues around the world has taken the limelight, it’s time for some One-Day Internationals. Scotland is all set to lock horns with the United Arab Emirates, which promises to be a cracker. The venue, is none other than the iconic Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Can the Scots overcome the stiff test and clinch a victory in the away match or will the hosts prevail? We are not sure. But what we know for sure is that you can get rich with the 3 winning bets I have assembled for you. Have a look.
Kyle Coetzer to top score for Scotland @ 3.75
Even though the minnows have predominantly played against the Associate members of International cricket ever since and have not been able to break into the elite group, Kyle Coetzer has consistently delivered for them and has been the backbone of their batting line-up for over a decade. In 57 ODIs, he has scored 2301 runs at a healthy average of 43.41. Even in the past 5 matches, at the dusk of the career, he has managed to pile up 219 runs at a rate of 43.8 per innings. The remarkable fact is that these matches were played away, out of his comfort zone. At 35 years, he is still going strong for the Europeans. There are more stats to make feel comfortable before you place a bet.
If we look at how Coetzer has fared against the United Arab Emirates, let me inform that he has amassed 328 runs at an average of 54.6 in the six head to head games he featured in with a high score of 127. The United Arab Emirates seems to be a country where the Scot loves to score runs. In the 13 matches he played in the Gulf nation, Coetzer scored 456 runs at an average of 38 which includes a century and two fifties. Even Sharjah Cricket Ground has not been deprived of his batting prowess, having scored a 133-run knock in one of the three matches played at the venue.
Scotland to score the highest opening partnership @ 1.61
Even though Scotland’s ability to put up runs on the board for the wicket is not great to boast about, but if we compare it to their foes, we get a clear picture. Scotland have managed to out on 27.4 runs on an average for the first wicket in the last five matches while the bowlers have only shipped in 23 runs on average in as many games. More importantly, only twice have they been outscored for the first wicket stand in the same time frame. For away matches, their record speaks of them more dearly, having scored 27 runs on average against 16.6 they conceded. The remarkable fact is that they had the upper hand in each of these games in terms of number of runs added before the fall of the first wicket.
The head to head record is of utmost importance for this bet and here also Scotland trumps over the Arabian nation. On an average in the last five head to head matches, United Arab Emirates have had the better opening partnership just once with an average of 24.2 compared to Scotland’s 38.2. Looking into the form guide of the UAE, they have scored a total of 50 runs in the past matches for the first wicket, which is below par while conceding 18.8. Even in home matches of late, 11.4 was what only they scored per innings while getting to the two-digit mark just twice. I rest my case. This is the best bet from the match, you should definitely go for it.
Scotland to hit more sixes @ 1.90
When it comes to hitting big, few other associate nations do it better than Scotland. Hitting 4.6 sixes on an average in the last 5 matches does make my statement justifiable. Only once have they been outscored in the above matches. On the other side of the coin, they have conceded less than 4 sixes per match. In away matches recently, Scotland have hit 23 sixes and have let in 5 less. Meanwhile, the batsmen have relatively found UAE bowlers easy to target which is evident from the stats. The Arabians have conceded over 4 sixes per innings but have scored only 3 per innings which works in favour of this bet.
The head to head stats doesn’t oppose us either, with Scottish players clearing the rope on 22 occasions compared to UAE’s 19. Even though the UAE have been fairly successful in terms of six counts at home, it cannot give us a clarity since both the teams faced in this part of the world close to two years ago while this is going to be their first fixture at the venue. With Kyle Coetzer at their disposal, sixes are sure to follow. Now, it’s time for you put up your phone and place this bet, cause once you miss the opportunity, it’s not going to come back!