Around 7:30 AM UTC on March 27, 2023, the game will begin. On Monday at the Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia, the second match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualification Playoff 2023 will feature Papua New Guinea vs. United Arab Emirates.

Papua New Guinea finished bottom in the ICC Men’s Cricket World League 2 (2019–2023) despite only winning five of the 35 matches they played. The team’s captain, Assad Vala, will be hoping for a strong performance in its inaugural game.

United Arab Emirates, on the other hand, will be trying to make changes and play well against Papua New Guinea.

There seems to be little reason to think that this match might be any different, despite the fact that both matches have been close throughout. Let’s take a close look at the projected starting XI, team news, weather forecast, and much more before the action-packed game begins.


UAE VS PNG Match Details:

Date – 27th March 2023

Time – 1:00 PM IST

Venue – Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek



The Wanderers Cricket Ground’s prepared wicket will be suitable for batting with some assistance for the quick bowlers. This surface tends to give more for seamers and is typically the best for batting. As a result, we may anticipate a high scoring match, with both teams favoring chasing at this location.

The game is expected to take place under sunny conditions with a light breeze and a 51% humidity level.



The game is expected to take place under sunny conditions with a light breeze and a 51% humidity level.

High/Low –/27°-20€° \sWind

Wind speed  3.788-11 km/h

51% humidity

16° Dew Point

12% rain chance



Head-to-Head: In their previous five meetings, the UAE have won only once, which came in Kirtipur on March 15, while PNG had four wins on the trot against them before their recent encounter.


UAE vs. PNG Head-to-head statistics in played ODI matches:

UAE Won 1

PNG Won, 4


No Result,0

Overall matches played, 5


Last matches:

Papua New Guinea                                            262

United Arab Emirate    (34.2/50 ov, T:263)    131

P.N.G. won by 131 runs



Papua New Guinea Squad: Assad Vala(c), Tony Ura, Charles Amini, Kiplin Doriga(w), Hiri Hiri, Chad Soper, Sese Bau, Gaudi Toka, Norman Vanua, Kabua Morea, John Kariko.

United Arab Emirates Squad: Aryan Lakra, Muhammad Waseem(c), Vriitya Aravind(w), Rameez Shahzad, Aayan Afzal Khan, Rohan Mustafa, Asif Khan, Sanchit Sharma, Junaid Siddique, Karthik Meiyappan, Zahoor Khan.


UAE Team News

With just one victory in their previous five games, the UAE has been in dreadful form. Their lone win came against PNG, while the other defeats were to PNG and Nepal (three times each).

The team will be depending on players like Vriitiya Aravind, Muhammad Waseem, Chundangapoyil Rizwan, and Asif Khan to score the majority of the runs in the batting department.

The team will be counting on bowlers Rohan Mustafa, Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddique, Aayan Afzal Khan, and K Meiyappan to make significant bowling strikes.

Rohan Mustafa has been UAE’s best bowler in the 50-over format since March 25, 2022. Mustafa has taken 20 wickets at an average of 27.14 in 17 games.



PNG had two victories and three losses in their previous five ODI matches. More importantly, the UAE was the opponent in both of their victories, but Nepal (twice) and the UAE itself were the opponents in their three losses.

The team will be depending on batsmen like Assad Vala, Sesu Bau, Charles Amini, and Norman Vanua to score the majority of the runs.

In the limited-overs format, captain Assad Vala has been a noteworthy performer with the bat. Vala has played in 22 games and amassed 669 runs with an average of 30.40 and five half-centuries.

The majority of the runs will be provided by bowlers like Chad Soper, Norman Vanua, Assad Vala, and Riley Hekure for the team. medium-pacer For Papua New Guinea in the limited-overs format, Chad Soper has led the bowling rankings. Soper has taken 20 wickets at an average of 36.10 in 20 games.




The two teams have faced off 10 times overall, and coincidentally, both teams have collected five victories. Form is something that has recently been against both. Nonetheless, in their most recent encounter, UAE defeated PNG by 6 wickets. UAE finished the 235 run chase in 39 overs. UAE’s run-chase was created by Muhammad Waseem. In just 76 deliveries, he opened the innings for his team and scored 119 runs. At the Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek, Papua New Guinea has played four times, but has lost all of those contests. UAE, however, has never participated in an ODI match there. Currently, Vriitya Aravind leads UAE in runs scored in League 2. In the current cycle of 34 ODI innings, he has scored 1047 runs at a clip of roughly 32.71. If UAE are to win this match, he will be key. Junaid Siddique, a right-arm medium fast bowler, leads the UAE in wickets taken. Currently, he leads League 2 with 16 wickets. If PNG wants to defeat UAE in this upcoming match, they must significantly improve their batting. As a result, we are supporting UAE to defeat PNG in this match.







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