ACC Western Region T20 2020: Match 8, Group A: Bahrain vs Maldives – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Nilantha Cooray played 4 T20Is for the Maldives before this tournament where he took six wickets and aggregated 101.


Maldives cricket team
Maldives cricket team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details:

The 8th match of the 2020 ACC Western Region T20 in Group A will be played between Bahrain and Maldives at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground Oman Cricket (Ministry Turf 1).

The match starts at 1:30 PM local time (9:30 AM GMT) (3:00 PM IST).


This game can be viewed on ACC YouTube Channel and on Fan code app in India.


Bahrain and Maldives, the Group A teams in the 2020 ACC Western Region T20, suffered big defeats on the first day of the tournament. The two sides will face off in the game on Monday afternoon as they look for their maiden win. Bahrain were thumped by the hosts Oman by an 8-wicket margin. Bahrain made only 83 before getting bowled out and saw it chase down in 13.2 overs. The Maldives conceded 196/4 to Qatar and later batted full 20 overs for scoring 90/9 only to lose the match by a huge 106-run margin.

Weather Condition/Report:

Monday afternoon is expected to be bright and sunny at the Al Amerat Ministry Turf 1 ground.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The Ministry Turf 1 ground in Al Amerat is expected to be on the slower side in the afternoon matches. Even the home team Oman scored less than 7 runs an over to chase down a harmless target against Bahrain and also lost two wickets in that process.

Average first innings score: 115 (Last 5 T20 matches played in the afternoon)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 1

Team News:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Probable Playing XIs:


Imran Ali Butt (wk), Sarfaraz Ali, Shahbaz Badar, Junaid Niazi, Imran Masood Butt, Fiaz Ahmed, Ammad Uddin, Anasim Khan (c), Imran Javed, Abdul Majid Malik, Sathaiyah Veerapathiran.

Bench – Ahsan Ullah Khan, Mohammed Sameer, Mohammed Younis.


Mohamed Rishwan, Nilantha Cooray, Umar Adam, Hassan Rasheed (C), Mohamed Azzam (WK), Ibrahim Hassan, Ahmed Ameel Mauroof, Tharaka Ruwan, Nazwan Ismail, Ibrahim Rizan, Leem Shafeeq.

Bench – Chandana Liyanage, Ibrahim Raid, Ibrahim Sadhoof.

Top Picks:

Umar Adam stood out as Maldives’ top run-getter during the South Asian games with 57 runs and also the team’s top bowler with 5 wickets. Nilantha Cooray played 4 T20Is for the Maldives before this tournament where he took six wickets and also aggregated 101 runs at an average of 50.50. Both the players didn’t put on big performances which we could see on Monday against Bahrain. Shahbaz Badar was the top-scorer for Bahrain in the first match against Oman where he scored 24 runs batting 27 balls. They managed to pick only two wickets and both went into the tally of Abdul Majid Malik.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Shahbaz Badar, Sarfaraz Ali, Umar Adam.

Vice-Captain – Nilantha Cooray, Mohamed Rishwan, Fiaz Ahmed.

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Shahbaz Badar

Batters – Tharaka Ruwan, Mohamed Rishwan, Fiaz Ahmed

All-Rounders – Sarfaraz Ali, Ibrahim Hassan, Umar Adam, Nilantha Cooray (VC)

Bowlers – Imran Javed, Abdul Majid Malik, Ahmed Ameel Mauroof

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Shahbaz Badar

Batters – Mohamed Rishwan, Fiaz Ahmed, Ammad Uddin

All-Rounders – Sarfaraz Ali (VC), Umar Adam (C), Ibrahim Hassan, Nilantha Cooray

Bowlers – Imran Javed, Abdul Majid Malik, Ahmed Ameel Mauroof

Expert Advice:

Imran Javed has a good record in the T20I format for Bahrain while Abdul Majid Malik took two wickets in the game against Oman. Maldives’ Ahmed Ameel Mauroof picked up a wicket and gave only 24 runs in three overs while his team-mates went for runs. Hence, these three players were repeated in both of our suggested XIs in the bowlers’ category.

Probable Winners:

The Maldives is expected to win this match against Bahrain.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.