Desert Cup T20I Series 2022: Bahrain vs Saudi Arabia – Match 5 Preview and Updates

It’s the fifth game of the Desert Cup T20I Series 2022, and Saudi Arabia needs to get back on track against Bahrain. Saudi Arabia enters this game having suffered yet another defeat, this time to Canada. Bahrain regained form and defeated Oman, giving the team confidence.

Saudi Arabia has lost both games by large margins and is depressed. Their batsmen score runs at a low strike rate, compounding the team’s problems. Bahrain defeated the strongest team in the previous game, and they will look to maintain that momentum. It remains to be seen whether Saudi Arabia can surprise their fans by winning this match.

The 5th Match between Bahrain vs Saudi Arabia will take place on November 16th, 2022 at Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1), Al Amerat.

Match Details to Note

Match: Bahrain vs Saudi Arabia, 5th Match, Desert Cup T20I Series 2022

Date: November 16, 2022 (Wednesday)                                       

Time: 5:30 PM IST

Venue: Al Amerat Cricket Ground (Ministry Turf 1), Al Amerat

Desert Cup T20I Series 2022

Desert Cup T20I Series 2022

Bahrain (Match Odds – 1.24):


In the previous game, Sarfaraz Ali’s team defeated hosts Oman by 6 wickets. The players put on a confident performance, going about their business clinically. Their batting lineup appears to be strong, and their bowlers have improved after a poor performance against Canada. Ali hopes to maintain his current momentum and exploit Saudi Arabia’s weaknesses in this game.

In this game, Ahmed Nazar and Sarfaraz Ali will look to establish a solid opening wicket stand. In the middle order, David Mathias will need to anchor the innings and form partnerships with Sohail Ahmed and Haider Butt. Sathaiya Veerapathiran and Shahid Mahmood are strong hitters who help make the batting order formidable.

Rizwan Butt and Shahid Mahmood bowled well in the previous game and will look to trouble the Saudi batsmen. Imran Khan’s four wickets in the previous game will boost his confidence, and he will need to bowl well in the middle overs alongside David Matias and Sathaiya Veerapathiran. Sachin Kumar and Sarfaraz Ali add bowling options to the team.

Full Squad:

Sarfaraz Ali (c), Umer Imtiaz, David Mathias, Haider Ali, Veerapathiran Sathiayah, Sikder Al Mostasim Billa, Sachin Kumar, Shahid Mahmood, Imran Khan, Ahmer Bin Nasir, Sohail Ahmed, Danish Jasnaik, Muhammad Rizwan, Abdul Majeed Malik, Imran Javed

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Possible Playing XI:

Sarfaraz Ali (c), Ahmed Nasir (wk), David Mathias, Sohail Ahmed, Haider Butt, Sathaiya Veerapathiran, Shahid Mahmood, Sachin Kumar, Rizwan Butt, Imran Khan, Danish Jasnaik

Saudi Arabia (Match Odds – 4.10):


Abdul Waheed’s team is in serious trouble. They have lost both of their games and have failed to compete. The team lost by 66 runs in their last game against Canada due to poor bowling performance. They must pull up their socks and win this game in order to move up the points table.

Openers Faisal Khan and Abdul Waheed have yet to score. For the side to be in a comfortable position, they must deliver the goods here. The middle order has fared no better, and Kashif Siddique, Haseeb Ghafoor, and Saad Khan must forge alliances in this game. Hisham Sheikh and Irshad Mubbashar are also expected to score runs for the team.

Their bowlers have been ineffective in both games, so the team will be looking for good spells from Zain Ul Abidin and Atif-Ur-Rehman. Usman Najeeb performed well in the previous game and anticipates help from Muhammad Saqib and Hisham Sheikh. Bahrain has a strong batting lineup, so Faisal Khan must perform in a supporting role.

Full Squad:

Shoaib Ali (c), Abdul Waheed, Faisal Khan, Usman Ali, Sarfraz Butt (wk), Shamsudheen Purat, Abdul Wahid, Sajid Cheema, Muhammad Naeem, Adil Butt, Khawar Zafar, Ali Abbas, Imran Yousaf, Ibrarul Haq

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Possible Playing XI:

Abdul Waheed (c), Faisal Khan, Kashif Siddique, Saad Khan, Haseeb Ghafoor (wk), Hisham Sheikh, Irshad Mubbashar, Zain Ul Abidin, Usman Najeeb, Atif-Ur-Rehman, Muhammad Saqib

Bahrain vs Saudi Arabia Toss Prediction

The wicket has been excellent for batting, and we have already witnessed high-scoring games. Putting up totals on such wickets is always difficult. At this venue, teams have won more games by chasing the score. As a result, the team that wins the toss should not hesitate to bowl first in this game.

Bahrain vs Saudi Arabia Pitch Report

Al Amerat Cricket Ground has a flat surface and is one of the best batting venues in the region. On this fast outfield, big scores are made and chased, allowing batsmen to score runs in boundaries. Fast bowlers struggle on this wicket due to the low bounce. Spinners did well because the ball can turn sharply.

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On November 16, the skies over Al Amerat will be clear. We’ve had good batting conditions, with batsmen easily playing their strikes. We anticipate that the conditions will remain unchanged in the next game. To feel safe, the team batting first will need 170 runs on the board.

Bahrain vs Saudi Arabia Prediction

In their two games, Saudi Arabia has looked like a no-match for their opponents. Their batsmen are out of form, which will affect their confidence in camp. Bahrain arrives with a convincing victory and more experienced players. It makes them the favorites to win this competition. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Bahrain is the favourite to beat Saudi Arabia at the odds of 1.24.

Bahrain vs Saudi Arabia Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Sohail Ahmed has been in excellent form and is our pick to be Bahrain’s leading run-scorer in this match.

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