Denmark is set to host Finland for a series of two T20 internationals. Both the matches will be played on July 13 at the same venue - Svanholm Park in Brondby. The first of the two encounters is scheduled to begin at 11 AM local time.
Openers Nicolaj Laegsgaard and Hamid Shah are the key figures in Denmark's batting line-up and the onus will be on them to ensure a strong start for their team. These two batsmen have scored the most runs for Denmark in the T20 format and it will be crucial that one of them bats deep into the innings. Anique Uddin and Abdul Hashmi are two other batsmen to watch out for. Nicolaj Laegsgaard will also have a big role to play with the ball. He is the team's leading wicket-taker in the format - 8 wickets in 7 matches - and he could cause problems for the Finnish batsmen with his left-arm spin. Oliver Hald and Saif Ahmad are the other promising talents in this bowling group.
Peter Gallagher and Nathan Collins are likely to open the batting for Finland. The latter smashed 74 runs off 63 balls against Belgium last year at the 2018 ICC World Twenty20 Europe Region Qualifier B at The Hague and the team will want their skipper to lead from the front again. Wicketkeeper Jonathan Scamans is another batsman in the side with the potential to play the big knock. Maneesh Chauhan, Shoaib Qureshi and Hariharan Dandapani will be the key men for Finland when it comes to bowling. Dandapani took 2-16 versus Belgium and the off-spinner will look to replicate that performance. Maneesh Chauhan will probably lead the team's pace attack and he will be expected to land a few early blows on Denmark.
DEN vs FIN Head to Head
Denmark and Finland have never played a T20 international against each other in the past. The two teams will be facing each other for the very first time in the game's shortest format.
Denmark vs Finland Prediction
Denmark won two and lost three out of their five completed fixtures at last month's ICC Men's T20 World Cup Europe Region Final. They registered a convincing 30-run victory over Italy in their last match and that will give them plenty of confidence heading into this game. Denmark have the home advantage on their side and hence are better placed to win this match.
Final Verdict: Back Denmark to beat Finland in the first T20 international.