Who will win England vs Nigeria, U19 World Cup 2020?
England will look to bounce back from the disappointment of missing out on the Under-19 Cricket World Cup quarter-finals when they conclude their group fixtures against debutants Nigeria. The match, at Kimberley’s Diamond Oval, takes place on January 25 and is scheduled to start at 10:00 local time.
Both teams are already out of contention for the main prize, and will play in the Plate League play-offs instead. This is as a result of both losing their previous matches to West Indies and Australia. England were on the brink of keeping their quarter-final hopes alive against Australia last time out, but the Aussies – chasing 253 to win – managed to get home from the final ball, with two wickets remaining.
Nigeria, on the other hand, in their debut tournament, have been beaten much more convincingly – bowled out for 61 and 57 as they compete at the top level for the first time. Most recently, West Indies posted 303/8 before ripping through the Nigerian batting.
ENG vs NIG, U19 World Cup 2020: Where to watch/Live streaming
Live streaming: ICC TV
ENG U19 vs NIG U19 Toss Prediction
Teams winning the toss at the Diamond Oval have tended to field first. England lost their most recent toss, so they might be keen to put the Nigerians in first this time.
ENG U19 vs NIG U19 Weather Report
There are scattered thunderstorms over Kimberley on Saturday, with a 50 per cent chance of rain in the afternoon. Conditions either side should be sunny, however, so it remains to be seen if this match can beat the rain.
ENG U19 vs NIG U19 Pitch Condition
Kimberley’s Diamond Oval has served up an excellent balance between bat and ball so far, with the most recent match seeing 505 runs scored and 15 wickets taken from the full 100 overs.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for England vs Nigeria, U19 World Cup 2020...
England U19 Team News & Playing 11
ENG U19 Team News
England fielded the same XI against West Indies and Australia, so this could be a chance to rotate their squad options as they build towards the Plate. Harry Duke could come in behind the stumps, for example, while Scott Currie and Sam Young are others pushing for selection.
ENG U19 Key Players
Lewis Goldsworthy: The pick of England’s bowlers so far, taking 2-28 and 2-24 in the two matches, as well as bowling a combined 80 dot balls.
Ben Charlesworth: Showed the benefits of his first-class experience with Gloucestershire, with whom he signed off the season with his highest score so far, 77*, by hitting 82 in the match against Australia.
Hamidullah Qadri: Another with first-class experience, the Derbyshire spinner has taken two wickets in each of the two matches so far.
ENG U19 Team Form
England have lost both matches so far, suffering missing out on the main quarter-finals for the first time in this tournament’s history. They were below-par against West Indies, conceding 267/7 and then struggling to 184/9 from 43.4 overs before the rain came down to lose heavily on the DLS method.
Against Australia, however, they were much improved as Ben Charlesworth (82) and Dan Mousley (51*) helped them to 252/7 from their 50 overs. They restricted Australia to 206/8 after 45.4 overs of the reply, but could not get the job done – the Aussies hitting back to win the match off the final ball.
England U19 Predicted Playing 11
Ben Charlesworth, Jordan Cox, Tom Clark, Jack Haynes, George Hill, Dan Mousley, Harry Duke (wk), Lewis Goldsworthy, George Balderson (c), Scott Currie, Hamidullah Qadri
Nigeria U19 Team News & Playing 11
NIG U19 Team News
Oche Boniface replaced Mohameed Taiwo last time out in the only change for Nigeria so far, while Miracle Ikaige moved down the batting order and took over wicket-keeping responsibilities from Isaac Danladi.
NIG U19 Key Players
Sylvester Okpe: The 19-year-old captain also featured for Nigeria’s senior team in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier. He picked up some useful wickets there, and took 2-66 against West Indies last time out.
Sulaimon Runsewe: Looking to avoid a third consecutive duck, having been another of Nigeria’s teenage stars to have played for the senior team in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier.
Olayinka Olaleye: Scored 21 against Australia first up – Nigeria’s highest individual score of this tournament – having hit 110* against Tanzania in qualifying and 73 against Kenya.
NIG U19 Team Form
Nigeria have won two from two in Group C, seeing off Zimbabwe in a rain-affected opener, in which Parvez Hossain Emon’s unbeaten half-century led them to a comfortable win on the DLS method, and then thrashing Scotland last time out.
Rakibul Hasan took a hat-trick as they bowled the Scots out for 89, and Mahmudul Hasan Joy was 35* to guide the Tigers to a seven-wicket win in just 16.3 overs.
Nigeria U19 Predicted Playing 11
Sulaimon Runsewe, Olayinka Olaleye, Samuel Mba, Isaac Danladi, Oche Boniface, Sylvester Okpe (c), Miracle Ikaige (wk), Abdulrahman Jimoh, Peter Aho, Akhere Isesele, Rasheed Abolarin
England U19 vs Nigeria U19 Team Form in Last Five Matches
ENG U19 : L L L W W
NIG U19 : L L
ENG U19 vs NIG U19 Head to Head
England and tournament debutants Nigeria have never met in a Youth ODI before.
England U19 vs Nigeria U19 Prediction
England may have lost to West Indies and Australia but there is a huge gulf between themselves and Nigeria and they should win this one comfortably.
At the top of the order and one of the English players with first-class experience, Jordan Cox is the top pick behind the stumps and he is good value at nine credits too.
Olayinka Olaleye is one of the stand-out Nigerian players, having scored a century during qualification and started the tournament with 21 against Australia – their highest score at this tournament. For England, Ben Charlesworth is another opener with first-class experience and he was in good form against Australia, while Jack Haynes and Dan Mousley have contributed some useful runs in the middle order.
George Balderson leads the England team and Lancashire all-rounder is the more expensive of the all-rounders at ten credits. Lewis Goldsworthy has been their in-form all-rounder, however, picking up four wickets and hardly conceding a run so far. In order to balance the Nigerian quota, Peter Aho is the better pick than Akhere Isesele based on current form.
You still need two bowlers from Nigeria at this point, but captain Sylvester Okpe is an obvious choice given his senior experience. Abdulrahman Jimoh showed what he was capable of against the West Indies too. That leaves one space for an English bowler, with Hamidullah Qadri having taken four wickets in two matches to prove his consistency.
The captain and vice-captain picks could pay off differently depending on whether England bat first. If they do, Ben Charlesworth could rack up another big score, but it is a risk – bowl first, and it is the bowlers who you will want to select. Lewis Goldsworthy and Hamidullah Qadri both have four wickets from two games, and they seem the safer choices. Goldsworthy’s batting puts him higher up the order than Qadri.