The Scotland national cricket team (SCO) will lock horns with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Match 12 of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023 at the Bulawayo Athletic Club in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on Friday, June 23. The Group B match will start at 12:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).

SCO vs UAE Dream11 prediction for ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023 

Led by captain Richie Berrington, Scotland will head into the game high on confidence after beating Ireland by one wicket in their thrilling opening clash of the tournament. With two points, SCO are currently placed third in the Group B standings.

On the other hand, the United Arab Emirates national cricket team will aim to return to winning ways after losing both their matches in the competition so far. The Muhammad Waseem-led UAE succumbed to a massive 175-run defeat against Sri Lanka in their first match, before going down to Oman by five wickets. With two defeats in two matches, UAE are currently languishing at the bottom of the Group B standings. 

Meanwhile, Scotland have a superior head-to-head record against UAE in ODI format. Scotland have won eight of the 12 matches played so far, while UAE have registered four victories.

Going by recent form and the past head-to-head record, SCO will start as favourites against UAE on Friday.

SCO vs UAE Dream11 team tips for ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023

Top Tip: Best batter

Scotland’s opening batter Christopher McBride slammed a fifty against Ireland in their last match. The 23-year-old right-handed batter scored 56 off 60 to help Scotland chase down 287. McBride has already accrued 99 fantasy points and will be a smart pick at 8 credits.

Top Tip: Best bowler

In the bowling department, Mark Watt of Scotland will be the overwhelming choice. The left-arm spinner gave away 52 runs in his 10 overs in a high-scoring encounter against Ireland. Watt also picked up the big wicket of Ireland wicketkeeper-batter Lorcan Tucker. Apart from his spin bowling, Watt can also contribute valuable runs lower down the order. Having accumulated 99 fantasy points, Mark Watt will be a great addition to any fantasy team at just 7.5 credits. 

Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Among the all-rounders on display, one must pick Scotland’s Brandon McMullen in their fantasy cricket team. McMullen bagged a five-wicket haul against Ireland in their opening fixture. Along with his right-arm pace, the 23-year-old also bats at number three. McMullen has already amassed 166 fantasy points and will be a quality investment at 8.5 credits. 

For the wicket-keeper spot, UAE’s Vriitya Aravind will be the preferred choice over  Matthew Cross of Scotland. Apart from fulfilling his wicket-keeping responsibilities, Aravind has scored 88 runs in two matches in the ongoing tournament. At 8 credits, Aravind could be a great pick for any fantasy team.

SCO vs UAE ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023 playing XI (probable)

Scotland playing XI (probable): Christopher McBride, Matthew Cross (wicketkeeper), Brandon McMullen, George Munsey, Richie Berrington (captain), Tomas Mackintosh, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole

United Arab Emirates playing XI (probable): Muhammad Waseem (captain), Rohan Mustafa, Vriitya Aravind (wicketkeeper), Rameez Shahzad, Asif Khan, Basil Hameed, Ali Naseer, Aayan Khan, Karthik Meiyappan, Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddique

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