Bangla Tigers and Qalandars to fight for bronze!
Qalandars to win the match!
Even though it's not the finals, there's a lot at stake here. When Qalandars finished on the second position, many expected them to reach the final and perhaps, even win it. However, it wasn't to be and now they'll be competing with a team that found its way into the playoffs just when the doors were about to close.
Cricket is indeed a cruel game. Having said that, it should be noted that both these teams are coming from losses and the Qalandars are currently on a 2 match losing streak. They lost against MA and the DEG (in that order) and the Bangla Tigers couldn't find their way against the DEG. Both the teams are expected to come out with all guns blazing to take the consolation bronze medal. No changes are expected from either of the teams as this will mark the last game for them and that too, an important one.
The Bangla Tigers sneaked into the playoffs and they will be mighty pleased by their effort to make it to the playoffs. However, they do realize that they themselves made it tough for them with some ordinary bowling. Their batting has been their biggest strength and that's no secret.
Their bowling, however, has been good in patches but not consistent enough to earn them a place in the finals. However, they have been a team that hasn't made too many changes in this tournament and the same trend is expected to follow. If at all anything, they might be tempted to play James Faulkner ahead of David Weise or Chirag Suri; who have been lackluster in this tournament.
Andre Fletcher (WK), Rossouw, Ingram, Chirag Sur/James Faulkner, Thisara Perera (C), David Weise/James Faulkner, R Frylinck, Qais Ahmed, F Reza, Kevin Kothagoda, S Jayasuriya
Finding the right balance has been the issue for Qalandars right from the start. Their batting hasn't been consistent barring Tom Banton. They have been good with the ball but then again, the ability to get a big score up or chase down one is what really matters.
Their bowling attack has been quite decent and has been consistent much unlike their batting. The inability to get those big partnerships on a regular basis has really hurt their cause and could prove to be an obstacle for them in today's game as well.
However, they need not worry much about the selection headache as this is the best XI that they've got and one can expect them to go unchanged. If at all anything, they might give Imran Nasir a chance in place of Philip Salt who has looked patchy with the bat. The presence of Chris Jordan in the squad adds to the depth and quality of the team. They'll be relying heavily on him.
Tom Banton, Luke Ronchi (WK), David Malan (C), Philip Salt/Imran Nasir, Jordan Clark, Seekugge Prasanna, Chris Jordan, Samit Patel, Lahiru Kumara George Garton, Sultan Ahmed.
The pitch has favoured the batsmen with a nice bounce. The ball is coming on to the bat quite well and the batsmen have made the most of it. However, the slower bowlers have benefitted from this track as well and more so, in the case of spinners. The weather is expected to remain the same with clear skies. A complete game is on the cards.
The Abu Zayed Stadium has been a tremendous host to the T10 league and has produced some exhilarating game. The ground dimensions are reasonable and one can expect another high scoring game to be followed.
Either of the teams involved will look to bat first and the scoreboard pressure tends to play a major role in deciding the outcome of a playoff game. Both the teams have some impressive players who can propel their teams to a big score. Expect the winner of the toss to bat first.
While Qalandars might be on a losing streak, they shouldn't be counted out. The Bangla Tigers, on the other hand, could achieve a lot more than they have had they been consistent but it wasn't to be. Hence there is hardly anything to separate these two teams but one should expect the Qalandars to go through.
Qalandars to win the match!