Tigers' batting flair against Team Abu Dhabi's bowling!
Team Abu Dhabi to win!
Two street-smart teams Bangla Tigers and Team Abu Dhabi go head-to-head as we get into the Super League stage of the T10 League 2019.
The Tigers surprised everyone when they picked a batting-heavy squad with a lot of power hitters and they have managed to be extremely competitive in all their games so far. Team Abu Dhabi tasted their first defeat of the season in their previous game that was against the Maratha Arabians. Moeen Ali's men have largely survived on the back of their crafty bowling line-up while their top order has also shown good hitting form.
As the matches go by, we've got to see better power-hitting from all the sides and that will be a factor as the tracks get slower. In this context, the major talking point would be the battle between Tigers' batting arsenal and Abu Dhabi's bowling line-up. The latter is just returning after being smashed by a Chris Lynn masterclass, so it shall be interesting to see how they respond. Their top order is gradually finding form which is a plus but to compete with the Tigers, they will need consistency. Perera will hope that his batsmen do the major damage and set it up for the bowlers.
Potentially, the Bangla Tigers have a long batting line-up stacked with power hitters. However, they are yet to get those big scores from their batsmen. Rossouw with 75 runs is their highest run-scorer thus far and that should sum things up. They have had different batsmen chipping in with cameos but a sizable contribution is yet to come.
Their bowling has punched above its weight, as they have forced a tie and nearly defended a score of 108 before losing off the penultimate delivery. Bowling is still their weaker suit but it's the batting that has let them down so far.
R Rossouw, A Fletcher, C Ingram, T Moores(wk), T Perera(c), D Wiese, R Frylinck, F Reza, C Suri, L Plunkett, K Koththigoda
RR Rossouw, R Frylinck, Liam Plunkett, Tom Moores, D Wiese, Colin Ingram, ADS Fletcher , Chirag Suri, Kevin Koththiigoda, Thisara Perera, Qais Ahmad
Despite Luke Wright's form (108 runs in 3 games), it was their bowling that kept Abu Dhabi unbeaten for two games. That was before they ran into a rampaging Chris Lynn who registered the highest ever T10 score of 91 in just 30 balls. Moeen's men still tried with the skipper unleashing a blistering cameo and Wright batting deep but the Arabians' death bowlers were too good in the end.
The Abu Dhabi top order is finding form and with Corey Anderson set to return in the next game, they should get more confidence in that department.
The bowling, despite the last game debacle, where they conceded 138, has a lot of experience to bounce back.
N Dickwella(wk), L Wright, M Ali(c), C Anderson, L Gregory, A Davies, , B Laughlin, M de Lange, R Mustafa, H Gurney, R Gleeson
|M de Lange||2.0||0||33||1||16.5|
|M de Lange||2.0||0||33||1||16.5|
Marchant de Lange, Alex Davies, Lewis Gregory, Ben Laughlin, Luke Wright, Hayden Walsh, Moeen Ali, Wayne Madsen, Harry Gurney, Avishka Fernando, Rohan Mustafa
Rain is predicted during the week in UAE but Tuesday might just be free of showers as the forecast predicts rain from Wednesday onwards. The surfaces have generally been good for batting and the track used on Monday in particular looked good for stroke play. That one didn't do anything for spinners though, so bowlers who can bowl yorkers and change their pace nicely will be in the game.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium is one of the finest stadiums in the UAE, both in terms of infrastructure and quality of pitches. Teams chasing have won six of the 12 games so far while there have been two ties as well. Average score batting first so far after is 108.
Statistically, chasing teams have won more games this season but batting first hasn't been all that bad if you also include the tied games. Teams would still want to bat second, as knowing the target helps but the toss might not be as significant as it was thought to be.