Must-win game for Brno Raptors and Brno Raiders
Brno Raptors to win
The second contest for the day and the 30th overall in the Czech Republic T10 Super Series, 2020 will be an interesting one. Both the sides are coming into the contest with a win and a loss on the opening day. In the first day of the tournament the sides looked good and played competitive cricket in both their games and this will make the contest interesting.
The Raptors would be confident going into this game with the kind of batting line-up they have with their top order look in good form at the moment. The Raiders have bowled well in the two games they have played and hence it is expected to be a contest between Raptors’ batting and the bowling attack that the Raiders have.
It was a mixed day at the office for Varun Mehta’s side as they started the day with a big win where they defeated the Moravian CC by 69 runs but delivered a contrasting performance against the Brno Rangers losing the game by 17 runs. Mehta would like his players to draw inspiration from the first game and battle it out to improve their chances in next round of games.
Jan Hoffmann looks in good form with the bat at the top and he will look to provide a promising start in company of Sandeep Naidu. Mehta also scored runs and shall strengthen the middle order. In Muhammad Ansar, Ali Kashif and Vivek Raxwal they have a good batting line-up and shall be looking to put up a big score on the board.
Their bowlers bowled excellently in the first game though they were found wanting in the second one. Suresh Ramaro and Hoffmann are doing well with the new ball. Machris Dias and Basavantaray Madival are also generating good rhythm and this will make them confident ahead of this contest.
Varun Mehtac (c&wk), Jan Hoffmann, Suresh Ramaro, Sandeep Naidu, Machris Dias, Ali Kashif, Muhammad Ansar, Vivek Raxwal, Sureshkumar Nagaraj, Chirag Kheradiya, Basavantaray Madival
Anzer Khan would be slightly upset with his side’s performance on the opening day. While his side started the day well winning comfortably against the Moravian CC by 7 wickets they suffered a 5 wicket loss against the Brno Rangers. Khan would want his players to put their best performance against a side that looks in good form.
Batting is the area where the side will need to make amends and they would be expecting a good start from Aamir Hussain and Vijay Bijalwan. Their middle order failed in the last game and the side would need the likes of Ganesh Duraisamy, Kudzai Chomusora and Anzer Khan to do the big hitting in the next game.
Vijay Bijalwan and Piyush Tripathi bowled well in the two games and together they will look to pick early wickets and bowl tight spells like they have done. Aamir Husain and Arunkumar Vasudevan will need to rally around them in this game.
Anzer Khan (c&wk), Aamir Husain, Kudzai Chomusora, Vijay Bijalwan, Ganesh Duraisamy, Raghvendra Singh, Dilu Bhusal, Jaipal Singh Rathore, Praveen Prasad, Piyush Tripathi, Arunkumar Vasudevan
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||15||0 mm.||1.28 k/h||From: WNW||6%|
|03h||15||0 mm.||1.49 k/h||From: NW||3%|
|06h||20||0 mm.||2.49 k/h||From: W||3%|
|09h||24||0 mm.||4.03 k/h||From: W||1%|
|12h||26||0 mm.||3.95 k/h||From: W||1%|
|15h||25||0.56 mm.||3.42 k/h||From: W||20%|
|18h||22||0.12 mm.||2.4 k/h||From: NW||36%|
|21h||18||0 mm.||1.38 k/h||From: NW||0%|
The skies would be clear over Brno on July 5 though there would be odd clouds. The track is a difficult one to bat on as it is two paced and the bowlers are getting decent bounce and carry from it. The side that bats first in this game would be happy to reach a score of 80 runs as that would apply pressure on the opponents.
Brno Cricket Ground is a small ground and the outfield has a thick grass cover which doesn’t allow too many boundaries. Batsmen who have the big strokes in their kitty have done well at this venue. Fast bowlers enjoy the conditions as there is assistance for them here. It is a challenging surface for the spinners given the shorter boundaries.
In the four games played so far on this track we have seen that sides are struggling to judge a par score as this isn’t the easiest of tracks to bat on. Thus the skipper winning the toss is likely to opt for fielding and aim at getting their opponents out for a low total.
It is expected to be the contest to watch out for as both the sides are coming into this game with a must-win situation. The Raiders despite the strength in the squad they have haven’t done really well in their previous games and it is their batting that is raising concerns for the side. The Raptors look a formidable batting unit as they showed in one of the games earlier. While there is little to choose between the two sides as of now the Raptors would have slight edge going into this game.
Brno Raptors to win