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Toss Winner - Team Abu Dhabi won the toss and chose to bat first
Battle for pride between Team Abu Dhabi and Bangla Tigers
Team Abu Dhabi to win
Tournament: Abu Dhabi T10 League 2021-22 | Format: T10 | Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE | Toss: To BowlBet Now
The 3rd Place Playoff in the Abu Dhabi T10 League would see a repeat of the 1st Qualifier as the Bangla Tigers battle it out with Team Abu Dhabi. The Tigers come into this game after their loss against Team Abu Dhabi in the previous game. Team Abu Dhabi had a poor show in the 2nd Qualifier and lost to the Delhi Bulls by a big margin.
The two sides have played three games so far in the tournament and Team Abu Dhabi has emerged victorious on two occasions. They have a stronger batting line-up and shall look to make the most out of this here. The Tigers would like to end the campaign on a high and we expect this to be a good contest.
Faf du Plessis’ side did all the hard work in the lead up to the 1st Qualifier but succumbed under pressure going down against Team Abu Dhabi by 7 wickets in the last game. It was a poor show with the bat where they put only 101 runs on the board which was never going to be enough on this track. As they play the third-place game against the same side, du Plessis would like to pay it back.
The side would look forward to a good show from Hazratullah Zazai who comes here with two consecutive fifties. He would look to offer a good start with Johnson Charles. Will Jacks, du Plessis, and Will Smeed have to play vital roles in the middle order for the side to win. The likes of James Faulkner, Isuru Udana, and Benny Howell are good hitters of the ball, and they shall look to deliver a strong show in the final overs.
Mohammad Amir and Luke Wood were expensive in the last game, and they would have to do well in this game as Team Abu Dhabi has good strength in its batting. James Faulkner went for runs in the last game and he shall have to improve their line and length. Udana and Howell must play the supporting act well in this game for them to win.
Faf du Plessis (c), Johnson Charles, Hazratullah Zazai (wk), Will Jacks, Will Smeed, Benny Howell, James Faulkner, Isuru Udana, Luke Wood, Mohammad Amir, Hassan Khalid
Karim Janat, Tom Hartley, Johnson Charles, ADS Fletcher, Mohammad Amir, Hazratullah Zazai, Will Smeed, Will Jacks, Luke Fletcher, Sabir Rao, Qais Ahmad
Liam Livingstone’s side suffered a 49-run loss against the Delhi Bulls in the 2nd Qualifier bringing to an end their dreams of a maiden title. The side which had started with five consecutive wins lost its momentum at the worst possible time. They have done well against the Bangla Tigers and shall look to sign off on a high finishing third in the tournament.
Openers Phillip Salt and Paul Stirling would need to offer a steady start to the side with Stirling having failed in the last few games. In the middle order, they have good firepower with Livingstone, Chris Gayle, and Colin Ingram in the team. They would also like to see a good show from Jamie Overton and Danny Briggs in this game.
Bowlers have struggled and they would like to see wickets from Fidel Edwards and Sheldon Cottrell with the new ball in this game. Marchant de Lange will have a crucial role to play being the most successful bowler for the side this season. Briggs, Overton, and Livingstone would look to bowl tighter lines considering the strengths Bangla Tigers have with the bat.
Liam Livingstone (c), Philip Salt (wk), Paul Stirling, Chris Gayle, Colin Ingram, Jamie Overton, Danny Briggs, Marchant de Lange, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Muhammad Farooq
Daniel Bell-Drummond, Noor Ahmad, Colin Ingram, Phil Salt, Naveen-ul-Haq, Liam Livingstone, Marchant de Lange, Jamie Overton, Muhammad Farooq, Chris Benjamin, Ahmed Daniyal
The weather is likely to be good with a warm and comfortable evening in Abu Dhabi on December 04. We have seen a batting-friendly surface here where the ball has come onto the bat nicely allowing batsmen to free their arms. Batting first a side would aim to put 140 runs or more on this wicket.
A large ground, Sheikh Zayed Stadium has a flat surface and a fast outfield. Batsmen always enjoy batting here as they can hit the ball through the line with ease. The track has very little for the fast bowlers. Spinners can generate turn on this surface, and they have done well in the past.
Batting first and setting up a score in this format of the game poses a big challenge and sides chasing scores have won more games in this tournament. The knowledge of a victory target works in their favor. The side winning the toss here would have no hesitation in bowling first.
It would be a battle for lost pride for the two sides and none of them would have wanted to be in this game. The Bangla Tigers would have to show more consistency with the bat which hasn’t been the case in the last few games and want their middle order to deliver the goods here. Team Abu Dhabi shall look to end the campaign the way they had started it. Their batting firepower would provide them with an edge in this game.
Team Abu Dhabi to win
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