Man of the Match: Saad Bin Zafar
Table toppers Brampton Wolves and Vancouver Knights clash for a place in the finals
Our prediction is Brampton Wolves to win!
Two in-form teams at the top of the table go head to head in Qualifier 1 for a place in the finals of the tournament. Both teams have top players who have performed well throughout the tournament and it will be a keen contest between the batting lineup of the Vancouver Knights and the bowling attack of the Brampton Wolves. The Knights have 3 batsmen in that list in the top 10 run-getters while the Wolves have 3 bowlers in the top 10 wicket takers list. While the Wolves will be looking forward to having Shahid Afridi back in the lineup after he missed their last game, the Knights will be missing their talisman Chris Gayle who will be away with international duty.
The Wolves have been the best team of the league stages topping the table with only one loss in 6 games. However, the one loss was against the Vancouver Knights and will be looking to avenge for that loss. The Vancouver Knights batting has been consistent throughout the tournament but they will be glad to see how the bowling lineup has come through in the tournament. The addition of Daniel Sams has been a boost to the bowling attack and along with Hayden Walsh have made the bowling attack really formidable.
The new team in this edition of the tournament, The Brampton Wolves have had an excellent debut season in the league stages and ended the top of the table with 4 wins and only one loss and will be looking to make the finals of the tournament in their first attempt. The batsmen have been in impressive form with the openers Lendl Simmons and George Munsey providing quickfire starts. Colin Munro, Nitish Kumar, Babar Hayat, and Shahid Afridi have all chipped in when the team has needed them and are all capable of winning games on their own on their day and Wahab Riaz will look to get some lusty blows away at the end.
The bowling attack is in fact been even better and has been the best bowling attack in the tournament. The pace bowling department has variety with the fiery left-arm pace of Wahab Riaz and the consistent Cecil Perez and Zahoor Khan. The spin bowling attack is formidable and led by Ish Sodhi who has been the highest wicket taker in the tournament. The experienced Shahid Afridi and the exciting Rohan Mustafa have bowled crucial overs across the tournament and picked up important wickets.
Lendl Simmons(w), George Munsey, Colin Munro(c), Nitish Kumar, Babar Hayat, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Cecil Pervez, Ish Sodhi, Abraash Khan, Zahoor Khan
Nitish Kumar, Colin Munro, Abraash Khan, Cecil Pervez, Junaid Siddiqui, B Hayat, SMSK Afridi, George Munsey, LMP Simmons, Ish Sodhi, Wahab Riaz
The defending champions the Vancouver Knights will be looking forward to replicating last year’s performance. They ended second on the points table largely on the back of Chris Gayle who is the top run scorer in the tournament so far. The Knights will miss the big Jamaican as he’s away to play for the West Indies against India and will be expecting the others to step up in his absence. The in-form Chadwick Walton will be promoted to open with the exciting Tobias Visee and will look to provide a quick start taking advantage of the power play overs. Rassie van der Dussen, Shoaib Malik and Andre Russell have both the experience and the explosiveness to turn the game on it’s head at any stage of the match.
The bowling attack now looks a formidable look with the addition of Daniel Sams. The lanky fast bowler who was the man of the match in their previous game against the Wolves will look to replicate that performance. Hayden Walsh, Ali Khan and Saad Bin Zafar have all provided adequate support and together have been able to restrict teams to manageable totals.
Tobias Visee(w), Chadwick Walton, Rassie van der Dussen, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell, Hayden Walsh, Daniel Sams, Michael Rippon, Saad Bin Zafar, Ali Khan, Rayyan Pathan
Saad Bin Zafar, Chadwick Walton, Rayyan Pathan, Daniel Sams, Rassie van der Dussen, Michael Rippon, Hayden Walsh, Shoaib Malik, Tobias Visee, Andre Russell, Ali Khan
The pitches have been largely batting-friendly however the last few games have had something for the bowlers and it has resulted in low scoring games. The heavy rains on Tuesday which caused both games to be abandoned and the resulting pitch being under the covers might just mean the bowlers will fancy themselves on this wicket and it might just end up being close low scoring contests. The weather for this game also indicates a possible chance of thunderstorms and it might cause an interruption to the game.
The CAA center has played an excellent host to this edition of the tournament. However, the ground staff and the organizers will be worried about the chance of rain playing a spoilsport and would be hoping it stays away for the duration of the contest. Work would be needed to keep the ground dry and avoid it being dangerous for the players.
The team winning the toss will be looking to bowl first looking at the results in this tournament so far. Teams batting second have won 11 of the 14 completed games so far and there is nothing to indicate that the pattern will change anytime soon. Also, the possibility of rains would mean the pitch might be a bit sticky and the ball might not come on to the bat early on in the first innings which is even more reason for the captain winning the toss to bowl first. The possibility of DLS system coming in to play would mean the team batting second will have an advantage.
This is a match between two teams at the top of the standings and will have two chance to get to the finals. However, both teams will be keen to get there in the first attempt and have an additional day off before the finals. Both teams are evenly matched with strong batting lineups and bowling lineup with variations. Lendl Simmons, Shahid Afridi, Andre Russel are players who can win their match on their own and they will be hoping to get it right on the big day.
The comparatively better bowling lineup of the Brampton Wolves and the absence of Chris Gayle for the Knights will make the Brampton Wolves slight favorites over the Vancouver Knights in what promises to be an enthralling contest.