Our prediction is Brampton Wolves to win!
The table toppers and the form team coming into the qualifiers, the Brampton Wolves were annihilated by the Vancouver Knights in a shortened game. The Wolves bowling was slaughtered by the Knights batsmen and their batsmen except Colin Munro did not reach double figures. The Winnipeg HawksT looked to be suffering the same fate after conceding 238 runs against the Nationals before JP Duminy took it upon himself and guided the Hawks to a narrow victory by the DLS method.
The Brampton Wolves will be looking for their experienced stars to get them back on track after the mauling against the Knights. Experienced campaigners like Lendl Simmons, Colin Munro, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, and Ish Sodhi will be looking to pick up the morale after their disappointing loss and produce a better all-round performance. The Winnipeg Hawks will look to produce a better bowling performance and not expect the batsmen to do all the work.
Everything looked perfect for the Brampton Wolves after the league stage and coming into the qualifiers with only one loss, the batsmen firing on all cylinders and the bowlers being miserly and picking up wickets. All that came crashing down in the first qualifier against the Vancouver Knights with their bowlers being taken apart for the first time in the tournament and the batsmen apart from Colin Munro succumbing cheaply to the Knight bowlers. Topping the group stages means they now have another chance against the Winnipeg Hawks to make the final in Qualifier 2.
The batting unit will once again look up to the explosive pair of Lendl Simmons and George Munsey to produce the good starts which they have done for most of the tournament and set up a good foundation for the rest of the team. The captain Colin Munro is back in form and with support from Nitish Kumar and Babar Hayat will look to take advantage of the middle overs.
The experienced duo from Pakistan, Shahid Afridi and Wahab Riaz will look to provide the finishing touches to the innings with big hits. The bowling attack will look up to the experienced internationals Wahab Riaz, Shahid Afridi and Ish Sodhi for guidance and leadership to get them back on track after the last game. Cecil Pervez, Junaid Siddiqui and Abraash Khan will look to follow in the footsteps of the experienced bowlers and produce a better performance.
Lendl Simmons(w), George Munsey, Colin Munro(c), Nitish Kumar, Shahid Afridi, Babar Hayat, Abraash Khan, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Siddiqui, Ish Sodhi, Cecil Pervez
Rohan Mustafa, Colin Munro, DJG Sammy, Zahoor Khan, Cecil Pervez, Junaid Siddiqui, B Hayat, George Munsey, LMP Simmons, SMSK Afridi, Wahab Riaz
The Winnipeg Hawks at half time of their game against the Toronto Nationals would have been staring at the exit door after Rodrigo Thomas and Heinrich Klaasen took apart their bowling attack. However, the batting unit led by JP Duminy took up the challenge and ensured a narrow victory booking their place in Qualifier 2 and a step away from qualifying to the finals. They will be hoping for a repeat in the batting performance and an improvement in the bowling department against the Brampton Wolves in the Qualifier2.
The batting of the Hawks has been fairly consistent throughout the tournament. The openers Chris Lynn and Shaiman Anwar have regularly provided quick starts and have set up good foundations in the early part of the tournament and will be looking to do it again on the big day.
JP Duminy, the match-winner from the last game, Umar Akmal and Sunny Sohal will be looking to capitalize on the start and post a competitive total. The bowling attack though will have to pull up their socks after being smashed all over the park against the Nationals. Mohammad Irfan will be the key again and will look to be the wrecker in chief. Rayad Emrit, Kaleem Sana and Umair Ghani will be looking to be steady and keep the opponents to a decent total.
Shaiman Anwar, Chris Lynn, Jean-Paul Duminy, Umar Akmal, Sunny Sohal, Rayad Emrit(c), Hamza Tariq(w), Mohammad Irfan, Varun Sehdev, Kaleem Sana, Umair Ghani
Jean-Paul Duminy, Sunny Sohal, Hamza Tariq, Paul Van Meekeren, Chris Lynn, Shaiman Anwar, Umair Ghani, Dwayne Smith, Mohammad Irfan, Kaleem Sana, RR Emrit
The pitches were back to the usual run feasts with teams scoring with gay abandon and the bowlers being carted all over the place. Even though both games were affected by rain, it didn’t seem to affect the pitches in any way and the batsmen made merry. The pitches are expected to be the same and with the short boundaries, it’s expected to be another high scoring game. The weather seems to have improved and there should not be any chances of rain and so hopefully no shortened games.
The CAA ground has been a perfect host for this edition of the tournament and will look to ensure the on field action remains the same. The ground staff was very efficient in getting the games going as soon as the rains stopped and have ensured the pitch hasn’t been affected by the interruptions. The expectation is still for high scoring games in the last two games of the tournament.
The captains winning the toss have generally opted to chase in this tournament and it has proved to be very successful. The small grounds, the slight help to the bowlers early on have all meant chasing team has an advantage. However, it will be interesting to see what team do in the big games were putting up a total on the board and scorecard pressure might play a bigger role.
The Brampton Wolves have had two comprehensive losses on a trot and will be looking to win this game to set up a revenge clash against the Vancouver Knights in the finals. They will try to stick to the method which has got them so far in the finals, batsmen going hell for leather from the first ball, aggressive pace bowling and clever wicket-taking spinners.
The Winnipeg Hawks have their batting and JP Duminy, in particular, to thank for getting them to the Qualifier 2 and will be hoping for a complete performance to book a place in the final.
The Brampton Wolves will be hurting from their thrashing against the Vancouver Knights and will be looking to set the record straight. The all-round strength and experience of Brampton Wolves make them favorites to win this game and proceed to the final.