Northern Warriors’ hunt for second win against Delhi Bulls
Northern Warriors to win
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The stage is set for a mega clash in the 1st Qualifier of the T10 League, 2021 where the Delhi Bulls would be up against the Northern Warriors. The Delhi Bulls topped the points table after a convincing win against the Qalandars and this would give them immense confidence. The Northern Warriors also finished the Super League stage on a high winning against the Pune Devils.
Both the sides are looking in equally strong form at the moment with their batting line-ups doing well. The two sides had met earlier in the season where the Warriors had registered an impressive 32 run win. It will be interesting to see if the Bulls are able to avenge that defeat and get into the finals with a win here.
Dwayne Bravo couldn’t have asked for a better show from his side. They have entered the playoffs with a triumphing victory against the Qalandars and in the process topped the points table. Their batsmen are in good form at the moment and so are the bowlers. Bravo would know that Warriors are a very good side and expect a good show from his players here.
Openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Evin Lewis are scoring runs and at a good pace and this would make the side confident. Ravi Bopara has enjoyed a great tournament so far and he will have to play big shots in this game along with the likes of Mohammad Nabi and Sherfane Rutherford. With Bravo and Tom Abell to follow they have all the bases covered in the batting department.
Their bowlers would be confident after the good show in the last game. Fidel Edwards did well and shall look to grab early wickets alongside Waqas Maqsood. Bravo is a very experienced campaigner and so is Mohammad Nabi. The side would also expect good lines from Shiraj Ahmed and Nayeem Young in this game to take on their formidable opponent.
Dwayne Bravo (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Evin Lewis, Sherfane Rutherford, Mohammad Nabi, Tom Abell, Ravi Bopara, Shiraz Ahmed, Waqas Maqsood, Fidel Edwards, Nyeem Young
Dwayne Bravo, Nyeem Young, Tom Abell, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Waqas Maqsood, RS Bopara, Mohammad Nabi, Sherfane Rutherford, Shiraz Ahmed, Evin Lewis, Fidel Edwards
Apart from the loss in their opening game Nicholas Pooran’s side hasn’t put a foot wrong so far. They come here after a massive 8-wicket win in the last game against the Pune Devils that has taken them to the second spot on the points table. The had defeated the Bulls earlier and Pooran would want his players to draw confidence from that win.
Brandon King and Waseem Muhammad look in great form and the side would expect to see a quick start from them. The side draws its strength from the middle order where Pooran, Rovman Powell and Fabian Allen have scored runs. With Rayad Emrit and Lendl Simmons batting down the order the side has good strength in this department.
Wahab Riaz and Junaid Siddique were expensive in the last game and they would be expected to come up with a better show here. Rayad Emrit and Wayne Parnell were brilliant and they would expect to play well in this game. Waheed Ahmed and Fabian Allen add good bowling options to this attack.
Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Waseem Muhammad, Brandon King, Rovman Powell, Fabian Allen, Lendl Simmons, Waheed Ahmed, Rayad Emrit, Wahab Riaz, Wayne Parnell, Junaid Siddique
Waseem Muhammad, Brandon King, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Wayne Parnell, Nicholas Pooran, RR Emrit, Rovman Powell, LMP Simmons, Junaid Siddique, Fabian Allen, Wahab Riaz
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There would be odd clouds in the skies over Abu Dhabi on February 05. The pitch has become easier to bat on as the ball is coming on to the bat nicely. Bowlers are having a difficult time here and the he that bats first would have to keep a target score of 130 runs in mind to do well here.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi has large boundaries but the outfield is fast and this allows batsmen to play their strokes in this ground as we have seen in this tournament. Fast bowlers find it tough to bowl on this surface but the spinners have done well here as there is some turn on this surface.
This tournament has side sides chasing the scores dominate. In the 24 games that have been played the side batting first has managed just 7 wins. The pitch has been a good one to bat on where sides have enjoyed chasing. Thus the two skippers at the toss would not have the slightest of doubts in their mind about bowling first.
There would be huge pressure on both the sides as they go into this game. Delhi Bulls are coming into this contest having won against one of the toughest opponents but the side still has few issues with its bowling attack. As for the Northern Warriors they are looking a formidable team at the moment and strong in all the departments. Though this will be a close contest the Warriors go into this one with slight edge.
Northern Warriors to win