Bullish Bulls take on struggling Warriors!
Delhi Bulls to win the match!
After successive heavy losses, defending champions Northern Warriors will be keen to get winning ways when they take on Delhi Bulls who have just returned from a tied result against Bangla Tigers. While Darren Sammy's men are in a state of bother, Eoin Morgan would be disappointed that his team didn't get across the line in their previous fixture.
The Bulls have chased in all the games so far and seem like a side that loves to bat second. The Warriors' only win so far also came in a run chase. So both captains will want to win the toss but it shall be interesting to see what happens when the Bulls bat first.
Comparing the resources of the two teams, Delhi Bulls seem to have better bowlers, especially in the death overs. The Warriors don't quite have that luxury but otherwise, have a reasonable bowling unit that depends a lot on the all-rounders to deliver. The batting is also comparatively thinner on paper even though the team will be bolstered by the return of a couple of key players. The Bulls themselves just got back a couple of stars in their previous encounter and they're already looking a much more dangerous outfit.
The best thing about Delhi Bulls is the intent that they show, which is reflective of their skipper Morgan. Having two quality death bowling specialists in Ravi Rampaul and Ali Khan is another added boost. It's important to have good defensive bowlers in T10 and the Bulls are fortunate to also have Mohammad Nabi back. The Afghan all-rounder immediately got into the action with two wickets in the last game while Rampaul and Ali also snared two each.
The batting has depended a lot on Eoin Morgan and Angelo Mathews but the rollicking 18-ball 43 from Kusal Perera in the previous game is indeed welcome news for the camp. As is Sherfane Rutherford's little cameo at number three.
Key Players: Sherfane Rutherford, Mohammad Nabi
K Perera(wk), P Stirling, S Rutherford, E Morgan(c), A Mathews, M Nabi, D Willey, D Chameera, A Rashid, A Khan, R Rampaul
Khary Pierre, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Rampaul, Eoin Morgan, Kusal Perera, Muhammad Usman, Sherfane Rutherford, Angelo Mathews, Ali Khan, Mohammad Nabi, David Willey
The Northern Warriors seem a mentally scarred team at present. Imagine batting the entire 10 overs for just 92 runs despite losing just a single wicket. That was a direct consequence of them being 46 all out in the game prior to that.
Their batting unit is having a bit of self-doubt and losing doesn't help. Warriors' power-hitting depends a lot on Andre Russell but it's time the others also chipped in to support the burly all-rounder. Even he wasn't able to get going despite batting through till the end in the previous encounter.
The bowling is in comparatively better shape and while it's not flawless, the potential is in their efficiency. However, the other batsmen in the top four need to come to the party.
Key Players: Andre Russell, Chris Green
Expected XI: D Sammy(c), S Billings(wk), A Russell, A Gunaratne, C Green, S Raza, A Tandon, M Deyal, R Emrit, N Pradeep, C Wood
Sam Billings, Mark Deyal, Nicholas Pooran, Christopher Green, Asela Gunaratne, RR Emrit, LMP Simmons, Junaid Siddique, CP Wood, DJG Sammy, Andre Russell
Rain is predicted during the week in UAE but Tuesday might just be free of showers as the forecast predicts rain from Wednesday onwards. The surfaces have generally been good for batting and the track used on Monday, in particular, looked good for strokeplay. That one didn't anything for spinners though, so it's about bowlers who can bowl yorkers and change their pace nicely.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium is one of the finest stadiums in the UAE, both in terms of infrastructure and quality of pitches. Teams chasing have won six of the 12 games so far while there have been two ties as well. Average score batting first so far after is 108.
Statistically, chasing teams have won more games this season but batting first hasn't been all that bad if you also include the tied games. Teams would still want to bat second, as knowing the target helps but the toss might not be as significant as it was thought to be. But the track will be on the slower side considering that this will be the second game of the day. So, chasing won't be that good an idea this time as the track will be slower in the second half. Hence, batting first would be the right choice after winning the toss.
With the return of Rutherford and Nabi, the Bulls look super strong and despite not having got a winning streak as yet, they are firm favorites in this clash. The Warriors are no pushovers but seem mentally weak and it will some individual brilliance (mostly Dre Russ) for them to stand a chance.
Delhi Bulls to win the match!