Deccan Gladiators vs Northern Warriors - Dominant Gladiators take on inconsistent Warriors!
Deccan Gladiators to win!
The North-South derby promises to be a mouth-watering one as both these teams are equally star-studded. Moreover, both these squads haven't faced each other till now and that in itself, adds to this clash. They have got an impressive list of power hitters and smart cricketers who can take control of the game at any juncture.
Deccan Gladiators have had a good tournament so far but the Northern Warriors haven't delivered as per their promise, largely due to their inconsistency. Consistency in a short format like this is absolutely essential because it imparts confidence to the rest of the squad and confidence alone can win you games.
Andre Russell has been the Warriors' best player so far with 159 from 5 innings and 5 wickets. Shane Watson, on the other hand, has had an impressive stint with the Deccan Gladiators
The Deccan Gladiators have had a good run so far and they won't be looking to tinker with their match-winning combination for now. With a NR in their last game, they'll be itching to have a go at the Northern Warriors.
Tymal Mills hasn't got an opportunity to play much in this series and DEG might just be tempted to try him out and have a look at the other combination as well. However, that is not likely to happen. As far as their homework is considered for today's game, they need to figure out a way to get Andre Russell out cheaply as he has been the Warriors best batsman by far in this series.
Key Player: Shane Watson
Mohammad Shahzad, Shane Watson (C), Anton Devcich, B Rajapaksa, Daniel Lawrence, Ben Cutting/Tymal Mills, Migael Pretorius, Zahir Khan, Fawad Ahmed, Mason Crane, Zahoor Khan
Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Zahir Khan, Dan Lawrence, Anton Devcich, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mason Crane, Zahoor Khan, Fawad Ahmed, M Shahzad, SR Watson
The Northern Warriors have had an average run in this series and that is largely due to their inconsistency. They boast of some exciting pool of explosive hitters and all-rounders but they haven't been able to capitalize on that.
Andre Russell has been the lone stand-out consistent performer for them with both, bat and the ball. Hence, the management will be eager to make a few changes to their line-up so as to reduce the dependency on Russell. They would like to try out Pravin Tambe who will come in as a specialist spinner (if he does make the cut). The likely candidate to miss out will be Junnaid Siddique. The track is known to assist the spinners and Tambe can prove to be a potent force.
Key player: Andre Russell
Lendl Simmons, Pooran (WK), Russell, Gunaratne, Sammy (C), Billings, Chris Green, R Emrit, Junnaid Siddique/Pravin Tambe, Chris Wood, Nuwan Pradeep
Sam Billings, Nicholas Pooran, Sikandar Raza, Christopher Green, Asela Gunaratne, RR Emrit, LMP Simmons, Junaid Siddique, Nuwan Pradeep, DJG Sammy, Andre Russell
As far as the weather is concerned, slight drizzles are to be expected but nothing serious enough to disrupt an entire game. It is likely to be humid. One can expect dew to play an important role in the game. There could be dew as the game goes into the second innings.
The last three matches on this venue saw two NRs and a win while defending. So now this makes 7 wins while chasing, 6 while defending, a couple of washouts and 2 ties.
Win the toss and elect to field first will be the motto for tomorrow as dew is likely to play an important role in the outcome of the game.
Deccan Gladiators have been simply dominant in this series and Northern Warriors have been quite inconsistent. One should expect DEG to pull off a hard fought win against an all-round Northern Warriors.
Deccan Gladiators to win!