Deccan Gladiators take on wobbly Qalandars!
Deccan Gladiators to win!
With the Group stages done and dusted, it is fair to say that one now has an idea of what to expect from this format. It is clear that bowling is the main factor over here and the team that bowls well tends to emerge victorious. DEG have been decent in all of their three games so far but Qalandars have looked largely unsettled, especially with their batting.
The Qalandars' previous 47 run-loss against the Maratha Arabians speaks volumes about their batting prowess as they failed to chase down 107 with 6 wickets to spare. DEG, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought win against the Bangla Tigers in their last game. In the first match of the Super League, it is clear that two teams with contrasting ranges of confidence are about to face each other.
Gladiators' batting has been the key for them so far even though they have looked solid with the ball as well. Shane Watson holds the key for them at the top of the order.
The team might be tempted to give Mohammad Shahzad another go considering his ability to give quick-fire starts to the team. They might be persistent with Ben Cutting in a bid to play an extra batsman against a side that has struggled with the bat this season. One should expect them to go unchanged when they take on the Qalandars.
However, if they do decide to go in with an extra bowler considering the form of Ben Cutting, one can expect Tymal Mills to make his way in. He will be counted for his ability to throw up variations that make life tough for the rivals.
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, Zahoor Khan, Fawad Ahmed, Sheldon Cottrell, M Shahzad, SR Watson
The Qalandars have got plenty to think about especially regarding their batting department, which has totally looked out of color this season.
Qalandars looked completely out of sorts in their 107 run chase against the Maratha Arabians. Barring Tom Banton, no other batsman seems to have understood the conditions. Their current batting line up is the best that they've got as it represents a perfect blend of firepower and experience, but they have failed to gel together.
Their bowling looks decent and the presence of Chris Jordan adds extra depth to the squad. One should remember that this was the same team that amassed 112 in their game against Northern Warriors. Expect them to go unchanged. If anything, they might go with Imran Nasir ahead of Philip Salt who has looked patchy. They wouldn't want to tinker with their bowling department much as they have been decent with the ball.
Tom Banton, Luke Ronchi (WK), David Malan (C), Philip Salt, Jordan Clark, Seekugge Prasanna, Chris Jordan, Samit Patel, Lahiru Kumara George Garton, Sultan Ahmed
Jordan Clark, George Garton, Lahiru Kumara, Sultan Ahmed, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Tom Banton, Dawid Malan, Chris Jordan, Philip Salt, Luke Ronchi, Laurie Evans
The weather is expected to remain the same with the odd scattered clouds. The pitch however, has remained true to its character right from the start of the League and has shown the tendency to carry good bounce on to the bat. Expect the pitch to be same belter of a wicket that was used in the last game.
The Abu Zayed Stadium has provided us with some high scoring wickets and the upcoming clash promises to go in that same direction. It should be remembered that the in the 12 games played so far, there have been 6 wins from chasing, 4 from defending and 2 were ties.
Toss will have a crucial role to play in the game. Both teams like to chase and therefore it would be no surprise if either of the teams elect to field first.
One should expect DEG to go all the way as they have both, momentum and confidence on their side. The Qalandars suffered a potentially demoralizing loss against the Maratha Arabians in their previous game. Expect their batting to crumble.
Deccan Gladiators to win!