Deccan Gladiators’ quest for first points against Team Abu Dhabi
Deccan Gladiators to win
Deccan Gladiators would be up against Team Abu Dhabi in the 6th game of the T10 League 2021. This will be the first game of the season for Team Abu Dhabi and they would be aiming for their first points of the season here. The Gladiators would be under pressure having lost the first game and need to win this one to avoid the pressure of the points table getting into their minds.
The Gladiators failed to play to their potential in the last game despite having one of the strongest batting line-ups in this tournament. They would look to make amends in this game with the bat and put up a big score on the board. Team Abu Dhabi would be aware of the pressure that their opponents face in this game and look to exploit this to their advantage.
Kieron Pollard would be upset with the show from his players in the last game. They were miserable with the bat and failed to put up a good score on the board. The side has several big names in the team and Pollard would want his big guns to fire in this game and earn their first points for the season.
Openers Mohammad Shahzad and Sunil Narine would need to provide a good start after their failure in the last game. Cameron Delport looked in good nick and he will have to do well in the middle order along with Prashant Gupta and Pollard. Azam Khan played a blinder in the last game and his presence lower down the order is an added bonus for the side.
Ravi Rampaul and Narine impressed with the ball and the side would be expected from them in this game. Imran Tahir looked at his best and the side would need him to perform to win this contest. Zahoor Khan, Wanindu Hasaranga and Pollard would need to bowl tight lines to keep the opponent to a low total.
Kieron Pollard (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Sunil Narine, Prashant Gupta, Azam Khan, Cameron Delport, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ravi Rampaul, Zahoor Khan, Imtiaz Ahmed, Imran Tahir
Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine, Azam Khan, Zahoor Khan, Aaron Summers, Imran Tahir, M Shahzad, Imtiaz Ahmed, Prashant Gupta, Cameron Delport
Luke Wright would be leading the side and he would like to put behind the disappointments of the previous seasons. This is the strongest squad that Team Abu Dhabi has fielded in this tournament and there would be lots of expectations from them. Wright would want his players to play to their potential in this game.
Chris Gayle and Paul Stirling would have to provide the side with an aggressive start in this game. Both these players can hit the ball hard. In the middle order they have good hitters in Najibullah Zardan, Wright and Rohan Mustafa. Ben Cox and Chris Morris would have to do the heavy lifting towards the end of the innings.
Usman Shinwari and Morris must start the proceedings well with the new ball and trouble the Gladiators’ top order. Tom Helm and Karthik Meiyappan would be looking to keep the scoring rate under check in the game. With Wright, Stirling and Mustafa in the side their bowling has good depth.
Luke Wright (c), Ben Cox (wk), Chris Gayle, Paul Stirling, Najibullah Zardan, Rohan Mustafa, Ben Duckett, Usman Shinwari, Chris Morris, Tom Helm, Karthik Meiyappan
Rohan Mustafa, Usman Khan, Luke Wright, Jamie Overton, Naveen-ul-Haq, Chris Gayle, Paul Stirling, Ben Duckett, Joe Clarke, Obed McCoy, Najibullah Zadran
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||19||0 mm.||3.35 k/h||From: E||0%|
|03h||20||0 mm.||2.98 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
|06h||21||0 mm.||5.49 k/h||From: SSE||0%|
|09h||24||0 mm.||2.71 k/h||From: S||0%|
|12h||24||0 mm.||2.42 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|15h||23||0 mm.||3.64 k/h||From: NNE||10%|
|18h||22||0 mm.||5.17 k/h||From: ENE||14%|
|21h||21||0 mm.||4.53 k/h||From: ESE||0%|
There would be clear skies over Abu Dhabi on January 29 and there would be some dew on the surface. The track has looked slow on the first day and batsmen will need adjust their eyes to the wicket. The side that bats first in this game would need to target a score of around 130 runs to feel safe here.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi is a large ground and has a fast outfield that allows the batsmen to score lots of runs in boundaries. The conditions here are tough for the fast bowlers with nothing on the surface for them. Spinners have done well at this venue since the ball turns sharply here.
All three games on the first went in favor of the sides that chased the total. It isn’t the easiest tracks to bat on early on in the innings. Both the captains would consider this at the toss and the one winning it is likely to opt for bowling first on this wicket.
Team Abu Dhabi would be starting their season in this game and hence there would be few raw nerves in the camp. They have a good batting like-up but lack experience in the bowling attack. The Gladiators after their loss in the last game are likely to come hard at their opponents. They have good balance in the batting and bowling departments and this shall make them favorites in this game.
Deccan Gladiators to win