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Toss Winner - The Chennai Braves won the toss and chose to bowl first
Deccan Gladiators beat The Chennai Braves by 24 runs
The Chennai Braves’ quest for an impressive debut
Deccan Gladiators to win
Tournament: Abu Dhabi T10 League 2021-22 | Format: T10 | Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE | Toss: To BowlBet Now
We are into the 3rd game of the Abu Dhabi T10 League, 2021-22, and Deccan Gladiators would be up against debutants The Chennai Braves. It is the first game of the tournament for both sides and they would be confident and anxious at the same time. The two sides would be aiming for their first points of the season which would put them in a comfortable position on the points table.
The Chennai Braves who are debuting in the tournament would be looking to make a strong impression here. The side has good strengths in its batting line-up and shall look to make the most out of it in this game. The Gladiators also have a squad of highly experienced players and we are all set to witness a close game of cricket here.
The side hasn’t done well in the past and new skipper Andre Russell would look to guide them to their first title win. They are up against a very strong side in their opening game of the tournament and Russell would want his players to deliver the goods. They have good strength in batting and shall look to make good use of it.
They have a strong opening pair in Tom Banton and Tom Kohler-Cadmore and the pair would be expected to deliver a good start. In the middle order, Najibullah Zardan, Andre Russell, and David Wiese add solidity to the batting. With Asif Khan and Wanindu Hasaranga in the lower middle-order, the side would be confident about its prospects with the bat in this game.
The side would expect tight spells with the new ball from Wahab Riaz and Wanindu Hasaranga as the Braves have good firepower at the top. Hamid Hasan and Izharulhaq Naveed would be tasked with bowling tight spells in the middle overs of the game. Russell, Anwar Ali, and Weise are experienced bowlers in the shorter format of the game and there would be lots of expectations on them.
Andre Russell (c), Tom Banton, Najibullah Zardan, Anwar Ali, Wahab Riaz, Hamid Hassan, Izharulhaq Naveed, David Wiese, Wanindu Hasaranga, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Asif Khan
David Wiese, Odean Smith, Rumman Raees, Sultan Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Tom Moores, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Tom Banton, Wanidu Hasaranga, Wahab Riaz, Andre Russell
Nicholas Pooran who had led Northern Warriors to the title win in the last edition would look to do the same with the new franchise debuting this season. Pooran would be very confident with the outfit he leads that has several all-rounders in it. However, Pooran would like to guard off against all complacency here and aim at the first points of the season.
The side would like to see a solid start from Mohammad Shahzad and Waseem Muhammad in this game as they would face a strong bowling attack. In the middle order Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, and Bhanuka Rajapaksa shall look to push up the scoring rate. The side has solid depth in the batting with big hitters like Yusuf Pathan, Ravi Bopara, and Samiullah Shenwari to follow.
On the bowling front, Munaf Patel and Fareed Ahmad Malik have to deliver early blows to put the side in a commanding situation in the game. Mark Deyal had done well last season and he would aim to repeat the same show with Pathan in the middle overs. Bopara Shenwari would be expected to play the role of the 5th bowler to perfection in this game.
Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Yusuf Pathan, Darren Bravo, Ravi Bopara, Samiullah Shenwari, Mark Deyal, Mohammad Shahzad, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Munaf Patel, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Waseem Muhammad
Dhananjaya Lakshan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, YK Pathan, Khalid Shah, Curtis Campher, Angelo Perera, Munaf Patel, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Shahzad, Dasun Shanaka, Samiullah Shinwari
It would be a warm evening in Abu Dhabi on November 20 and the skies are expected to be clear. We expect to see a flat wicket and the ball would come onto the bat nicely allowing batsmen to play their strokes easily. The side batting first would have to eye a total above 120 runs to win here.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium is a large ground and it has a flat surface where we have seen batsmen score runs easily in the past. Fast bowlers find the conditions difficult as there isn’t assistance for them from the surface. Spinners have done well as the ball tends to turn and stop on the batsmen.
More than two-thirds of the games last season were won by sides that chased the score. In this format of the game knowing the target works in favor of the batsmen. Hence, the side that wins the toss in this game shouldn’t have any hesitation in opting to bowl first.
It is the first game of the season for both sides and hence there would be nerves on both the camps. The Chennai Braves have a very strong batting line-up but there is a weakness as far as their bowling attack is concerned in absence of quality spinners. The Deccan Gladiators are a well-balanced unit with depth in batting as well as bowling and this would put them ahead of The Chennai Braves.
Deccan Gladiators to win
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