Man of the Match: Mohammad Hafeez
Flying Oryx would aim to fly past the victory mark!
We are backing Flying Oryx to win!
After comfortable wins in the opening bouts of the inaugural Qatar T10 season, both Flying Oryx and Desert Riders would be beaming with confidence as they take on each other in the 4th match of the ongoing tournament.
While Flying Oryx would be reliant on Naveed Malik and Hussain Talat for ensuring their side's triumph, their rivals Desert Riders would be banking on the performances of skipper Mohammad Hafeez, Muhammad Tanveer and pacer Sohail Tanvir for getting the much-needed victory in the upcoming duel.
The hosts had put up a cracker of a show in the recent outing and would look to simulate a similar exhibition versus Hussain Talat & Co.
Skipper Mohammad Hafeez (2/13) had a terrific outing with the ball and although he couldn't do much with the bat, he could be expected to aggregate match-winning numbers in the coming game. Adnan Mirza (23) and Muhammad Tanveer (49*) put a great batting display as they played at strike rates of 176.92 and 233.33 respectively during their stay in the middle.
Sohail Tanvir, the experienced T20 crusader, bagged economical figures of 2-0-16-2 and would be itching to ditto his performance in the immediate contest. Leggie Ajay Lalcheta (0/19) and pacer Awais Malik (0/14) put up a decent show in the first match and would look to better themselves versus Hussain Talat-led lineup.
Mohammad Hafeez (c), Mirza Baig, Muhammad Tanveer, Adnan Mirza, Imal Liyanage (wk), Himanshu Rathod, Muhammad Ikram, Awais Malik, Sohil Tanvir, Ajay Lalcheta, Mujeeb Khan
Muhammad Tanveer, Mujeeb Khan, S Tanvir, Muhammad Ikram, Himanshu Rathod, Imal Liyanange, Adnan Mirza, Sibtul Hasnain Baig Mirza, Mohammad Hafeez, Awais Malik, Ajay Lalcheta
Flying Oryx had registered a 9-wicket triumph over Pearl Gladiators and is likely to go full-throttle in the coming event.
Skipper Hussain Talat (0/14 and 59*) was the stand-out performer and along with wicket-keeper batsman Asaad Borham would shoulder the responsibility of scoring the bulk of runs for Flying Oryx in the coming duel. Nouman Sarwar and Asif Raja didn't get an opportunity in the previous contest to showcase their batting prowess but in case they get to do so in the coming game, one could vouch for the duo to lay impressive stats on board.
Both Harmandeep Singh (1/11) and Bilawal Iqbal (0/4) had a night worth remembering versus Pearl Gladiators and would look to strangle few more dismissals in the forthcoming duel.
Hussain Talat (c), Naveed Malik, Imran Ashraf, Musawar Shah, Bilawal Iqbal, Nouman Sarwar, Assad Borham (wk), Valeed Veetil, Asif Raja, Harmandeep Singh, Jassim Khan
Deepu, Musawir Khan, Daniyal Bukhari, Naved Malik, Bilawal Iqbal, Assad Borham, Hussain Talat, Harmandeep Singh, Akash, Valeed Veetil, Aziz Rashid
It is going to be mostly cloudy weather with the temperature around 24 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels will be as high as 83 percent, making the job all the more difficult for the bowlers as the game progresses further. The pitch at Doha hasn't been a high-scoring one with the average first innings score being 88 in the ongoing T10 duels. Taking into account the present set of conditions and the potency of the competing players, one shouldn't be surprised if any scoreline close to 100 is getting chased down without much duress.
Although a batting track, the wicket didn't offer too much of an assistance to the batters in the initial few matches. However, with the players coming to know about the pitch conditions and the big-hitting potency prevalent in the T10 format, one could expect a high-scoring contest at West End Park Stadium.
The toss winning captain must consider bowling first on these conditions. The first two matches of the ongoing T10 season witnessed the teams batting second winning the contest by decent margins and thus a similar fate could be anticipated of the team that bats in the latter stages of the contest.
Although it will be a neck and neck battle, one could still expect the Flying Oryx to surface meritorious in the coming encounter. The trio of Bilawal Iqbal, Naveed Malik, and skipper Hussain Talat would be the vital cogs for the tourists in the much-talked-about game versus Mohammad Hafeez & Co.
We are backing Flying Oryx to win!