Man of the Match: SMSK Afridi
Two of the best all-round lineups face in the 6th GT20 Game!
Our Prediction is Brampton Wolves to win!
The second game for both teams promises to be an enthralling contest between two line ups that have riches in the all-round department. The Edmonton Royals have in their ranks all-rounders such as James Neesham, Ben Cutting and Shadab Khan while the Brampton Wolves cupboard has the all-round skills of Shakib Al Hasan, Shahid Afridi, and Darren Sammy. Both teams have quality batsmen in Kane Williamson, Faf du Plessis, Lendl Simmons and Colin Munro which promises a high scoring contest with plenty of balls getting lost outside the stadium.
There is also the much-anticipated leg-spin clash between Shahid Afridi and his successor in the Pakistani team Shadab Khan and both will be looking to outdo each other. The match also will be an opportunity to display the batting skills of players from associate nations like Hong Kong’s Anshuman Rath and Babar Hayat, Scotland’s Richie Berrington and Canada’s Nitish Kumar.
The Edmonton Royals playing their second game of the tournament will look to go into the contest hoping their big guns to provide the necessary runs on the board. They have in their ranks, Kane Williamson and Faf du Plessis, two great batsmen in the world across all formats. Anshuman Rath and Richie Barrington have made names for themselves playing against the associate nations and would look to join the party on this small ground. The all-rounders James Neesham and Ben Cutting will be expected to provide the perfect finishing touches to the innings with both capable of scoring at a rapid rate and clearing most boundaries comfortably.
The bowling attack is mainly spearheaded in the pace department by Ben Cutting and James Neesham supported by the American Kyle Phillip. James Neesham who had an excellent world cup campaign will be looking to continue his exploits with the ball providing important wickets and experience to the squad. The exciting Shadab Khan from Pakistan will be looking to spin a web around the batsmen with his wily leg-spin and the occasional googlies.
1) Kane Williamson 2) Anshuman Rath 3) Faf du Plessis 4) Richie Berrington 5) James Neesham 6) Ben Cutting 7) Shadab Khan 8) Shahid Ahmadzai 9) Kyle Phillip 10) Mohammad Nawaz 11) Akash Gill
|F du Plessis||28||18||1||3||155.56|
|K Fitzroy Phill||4.0||0||45||1||11.25|
|K Fitzroy Phill||4.0||0||45||1||11.25|
Ben Cutting, Anshuman Rath, Faf du Plessis, Kyle Fitzroy Phill, Navneet Dhaliwal, Mohammad Hafeez, Akash Gill, Safyaan Sharif, James Neesham, Shadab Khan, Richie Berrington
The Brampton Wolves have possibly the most dangerous batting line up in the tournament with left and right-hand combination of Colin Munro and Lendl Simmons, the highest run-getter in last year’s tournament should provide explosive starts taking advantage of the power play fielding restrictions. Shakib Al Hasan coming off an extraordinary world cup campaign, the enterprising duo of Babar Hayat and Nitish Kumar followed by the dangerous Shahid Afridi and Darren Sammy in the middle order promise a humongous total.
The bowling attack will rely mostly on the rapid pace of Wahab Riaz who bowled a couple of rapid and thrilling spells at the World cup. Shahid Afridi and Shakib Al Hasan will take over the middle over bowling responsibilities and will try to get through the overs quickly with a majority of fast sliders. The three of them will be complemented by the number of all-rounders and part-time bowlers in the squad who will roll their arms for a couple of overs.
1) Colin Munro 2) Lendl Simmons 3) Shakib Al Hasan 4) Babar Hayat 5) Nitish Kumar 6) Shahid Afridi 7) Daren Sammy 8) Wahab Riaz 9) Zahoor Khan 10) Timil Patel 11) Faisal Jamkhandi
Rohan Mustafa, Nitish Kumar, Colin Munro, Zahoor Khan, Cecil Pervez, Ish Sodhi, SMSK Afridi, George Munsey, LMP Simmons, Newab Singh, Wahab Riaz
As the tournament has progressed, the drop-in pitches have set in and have become better for batting with the ball coming well on to the bat. The better pitches and a small ground would mean high scoring games to entertain the weekend crowd. There seems to be overnight rain predicted and there might be small rain interruption during the game but should not affect it too much.
The CAA Centre, Brampton has been an excellent venue so far in the tournament and will be looking forward to another entertaining weekend game with near-capacity crowds. The improving pitch and the small ground will ensure tall scores and batsmen making merry.
Teams winning the toss would be looking to chase with a target in mind. The outfield and short boundaries would mean it will be very hard to defend a total. Also, the faster bowlers would look to take advantage of any help from the pitch in the initial few overs.
In a match between two evenly matched teams, the team that shows up on the day and plays sensible cricket will have an advantage. The Brampton Wolves should have a slight edge over the Edmonton Royals because of their experience but very little separates them. We would expect a tightly matched contest with a high scoring game with Brampton Wolves edging the match at the end over the Edmonton Royals.
Back Brampton Wolves for the win!