Falcon Hunters would look to snatch the victory versus Heat Stormers!
We are backing Falcon Hunters to win!
Two of the strongest sides in the Qatar T10 League would be locking horns with each other on the second day of the inaugural tournament. Both the teams have just the perfect candidates on board who could get their sides onto the roads of galore without putting rigorous efforts.
The Falcon Hunters are equipped with big-hitters like Johnson Charles and Hashim Amla along with Qatari cricketers namely Mohammad Rizlan and Kamran Khan in the ranks. For the Stormers, all eyes would be on their Afghani skipper Mohammad Shahzad as the opener could win games for their side from impossible situations.
Apart from him, there is the duo of Sikandar Raza and Chandrapaul Hemraj who add a considerable amount of strength to their lineup. All in all, one should be ready to witness a nerve-wracking duel amidst the conditions of Doha.
Johnson Charles and Hashim Amla would be shouldering the responsibility of scoring the bulk of runs for Falcon Hunters in the coming encounter. The duo enjoyed a decent show with the bat in the Abu Dhabi T10 League. While the former aggregated 131 runs in 5 innings at an average and strike rate of 26.20 and 195.52 respectively, the latter wasn’t far behind as he amassed 105 runs in 5 innings at an average and strike rate of 35.00 and 145.88 respectively.
Former Pakistan batsman Salman Butt would be of great assistance to the Falcon Hunters has he been a part of 80 T20s wherein he has piled 2300 runs at an average of 35.4 with 16 half-centuries to his name. Not to forget Somerset cricketer Tom Abell, who scored a century in his lately finished T20 innings while maintaining a strike rate of 148.75.
Hashim Amla (c), Fayyaz Butt, Iqbal Hussain, Saad Zafar, Aqib Ilyas, Mohammed Rizlan, Salman Butt, Kamran Khan, Amad Butt, Tom Abell, Johnson Charles (wk)
Mohammad Shahzad had shone with the bat in the opportunities he received in the Abu Dhabi T10 league and would aim to emulate his stellar run in the inaugural Qatar T10 edition. Chandrapaul Hemraj put up impressionable performances in CPL 2019 wherein he played a total of 12 innings and amassed 299 runs with 2 fifties while striking at a rate of 121.05.
The opener amassed 169 runs in 9 innings at a strike rate of 213.93 including a high score of 57. Sikandar Raza shouldn’t be left out as the Zimbabwean cricketer holds a truckload of T20 experience with 1951 runs in 96 outings with 12 fifties to his name. Thus, one could expect the Stormers to render a tough fight to Hashim Amla’s men.
Mohammad Shahzad (c and wk), Owais Ahmed, Gayan Munaweera, Mohammad Irfan jr, Manpreet Gony, Mohammad Shahid, Dharmang Patel, Scott Edwards, Fazal Zazai, Sikandar Raza, Chandrapaul Hemra
It is going to be clear weather at Doha offering excellent cricketing conditions for the participating units. Taking into account the current set of batsmen possessed by both the teams and the weather & pitch condition, one could expect a belter of a contest being put to witness at Doha stadium.
Scores as high as 160 have been put by the teams batting first in the T20 contests played at this venue and thus, one should watch out for a high-scoring total in the T10 format as well.
The toss winning captain must consider to bowl first on this occasion. T10 matches held late at night usually witness the teams batting second winning the feud by decent margins. Also, with the dew factor coming into the play, the batters would find it easier to steer through the boundaries in the second half of the play.
Although it will be a neck and neck battle, one could expect the Falcon Hunters to eventually triumph over Heat Stormers owing to the presence of international cricketers in their lineup whose experience could come handy in the T10 tournament. The quartet of Hashim Amla, Salman Butt, Amad Butt, and Johnson Charles is likely to dominate Mohammad Shahzad-led side by slight margins.
We are backing Falcon Hunters to win!