Desert Riders looking to satisfy themselves with the 3rd-spot in Qatar T10 League 2019!
We are backing Desert Riders to win!
With the first and second semi-finals being abandoned due to rains, Desert Riders who were supposed to take on Falcon Hunters will now be locking horns with Flying Oryx in the 3rd place playoff which would be played on December 16 at West End Cricket Stadium.
In case the match commences, the Riders would be reliant on their batting ability considering they are in hold of some of the finest white-ball cricketers in the armory who could go berserk from the very delivery. On the other hand, the Hunters who boast of having a competent bowling attack in Chaturanga Silva, Bilawal Iqbal, and Naveed Maik, would look to restrict the opposition to a cheap total.
Muhammad Tanveer has been one of the prime contributors for Riders in Qatar T10 League 2019 with 106 runs in 4 innings at an average and strike rate of 106.00 and 168.25 respectively. Alongside him, the performance of skipper Mohammad Hafeez would be of utmost concern of their side as he has been enjoying a decent form this season with 80 runs in 4 outings at a strike rate of 162.36.
Adnan Mirza who scored an unbeaten 25-ball 51 in the recently finished game against Heat Stormers would be expected to go berserk from the very delivery, along with Kithuruwan Vithanage who whacked an 18-ball 42 comprising 2-fours and 4-sixes in the previous contest. Bowling wise, the pace duo of Sohail Tanvir along with Awais Maik would be banked upon in grappling big wickets in the upcoming feud.
Mohammad Hafeez (c), Muhammad Ikram, Awais Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Mirza Baig, Ajay Lalcheta, Imal Liyanage (wk), Kithuruwan Vithanage, Ramith Rambukwella, Muhammad Tanveer, Adnan Mirza
Skipper Hussain Talat’s all-round prowess will be put to test in the 3rd-place playoff. Batting wise, the team hasn’t clicked in spite of possessing aggressive talents like Assad Borham and Sami Islam opening the innings for the Oryx and its about time they perform to the expectations.
Shahid Yousuf and Saad Nasim have been the few positives in the middle-order who have been contributing at regular intervals. Among the bowlers, all eyes would on Sri Lankan spinner Chaturanga de Silva who bagged figures of 2-0-16-3 in the recent outing against Gallopers. Pacers Naveed Malik (1/25) and Bilawal Iqbal (2/14) garnered impressionable figures and could be vouched to put up decent exhibitions in the knockouts.
Hussain Talat (c), Daniyal Bukhari, Abdul Rashid, Naveed Malik, Bilawal Iqbal, Harmandeep Singh, Chaturanga de Silva, Saad Nasim, Shahid Yousuf, Assad Borham (wk), Sami Islam.
As per the reports, there will be heavy showers prior to the commencement of the game which could hamper the gameplay. Also, there will be intermittent rains that could stop the normal flow of the 3rd place playoff.
In case the match continues, it would be advisable to face the ball in the second innings as the dampness of the wicket in the first half might make the batters bit uncomfortable.
The toss winning captain must consider bowling on this occasion. With the rains coming into play, it would be much easier for the bowlers in the first half as they would look to capitalize on the damp conditions, while the batters might get something to bat on in the second innings.
Although one could expect a neck to neck battle, Desert Riders might have a slight edge over the Flying Oryx based on their superior batting department which could get the job done in the 3rd-place playoff. With skipper Mohammad Hafeez leading from the front and the trio of Muhammad Tanveer, Adnan Mirza and Kithuruwan Vithanage enjoying a terrific form of late, there's a strong possibility for the Riders to script a victory in the coming contest.
We are backing Desert Riders to win!