A Virtual Semi-final in Vanuatu T10 blast
MT Bulls win the match!
Vanuatu T10 Blast has come to its business end of the tournament with just two games (one league match and finals) remaining on the last day of the tournament. Mighty Efate Panthers have qualified for the finals and will be eagerly watching this match between MT Bulls and Ifira Sharks. Both these teams are currently placed with an equal number of points and this match will be a virtual semi-final with the winner going on to play Mighty Efate Panthers later in the day. We can expect a cracking contest between these two teams with a place in finals at stake.
Ifira Sharks batting unit failed to chase down 73 runs in the last match and they have just one 70+ score in the five matches they have played. Nalin Nipiko has been the lone warrior for the team with the bat scoring 143 runs in 5 matches. No other player has a combined run tally of over 30 runs in the 5 matches.
Vince Vira and Obed Yoseph bowled superbly picking a wicket each with two run-outs to strangle the opposition for just 72 runs. Nalin Nipiko and Apolinarine Stephen bowled economical spells with combined figures of 4-0-20-0 in the last match. Niko Unavulu is expected to come back in the playing XI in this match.
Nalin Nipiko– Nalin Nipiko has scores of 4, 75, 25, 33, & 3 in the five matches respectively. No other player has crossed the 22 runs so far in this season and he has scored almost 50% of his team`s total runs.
Vince Vira – Vira has 3 wickets to his name in this series so far but is having an impressive economy rate of just 7 RPO. His match figures read 1/12, 0/16, 1/5, 1/14, 0/12 in the five matches respectively.
Nalin Nipiko, Bethan Moli, Jamal Vira, William Yamak, Alex Stephan, Stepjahane Sandy, Niko Unavulu, Nalin Nipiko, Apolinarine Stephen, Vince Vira, Obed Yoseph
MT Bulls chased down 95 runs in their last match against Mighty Panthers to win by 9 wickets. Openers Andrew Mansale (43 runs) and Philip Tsione (37* runs) shared an 84-run partnership to bat the opposition out of the contest. Clement Tommy smashed 16 runs off just 3 balls to finish the chase in a grand fashion.
Their bowlers bowled well as a unit with all six bowlers claiming wickets in the match. Andrew Mansale and Godfrey Mangau lead the bowling attack with identical figures of 2-0-18-2. Their bowling unit restricted the opposition to a score below 100 for the first time in this series during the last match.
Andrew Mansale– Andrew Mansale yet again led the team with his all-round performance scoring 43 runs and picking 2 wickets with the ball. He has scored 169 runs and taken 9 wickets this season so far.
Philip Tsione – Tsione was promoted to open the batting last match and provided rich dividends scoring 37 runs off 19 balls with 2 boundaries and 4 sixes. He has three 20+ scores in the five matches he batted so far.
Andrew Mansale, Clement Tommy, Marcel Taea, Nono Chila, Patrick Matautaava, Rival Samson, Williamsing Nalisa, Godfrey Manga, Darren Wotu, Eddie Mansale, Philip Tsione
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||27||0.94 mm.||8.69 k/h||From: ESE||87%|
|03h||27||0 mm.||7.16 k/h||From: ESE||95%|
|06h||27||0 mm.||7.29 k/h||From: ESE||98%|
|09h||26||0 mm.||6.93 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|12h||26||0 mm.||7.76 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|15h||26||0 mm.||5.59 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|18h||26||0.25 mm.||6.67 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|21h||26||0 mm.||7.93 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
Vanuatu is expected to have a bit cloudy and dark weather with 30-40% chances of rain on the match day. But, we expect the rains to be passing showers and have very little impact on the matches.
Vanuatu Cricket Ground pitch is a very good track and has true bounce and carry for the faster bowlers while the batsmen will enjoy the ball coming onto the bat. We can expect scores in the range of 90-100 runs in this match easily.
Batting first and chasing has an equal 4-4 win-loss ratio so far in the league. But batting first will be a huge advantage in the do-or-die matches where the pressure of chasing can make you lose out in crunch situations.
MT Bulls have a psychological advantage over Ifira Sharks with two wins in this season. But they depend heavily on Nalin Nipiko and their batting order is very inconsistent with the bat. Their bowling has been their stronger suit this year so far. MT Bulls have chased down 100 runs twice this season and they will high on confidence after their morale-boosting win the last match. We expect MT Bulls to win this match.
MT Bulls win the match!