Maratha Arabians take on a depleted Karnataka Tuskers!
Maratha Arabians to win the match!
This match is crucial to both teams as this marks their first game of the Super League. Maratha Arabians have looked dominant with the bat and with Chris Lynn coming back to form at the right time, they certainly look high on confidence at the moment. Their win against Team Abu Dhabi spoke volumes about their ability to dominate the proceedings.
Karnataka Tuskers, however, have a lot to address before the start of their game against the Arabians. They'll need to have a close look at their batting which hasn't looked in ease at all. The Tuskers need to be a bit more consistent with the ball as bowling is the key for them. They'll look to build partnerships; something that they haven't been able to do in this tournament.
The Karnataka Tuskers have got a big task in front of them. It will be interesting to see how they approach the rest of the tournament. One should remember that we are talking about a team that finished last in the group stages (Group B).
Their biggest worry has been their batting and they did manage to get a decent score (110) against the DEG in their last game. Their bowling, however, could not hold on to the score and DEG won the game easily (9 balls to spare). For Karnataka, it has been about bowling and batting clicking at different times.
They will need to address their stability issues. Marlon Samuels is still sitting on the bench and he has the ability to provide them with a late final charge and can bowl two tight overs. While their top 4 looks solid, it is the middle order which hasn't fired. One can expect Marlon Samuels to come in for Ross Whiteley.
Charles, Hashim Amla (C), Ross Whiteley/Marlon Samuels, Upul Tharanga, Shafiqullah (WK), Ahmed Raza, Ryan ten Doeschate, Shapoor Khan, Lamichhane, Patrick Brown, Rimmington
The Arabians recorded a thumping win against Team Abu Dhabi and are currently riding high on confidence. Batting has been the key for them as their line up consists of a bit too many power hitters which is basically the ask of the format.
Yuvraj Singh needs to come to the party soon enough if he wants to make a solid case for the rest of the tournament. He has looked good in patches but hasn't been able to convert his starts into big ones. Expect him to feature in this game. He is likely to come in for Adam Lyth. However, Lyth did get a start in the last game and at a decent rate, and it will be interesting to see if the Arabians do decide to drop him.
The bowling has looked solid and their main strength is their batting. McClenaghan was the MOM in the last game and he is expected to carry his good form into the 16th match of the T10 League 2019. The presence of Bravo and Shanaka provides much-needed depth and balance to the squad.
Hazratullah Zazai, Chris Lynn (C), A Lyth/Yuvraj Singh, Najibullah Zadran, Chadwick Walton, Dasun Shanaka, Dwayne Bravo, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Mccleneghan, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shiraz Ahmed.
The pitch isn't expected to change much while providing an ample amount of assistance to the spinners and the batsmen. Clear skies are expected for this clash with the temperatures hovering somewhere near the late 20s.
The Abu Zayed Stadium has been a belter for the batters and the same trend is expected to go on. The bounce is decent and spinners have found this wicket to their liking as well. It shows that there is some assistance for the slow bowlers but not much for the quicks. It should be known that in the 15 games played so far on this ground, 10 wins have come from chasing, 3 from defending and 2 ties have been witnessed.
Chase first. It doesn't get simpler than that. Chasing is what these teams prefer and rightly so, as the majority of the wins have come while chasing. However, Maratha Arabians could use their batting might to their advantage and put the Karnataka Tuskers under the pump right away.
One should expect the Maratha Arabians securing an easy win against an unsettled Karnataka Tuskers side. Their batting might trumps the bowling strength of the Tuskers. Moreover, the Arabians are high on confidence, as compared to the Tuskers. Expect the Arabians to go all the way.
Maratha Arabians to win the match!