Our prediction is Brampton Wolves to win!
The match features the new boys of this years tournament Brampton Wolves taking on the Montreal Tigers who will be playing their second game of the tournament. Both teams will be looking to win this game and put points on the board early in the tournament to end up in the top four at the business end of the tournament. The two teams among them have some of the best all-rounders in the T20 from around the world. The Montreal Tigers boast of West Indian Sunil Narine, Sri lankan Thisara Perera in their allrounder ranks while the Brampton Wolves line up contains Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, Pakistani Shahid Afridi, and West Indian Darren Sammy.
The two teams have possibly the two best spin bowling attacks in the tournament with Sunil Narine, Fawad Ahmed, Shahid Afridi and Shakib Al Hasan looking to spin a web against the opposition batsmen. All in all, this promises to be an exciting contest with a lot of big hits and very good bowlers trying to bamboozle the batsmen with their craft.
The Montreal Tigers playing their second game will be looking forward to taking advantage of the fact that they have the experience of playing a prior game in these conditions. Sunil Narine, Kyle Coetzer, and George Bailey will be the key for the Tigers to set a competitive target and one of them has to go on and score a big one. Sunil Narine if he gets going, will take complete advantage of the powerplay fielding restrictions and score at a rapid-fire rate. Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, and Keemo Paul will provide useful quick runs lower down the order.
The bowling attack comprises of a mix of steady medium pacers who vary their pace and a couple of high-quality spinners. Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana and Keemo Paul will rely on their pace changes to restrict the opposition and pick up important wickets at the death. Fawad Alam who had a wonderful tournament last year and Sunil Narine will be the primary wicket-takers and will be expected to bowl the tough overs.
1) Sunil Narine, 2) Nizakat Khan, 3) Kyle Coetzer, 4) George Bailey, 5) Steven Taylor, 6) Matthew Cross ,7) Thisara Perera, 8) Isuru Udana/ Keemo Paul , 9) Dillon Heyliger, 10) Nikhil Dutta, 11) Fawad Ahmed
Sunil Narine, Mohammad Naveed, Matthew Cross, Nikhil Dutta, Dillon Heyliger, Fawad Ahmed, Bupinder Singh, Anton Devcich, Kyle Coetzer, George Bailey, Sean Abbott
The newcomers of this edition of the tournament, Brampton Wolves who will be replacing last year’s finalists West Indies B will look to start the tournament on a victorious note. They have a strong international contingent with openers Colin Munro and Lendl Simmons capable of winning games on their own. Lendl Simmons will be looking to replicate his last year’s performance where he was the highest run-getter of the tournament. Shakib Al Hasan who had a spectacular world cup campaign will look to carry on his batting form. They possess in their ranks a flurry of hard-hitting allrounders in Babar Hayat, Nitish Kumar, Shahid Afridi, and Darren Sammy.
The fast bowling responsibility will rest squarely on the capable shoulders of Wahab Riaz and supported by possibly Faisal Jamkhandi. The leg spin of Shahid Afridi and left-arm orthodox of Shakib Al Hasan will play an important role in picking up crucial wickets in the middle overs and squeeze the run rate. They will expect Darren Sammy and Babar Hayat to bowl a few economical overs in the middle of the innings.
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
The CAA Centre which is the venue for all the games in this tournament uses drop-in pitches. The pitches should, therefore, favor the faster bowlers initially before settling down into better batting wickets. That would mean there might be low scoring games in the initial part of the tournament.
Teams will look to win the toss and bowl first to take advantage of whatever help is present for the faster bowlers. The unknown nature of the new drop-in pitch and the new ground would mean that captains would prefer to watch how the pitch behaves in the first innings and then structure their response accordingly.
The game between two teams with big hitters and canny spinners expects to be a high-quality contest. The debutants Brampton Wolves with explosive openers, destructive all-rounders, world-class spinners and a ferocious pacer look like a complete team with all bases covered. However the well rounded and experienced Brampton Wolves start as favorites to win this match and make a successful debut to the competition.