Man of the Match: Heinrich Klaasen
Montreal Tigers square off against Toronto Nationals in a must win game for both teams
Our prediction is Toronto Nationals to win!
Five matches for each team, a lot of team changes and it is finally reckoning time for the Montreal Tigers and Toronto Nationals as they face each other with their tournament life at stake. The matches getting abandoned on Tuesday means that both teams still have a chance of making it to the last four stages of the championship. The Toronto Nationals will be confident going into this game as they come with a victory over Montreal Tigers in the last game between the two teams.
The Toronto Nationals are the form team going into this contest but will be hoping for a fit Yuvraj Singh who’s started to look like the Yuvraj Singh of the old. The likes of Henrich Klassen, Sandeep Lamichhane and Moises Henriques will be looking to step up on the big day and play a defining role for the team.
The Montreal Tigers who’ve looked poor without the services of Sunil Narine will be hoping their batting lineup get back to form and experienced internationals like Dinesh Chandimal, George Bailey and Thisara Perera to come to the party.
The Montreal Tigers have had a mixed tournament with two wins, two losses and a lucky no result and will be looking for a win against the Toronto Nationals to qualify for the next stage of the tournament. The batting has been disappointing throughout the tournament and don’t have any batsmen in the top 10 highest run getters and do not have any team total of over 200 in this tournament.
The Tigers will be looking up to their big players Kyle Coetzer, Dinesh Chandimal and George Bailey for putting up a competitive score on the board. Thisara Perera is a big addition and along with Scott Kuggeleijn will look for some quick runs at the back end of the innings and bowl some crucial overs.
The bowling attack has been fairly decent with Fawad Ahmed leading the line along with decent support from the likes of Dillon Heyliger and Nikhil Dutta. The experienced international allrounder duo of Thisara Perera and Scott Kuggeleijn will be bowling the crucial overs at the death and will look to control the Nationals batting with their variations. The bowlers will be hoping for an improved performance from their batters and a decent score which they can defend successfully.
Kyle Coetzer, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Dinesh Chandimal, George Bailey (c), Thisara Perera, Scott Kuggeleijn, Matthew Cross (wk), Alasdair Evans, Nikhil Dutta, Dillon Heyliger, Fawad Ahmed
Ruvindu Gunasekera, Matthew Cross, Dillon Heyliger, Alasdair Evans, Nikhil Dutta, George Bailey, Kyle Coetzer, Scott Kuggeleijn, Fawad Ahmed, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera
The Toronto Nationals also have won only two games in the tournament so far but they will be riding high after the comprehensive last win over the same team. The Nationals will be sweating over the fitness of Yuvraj Singh who went out retired hurt against the Tigers in the last game and will be hoping they can have him back on the field. The Nationals will be happy as to how their batting line up has come into their own as the tournament has progressed with Rodrigo Thomas, Chirag Suri, Yuvraj Singh, Brendon McCullum, and Heinrich Klassen all chipping in with important runs at different times and will be looking forward to doing the same. Moises Henriques who has replaced Kieron Pollard is a big game player who will be looking to stamp his authority on the contest.
The Nationals bowling line up has been fairly moderate over the tournament with their most impressive performance coming up in their last game against the Tigers and they will be looking to replicate the performance. The addition of Sandeep Lamichhane and Mitchell McClenaghan in the latter half of the tournament has added some bite to the bowling. Moises Henriques and Yuvraj Singh will be expected to bowl some crucial overs at different point of the innings and hopefully pick up a few wickets.
Rodrigo Thomas, Chirag Suri, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh(c)/Brendon McCullum, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Ravinderpal Singh, Chris Green, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jeremy Gordon, Salman Nazar, Sandeep Lamichhane
Manpreet Gony, Mitchell McClenaghan, Heinrich Klaasen, Chirag Suri, Christopher Green, Jeremy Gordon, Rodrigo Thomas, Ravinderpal Singh, Moises Henriques, Sandeep Lamichhane, Salman Nazar
The pitches have been largely batting-friendly however the last few games have had something for the bowlers and it has resulted in low scoring games. The heavy rains on Tuesday which caused both games to be abandoned and the resulting pitch being under the covers might just mean the bowlers will fancy themselves on this wicket and it might just end up being close low scoring contests. The weather for Wednesday is expected to be a lot better and there should not be any interruptions due to rain.
The team winning the toss will be looking to bowl first looking at the results in this tournament so far. Teams batting second have won 11 of the 14 completed games so far and there is nothing to indicate that the pattern will change anytime soon. Also, the heavy rains on Tuesday would mean the pitch might be a bit sticky and the ball might not come on to the bat early on in the first innings which is even more reason for the captain winning the toss to bowl first.
The heavy rains which led to the abandonment of the games on Tuesday have given both teams a chance to fight for a place in the playoffs and turning this game into a must-win game. The Tigers batting has been consistently poor in the tournament and will look for a much improved performance from their experienced campaigners. The Nationals have looked better as the tournament has progressed and will be confident their consistent batting line up will do the job for them in this important match.
The more solid batting lineup of the Nationals and the previous result between the two teams make the Toronto Nationals the favorites for this game.