Our Prediction is Vancouver Knights to win!
The Vancouver Knights come into the game full of confidence with their batsmen firing and their bowlers getting their radar right. They would still expect Chris Gayle who’s pulled out of the India tour of West Indies T20 part and Andre Russel to win them a match on their own. Apart from them Rassie van der Dussen and Chadwick Walton have gone about doing their job quietly which they did multiple times last year. Ali Khan, one of the finds of last year’s tournament continues to impress and he now has South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo to compliment him.
The Montreal Tiger will look to get over the ten-wicket drubbing at the hands of Brampton Wolves in their previous game. The batting caved into the bowling of Ish Sodhi and they were not able to make any dent to the Wolves batting when it was their turn. They will be looking for senior players Sunil Narine, George Bailey, Sean Abbot, and Fawad Ahmed to take them through in this game against the defending champions.
Everything that could go wrong went wrong for the Montreal Tigers against the Brampton Wolves in their previous match. The batting unit which is heavily dependent on Sunil Narine’s performances crumbled to the wrist spin of Ish Sodhi. The bowling attack didn’t have much chance defending paltry total but they looked listless as they suffered a drubbing at the hands of Brampton Wolves.
The Tigers will be looking for Sunil Narine to do his magic at the top of the order against the defending champions. If he comes off things become a lot easier for the middle order who have looked vulnerable. The Scott Kyle Coetzer and Kiwi Anton Devcich would be looking to provide support to Narine and George Bailey will be looking forward to playing a captain’s knock. There might be some changes made to strengthen their batting lineup. The bowling has looked relatively decent with Mohammad Naveed and Sean Abbot showing promise in their first game and Fawad Ahmed and Nikhil Dutta handling the spin bowling duties. They would look to erase the horrors of the previous game from their mind and give their very best against the defending champions to pull off an upset.
1) Sunil Narine, 2) Kyle Coetzer, 3) Anton Devcich, 4) George Bailey, 5) Bhupinder Singh, 6) Matthew Cross ,7) Sean Abbott, 8) Mohammad Naveed Isuru Udana/ Keemo Paul , 9) Dillon Heyliger, 10) Nikhil Dutta, 11) Fawad Ahmed
Ruvindu Gunasekera, Matthew Cross, Dillon Heyliger, Nikhil Dutta, Mohammad Naveed, George Bailey, Kyle Coetzer, Anton Devcich, Sean Abbott, Sunil Narine, Dinesh Chandimal
The Vancouver Knights look a complete team with in-form players, destructive all-rounders and match winners throughout the lineup. They will be expecting Chris Gayle to fire, the big Jamaican who’s declared his availability to the Knights for the entire tournament. And if he fires, the small boundaries are not a match and we would need new balls regularly with older ones launched out of the Brampton stadium. Andre Russel is also in a similar mould and will be itching to have his first opportunity to break free. Tobias Visee, Chadwick Walton and Rassie van der Dussen complete the formidable batting line up which can destroy most opposition bowling attacks.
Ali Khan who was impressive in last year’s tournament will look to continue his bowling consistency in this year’s tournament. Andile Phehlukwayo will be keen to show how much he has improved as a cricketer over the past year. Micheal Rippon and Saad Bin Zafar will be steady and provide important overs in the middle of the innings. Chris Gayle might roll his arm over for a couple of overs to take the pressure of the regular bowlers' requirement to bowl the full quota.
|R van der Dussen||39||20||3||2||195|
|S Bin Zafar||4.0||0||44||1||11|
|S Bin Zafar||4.0||0||44||1||11|
Saad Bin Zafar, Chadwick Walton, Rassie van der Dussen, Michael Rippon, Shoaib Malik, Rizwan Cheema, JJ Smit, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tobias Visee, Chris Gayle, Ali Khan
The drop-in pitches seem to have settled down after the initial hiccups and are proving to be great batting surfaces. The spinners are starting to get a little assistance but that should not worry the batsmen too much as they look forward to another batting beauty with high scores. It looks to be another sunny and hot day with little chance of rain, and we should have a complete match without any interruptions.
The CAA ground has proven to be a better venue already than last year’s edition with the stadium closer to the city and so better crowds. The weekend games had very good crowds and will look forward to continuing the same. The small ground dimensions would mean huge totals and humongous sixes making it an attractive proposition for the viewing public.
Batting second seems to be the safe option in this tournament. With assistance to the fast bowlers for a very brief period early on and the difficulty in restricting the opposition’s batting, chasing has become the default go to option for the captains winning the toss. The short boundaries mean the batsmen are confident to chase down any kind of total before them.
The Montreal Tigers despite winning their first match have problems all over their batting line up. The heavy dependence on Sunil Narine is a huge issue and they’ll be looking for others to contribute and take the burden of his shoulders. The Vancouver Knights, on the other hand, look completely at ease in their quest to defending their crown. Based on the overall strength and presence of multiple match-winners, the Vancouver Knights are the favorites to win this game.