Man of the Match: Sunil Narine
The first match for both teams looks to be an intriguing contest with high-quality batting talent on display.
Our prediction is Winnipeg Hawks to win!
The game between Montreal Tigers and Winnipeg Hawks will see two teams battling it out to register their first points on the board. A plethora of T20 stars will be on display as Chris Lynn, Dwayne Bravo and the likes will face up against Sunil Narine and Thisara Perera. In what looks like a close contest the batting firepower of the Winnipeg Hawks should get them through against the Montreal Tigers.
The first match for both teams in the Global T20 Canada 2019 looks to be an intriguing contest with high-quality batting talent on display.
Last season Winnipeg Hawks missed out on an opportunity to qualify for the finals losing to the Vancouver Knights in Qualifier 2, Montreal Tigers just avoided being the wooden spoons on run rate. Both teams have in their ranks some exciting players and would be looking to better their performance from last year.
While the Tigers will be looking for their all-rounders Sunil Narine, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana and Keemo Paul to fire, the Hawks will look for handsome contributions from their explosive batting lineup consisting of Chris Lynn, Dwayne Smith, J P Duminy, and Umar Akmal. Dwayne Bravo and Fawad Ahmed will be looking to pick up crucial wickets for their respective teams.
The Montreal Tigers will be looking to improve their showing from the previous year when they finished second last tied on points with the Toronto Nationals. They should be looking forward to the tournament with optimism as they have in their ranks the experienced quartet of George Bailey, Sunil Narine, Fawad Ahmed and Thisara Perera. The four players have to take maximum responsibility to ensure the Montreal tigers have a better showing this year.
Sunil Narine at the top will be looking to provide explosive starts taking advantage of the field restrictions in the powerplay. A quick cameo from Narine will ensure the Tigers are always ahead of the run rate and take the pressure of the batsmen at the other end. Kyle Coetzer and George Bailey will be expected to provide runs and solidity to the middle order while Thisara Perera will add finishing touches to the innings. The bowling will revolve around Fawad Ahmed, the second-highest wicket taker in the tournament last year and Sunil Narine.
The spin twins will be supported by the variations of medium pacers Thisara Perera, Isuru Udhana and Keemo Paul. The trio with their variations will look to pick up important wickets in the middle overs and keep it tight at the back end.
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 Winnipeg Hawks last season, missed out on a chance to play the finals of the tournament losing Qualifier 2 to Vancouver Knights. While they will be missing their star performer Lendl Simmons from last season they have in Chris Lynn, Dwayne Smith, JP Duminy and Umar Akmal a top-order on their day can decimate any bowling attack.
Chris Lynn and Dwayne Smith is one of the most dangerous opening combinations in the tournament and will be looking to make full use of the fielding restrictions in the power play overs. JP Duminy, Umar Akmal, and Dwayne Bravo is a solid middle-order which should be able to get a decent total more often than not.
The bowling attack is a lot lighter in comparison and the majority of the heavy lifting would have to be done by the West Indies duo of Rayad Emrit and Dwayne Bravo. Bravo, the master of T20 bowling will look for his variations to provide breakthroughs in tough situations. The Dutch bowler Paul van Meekeren is an interesting choice and the part-time bowling of Dwayne Smith and JP Duminy will be called into action when needed.
1) Chris Lynn, 2) Dwayne Smith, 3) JP Duminy, 4) Umar Akmal, 5) Hamza Tariq, 6) Dwayne Bravo ,7) Sompal Kami, 8) Paul van Meekeren, 9) Umair Ghani, 10) Rayad Emrit, 11) Kaleem Sana-ur Rehman/Romesh Eranga
Jean-Paul Duminy, Dwayne Bravo, Sunny Sohal, Hamza Tariq, Kaleem Sana, Shaiman Anwar, Umar Akmal, Umair Ghani, Dwayne Smith, Paul Van Meekeren, RR Emrit
As for most T20 games, the pitch is expected to be a batting beauty with the possibility of some assistance to the new ball bowlers. There should be runs on offer with strong batting lineups for both teams. The weather is supposed to be pleasant with no chances of rain predicted.
The new venue for this edition’s T20, the CAA Centre in Brampton promises to be an exciting venue with huge crowds. Brampton has a lot of immigrant population and should see significant interest from the crowd. It will be interesting to see what the venue offers in terms of the pitch conditions.
Since it’s the first game of the tournament for both teams and a new venue, both captains would like to win the toss and chase. They would prefer to take a look at how the pitch behaves before it’s their turn to bat. Both teams will also look to make use of any help for the new ball bowlers at the beginning of the game.
Although both teams are pretty evenly matched in what expects to be a pretty even contest, the batting line up of Winnipeg Hawks tilts the game in their favour.
Montreal Tigers are a bit light in the batting department and the Hawks will look to put them under pressure and bowl them out to a measly total. It is going to be a close match at a new venue and our prediction is going to be that Winnipeg Hawks will win the game by a narrow margin on the back of their batting might.