Pune Devils’ herculean challenge against Northern Warriors
Northern Warriors to win
Northern Warriors would be confident as they take on the Pune Devils in the 21st game of the T10 League, 2021. Warriors have looked in great form since losing their first game and come here after a good win against the Deccan Gladiators. Pune Devils are in a sorry state at the moment and nothing seems to be working for them. They went down against Delhi Bulls in the last game.
Pune Devils come into this game with their confidence shattered. It was a poor show from their batsmen who didn’t even manage to score 6 runs an over. Most of their batsmen haven’t been able to match up to the pace of this format. It remains to be seen if they are able to win this game by a big margin and keep their hopes alive.
Nicholas Pooran would be happy with the way his side is playing at the moment. They come here with a 3 run win against the Deccan Gladiators in what was a pure entertainer. With four back to back wins they are in a positive frame of mind. They have already qualified for the playoffs and Pooran would want his players to win this game and keep the momentum going.
Lendl Simmons and Waseem Muhammad have been in sublime for and they would be looking to do the big hitting opening the batting. The middle order has players in form with Pooran and Rovman Powell scoring runs. With Brandon King and Fabian Allen to follow the side packs punch in its batting.
Wahab Riaz has bowled economically and he would look to strike early in company of Junaid Siddique with the new ball. Wayne Parnell and Fabian Allen did a good job in the last game. Rayad Emrit and Dhananjaya Lakshan have been expensive and the side would be expecting a better show from them.
Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Lendl Simmons, Brandon King, Rovman Powell, Fabian Allen, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Rayad Emrit, Waseem Muhammad, Wayne Parnell, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Siddique
Waseem Muhammad, Brandon King, Wayne Parnell, Nicholas Pooran, RR Emrit, Rovman Powell, Waheed Ahmed, LMP Simmons, Junaid Siddique, Fabian Allen, Wahab Riaz
It was a disappointing game for Nasir Hossain’s side against the Delhi Bulls where they went down by 8 wickets, their fourth consecutive win of the tournament. The side could manage only 57 runs batting first. Their chances of qualification into the next round looks slim and they will need to win this game by a huge margin to keep their hopes alive.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Kennar Lewis will have to provide the side with an electrifying start here. Chadwick Walton has been a big disappointment and needs to score runs in the middle. Alex Davies has to make good contributions down the order alongside Devon Thomas and Nasir Hossain.
Mohammad Amir has stood out with the ball so far in the tournament but has found little support at the other end. Munis Ansari will have to do well with the new ball. Karan KC too has struggled and the side would be expecting a good show from him along with Ahmed Raza and Monir Hossain.
Nasir Hossain (c), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Kennar Lewis, Chadwick Walton (wk), Alex Davies, Devon Thomas, Karan KC, Monir Hossain, Mohammad Amir, Munis Ansari, Ahmed Raza
Chadwick Walton, Alex Davies, Monir Hossain, Sam Wisniewski, Nasir Hossain, Munis Ansari, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Karan KC, Kennar Lewis, Devon Thomas, Vriitya Aravind
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||18||0 mm.||3.09 k/h||From: N||36%|
|03h||19||0 mm.||3.18 k/h||From: NNE||22%|
|06h||20||0 mm.||1.63 k/h||From: NNE||12%|
|09h||21||0 mm.||3.35 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|12h||21||0 mm.||4.52 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|15h||21||0 mm.||4.55 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|18h||20||0 mm.||3.43 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|21h||20||0 mm.||2.84 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
The skies would be clear and the conditions great for a T10 game at Abu Dhabi on February 03. Given what we have seen from batsmen so far we expect this game to be a run feast. The side that would bat first here must score in excess of 130 runs to feel safe on this wicket.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi has deep boundaries and it is lighting quick where batsmen have enjoyed batting on this surface and scoring runs. The conditions here are tough for the fast bowlers but we have seen spinners enjoy bowling on this surface as there is turn on offer for them.
In the 18 games that have been played so far in the tournament the side chasing the score has won on 14 occasions. The conditions here are great for chasing scores once the side has a target score in mind. The side winning the toss in this game should have little hesitation in bowling first.
It will be a game between two sides with contrasting forms. Pune Devils are suffering from a confidence issue having lost their last four games. Their batting line-up looks in horrible form at the moment. Northern Warriors on the other hand have done exceedingly well in the last few games and this shall make them favorites to win here.
Northern Warriors to win