Wounded Warriors keen to get on track against slippery Abu Dhabi!
Northern Warriors to win the game!
This will be a keenly contested game for many reasons. Firstly, the Warriors are returning after suffering an embarrassing loss to the Qalandars and the defending champions will be eager to bounce back in style. Their bowling didn't do too badly in the previous game but the batting was shocking, to say the least.
Team Abu Dhabi escaped with a tie in their opening fixture and they will consider it as a bonus. Abu Dhabi has the batting firepower to shock any team in the competition but the bowling needs to do better as a unit. Their batting strength makes them a potential chasing side but to win tournaments, Abu Dhabi needs to be flexible in their approach.
A large part of this contest will be decided by how the Warriors bowlers fare against Team Abu Dhabi's batting firepower. The defending champions have a monster player in Andre Russell but as we saw in the previous game when he scored just 1, even the big man can have an off day.
Warriors' defeat against the Qalandars was a shocker. It all started with the opening partnership which had no intent at all, especially George Munsey, who struggled badly. The Scotland dasher might find himself on the bench for this fixture. The rest of the batsmen didn't perform either but to be fair to them, Munsey's early struggle had virtually put the asking rate beyond repair. The Warriors will want to treat it as a one-off and will be raring to get back to winning ways.
S Billings(wk), A Tandon, A Russell, S Raza, D Sammy(c), A Gunaratne, C Green, R Emrit, N Pradeep, C Wood, A Hayat
Sam Billings, Mark Deyal, Ansh Tandon, RR Emrit, DJG Sammy, Christopher Green, Asela Gunaratne, Andre Russell, Nuwan Pradeep, Sikandar Raza, CP Wood
Abu Dhabi will be feeling quite pleased with the way their first game ended. They were in no position to win the game at one point and eventually, managed to get a tie. Abu Dhabi has plenty of firepower in their top five who are all capable of winning a game on their own.
In the opening game, Team Abu Dhabi did post a reasonable total on the board of 103 but with the kind of players they have, a bigger total should be targeted. Their bowling is vulnerable and will need insurance of extra runs on the board. Against formidable teams like the Warriors, the Abu Dhabi's batting line-up will have to take extra responsibility.
L Wright, N Dickwella (wk), M Ali (c), C Anderson, L Gregory, P Khadka, R Mustafa, M de Lange, B Laughlin, H Gurney, R Gleeson
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Niroshan Dickwella, Alex Davies, Lewis Gregory, Ben Laughlin, Luke Wright, Richard Gleeson, Moeen Ali, Marchant de Lange, Paras Khadka, Harry Gurney, Rohan Mustafa
The forecast for the evening is clear in Abu Dhabi with temperatures hovering around the mid-20s or thereabout. Humidity is expected to be average. The pitches are generally good for batting but the big ground dimensions, especially square of the wicket, should keep the bowlers interested as well.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium is one of the finest grounds in UAE and has been known for its quality infrastructure. Average score batting first on the second day of T10 League was 110.
The trend of chasing has caught up with in the T10 format as well but the events on Saturday, when two of the matches were won by teams batting first, will make the captains confused. Still preferable to chase, unless you have a world class bowling unit.