Swift Gallopers aim to register a hat-trick of triumphs!
We are backing Swift Gallopers to win!
The ongoing edition of Qatar T10 League has edge passed the halfway mark with Swift Gallopers taking on the Pearl Gladiators in the 10th match of the season.
Led by Kamran Akmal, the former would be coming into the contest on the back of a mind-boggling victory over Heat Stormers wherein they outwitted the rivals by a margin of 66-runs. With them possessing quite a few shorter format specialists, it shouldn't be a surprise if they succeed in thwarting the winning chances of Sohaib Maqsood's men in the upcoming duel.
On the other hand, Pearl Gladiators are placed at the fifth spot with a loss and a no result in the two matches completed so far and would be anxious to taste their first success of the season.
Faisal Javed (27) was the top-scorer for the Pearl Gladiators in the opening encounter and would carry the onus of putting the bulk of runs on board alongside fellow opener Sheikh Raheel who was run-out on a duck.
The likes of Saqnain Arshad and Adnan Ilyas got a few boundaries during their stay in the middle and would look to exhibit a similar show in the coming encounter.
Bowling department would be banking on spinner Mohammed Nadeem for rendering economic figures versus Karman Akmal & Co.
Sohaib Maqsood (c), Uzair Amir, Sheikh Raheel (wk), Philip Joseph, Nafees Shahzad, Khurram Shahzad, Mohammed Nadeem, Faisal Javed, Saqlain Arshad, Adnan Ilyas, Mehran Khan
Mohammed Nadeem, Faisal Javed Khan, Shaikh Raheel, Saqlain Arshad, Malinda Pushpakumara, Adnan Ilyas, Mehran Khan, BAW Mendis, Philip Joseph, Sohaib Maqsood, Mohammad Sami
Batting wise all eyes would be Imran Ali, who whacked a 17-ball 53 in the lately finished outing against Heat Stormers shouldn't be forgotten. Openers Zaheer Ibrahim and Kamran Akmal and have been in sensational form this season. While the former has amassed 69 runs in 3 outings at an average and strike rate of 23.00 and 176.92 respectively, the latter has aggregated 78 runs at average and strike rates of 26.00 and 185.71 respectively, and is at the third spot in the leading run-getters list. The trio would form the core of Gallopers' batting in the coming duel.
Bowling looks on the spot for the Swift Gallopers with Mughees Bajwa among the leading wicket-takers of the concurrent T10 tournament with 4 scalpings in 3 innings at an average of 8.75, an economy of 7.00 and best figure in an innings being 2/6. Imran Ali shouldn't be forgotten for the pacer grabbed figures of 2/8 in the recent outing, and along with veteran Umar Gul in the armory who as well enjoyed economical figures of 1/9, one could expect the opposition to be bundled out for petty totals.
Kamran Akmal (c), Mohammad Imran, Imran Ali, Umar Gul, Mughees Bajwa, Sufyan Mehmood, Zainudheen, Sadiq NM, Ravinderal Singh, Jahanzeb Ashad (wk), Zaheer Ibrahim
Sufyan Mehmood, Sadiq NM, Ravinderpal Singh, Zain Uddin, Imran Ali, Mohammad Imran, Jahanzeb Naveed, Zaheer Ibrahim, Mughees Bajwa, Kamran Akmal, U Gul
Clouds are going to hover around the stadium with the temperature hovering in low 20s. Bowlers might get some assistance early on but it is the batsmen who will dominate in the end.
With T10 being a format wherein the batters have enjoyed chasing mammoth totals, and the present set of pitch and weather conditions, it is more likely for the team batting second to surface victorious in the end.
The toss winning captain must consider to bowl first on this wicket. Five out of nine matches played so far have been won by the team batting second, making it a feasible decision to face the ball in the latter stages of the contest.
Swift Gallopers are cleary the mightier side on paper and with them recording a thumping victory in the recent encounter, one would expect the tourists to put on a scintillating display at West End Cricket Stadium. The quartet of Zaheer Ibrahim, Imran Ali, Kamran Ali and Mughees Bajwa have been in top form so far and would be looking to put up match-winning exhibitions in the coming game against Pearl Gladiators.
We are backing Swift Gallopers to win!