Do-or-die game for Prague Barbarians Vandals against Prague Spartans Vanguards
Prague Spartans Vanguards to win
It is the big day in the Championship Weekend at the Czech Republic T10 Super Series that will decide the title winners. In the first game of the day the Prague Spartans Vanguards would be up against the Prague Barbarians Vandals. The Vanguards are coming into this game with two straight wins and this puts them in the driver’s seat. The Vandals have lost both their games and look in dire straits at the moment.
The Vanguards would be very confident after the kind of batting show their players have put up so far in the tournament. They will be looking to carry the same form into this game. It will be interesting to see if the Vandals come up with a new approach in the next game as they still have some hope of playing in the finals.
Neeraj Tyagi’s side was exceptionally brilliant on Day 1 of the Championship Week. They won both their games. They started the day 5 run win against the Bohemian CC and then defeated the Brno Rangers by 7 runs. In both the games their batsmen stood out. Tyagi would be pressing for a win in this game and earn their direct entry into the final.
The side would be confident about its batting as openers Kranthi Venkataswamy and Satyajit Sengupta scored in the last two games. They will look to carry on with the same form in the next game. Prasanna Ganesan, Vysakh Jagannivasan and Parth Bhalodiya with their hitting abilities shall look to up the scoring rate towards the end of the innings. The side also has good depth in its batting adding to their advantage.
Bowling is the area where the side would be looking for improvement as in both the games they gave away lots of runs. Ashokkumar Reddy Somireddy and Santhosh Bemmireddy will need to start the proceedings well in the game. Tyagi had done well earlier in the tournament and shall look to do well along with Karthik Ekambaram and Sengupta.
Neeraj Tyagi (c), Satyajit Sengupta, Prasanna Ganesan, Karthik Ekambaram, Santhosh Bemmireddy, Ghanshyam Kumar (wk), Farooq Shaik, Parth Bhalodiya, Vysakh Jagannivasan, Ashokkumar Reddy Somireddy, Kranthi Venkataswamy
Pradeep Gangappa’s side suffered two defeats in the Championship weekend and this makes it tough for the side. They lost by 2 wickets against the Bohemian CC in the first game and then against the Brno Rangers by 7 wickets. Both these games went to the last ball and hence Gangappa would consider his side unlucky. They will need to play with positive intent to do well in this game.
The side will expect a good start from Honey Gori and Sabawoon Davizi. Their failure in the two games cost the side the game. Divyendra Singh looks in good form with the bat and along with Gangappad and Uday Gali will need to do the scoring in the middle overs. Down the order Jahanur Hoque and Andrew Sim will need to free their arms and score quickly.
Gori and Sabawoon Davizi bowled well in the two games but the rest of the attack was miserable with the ball. They failed to hold on to their nerves in the final moments of the game which led to their losses. The likes of Divyendra Singh, Uday Gali and Sagar Madhireddy will have to bowl tight spells in the next game.
Pradeep Gangappa (c), Sabawoon Davizi, Divyendra Singh, Jafar Stooman, Honey Gori, Jahanur Hoque, Sagar Madhireddy, Pradeep Balakrishnan, Andrew Sim, Uday Gali, Birendra Kumar
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||11||0 mm.||1.16 k/h||From: WNW||24%|
|03h||11||0 mm.||1.21 k/h||From: W||7%|
|06h||14||0 mm.||1.58 k/h||From: NW||2%|
|09h||18||0 mm.||2.27 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|12h||20||0.20 mm.||3.07 k/h||From: NNW||5%|
|15h||20||0.19 mm.||2.63 k/h||From: N||36%|
|18h||18||0 mm.||2.29 k/h||From: N||25%|
|21h||14||0 mm.||1.48 k/h||From: NNE||2%|
The skies would be by and large clear over Prague on July 12 though there would be the odd clouds. The pitch looked an absolute beauty to bat on in the last four games with the ball coming onto the bat nicely. There is little room for error as far as the bowlers are concerned and the side that bats first shall be targeting a score of 100 runs.
The small size of the Vinor Cricket Ground makes it ideal for batsmen to play their big strokes. The thick grass cover doesn’t allow too many boundaries to be scored here. Fast bowlers do enjoy assistance from the surface with the new ball but it has been a very tough wicket for the spinners to bowl on.
The pitch has looked good for batting in the four games that have been played in this Championship Weekend. In the last 12 games the sides that have batted first have won 10 games. Hence the captain winning the toss would have little hesitation in batting first on this wicket.
It will be a game between two sides that have had contrasting fortunes in the Championship Weekend. The Prague Barbarians Vandals would be under extreme pressure having lost both their games but they showed their abilities in the two games and would be looking to draw positives from that game. The Prague Spartans Vanguards won both the games without hurting their reputation. They have some of the most experienced players in Czech cricket on their side and this will put them ahead of the Vandals in the next game.
Prague Spartans Vanguards to win