Delhi Bulls challenge to end Qalandars’ dream run
Qalandars to win
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The Qalandars are in top form at the moment and have already earned their place in the playoff stage of the T10 League, 2021. Though they faced their toughest challenge of the tournament in the last game they come here with a win against the Bangla Tigers. Delhi Bulls have made a strong comeback to the season and they registered a massive win against the Pune Devils in their last game.
Winning five games in a row in this format of the game isn’t easy and this just goes to show the kind of talent the Qalandars have at the moment. They would look to carry this form forward into the next game. Delhi Bulls too would be high on spirits after big wins in back to back games and this would surely make this a contest to watch out.
Sohail Akhtar would be pleased with the way his side has played in the tournament. Though they were pushed by the Bangla Tigers in the last game, they managed to win it by 7 runs and earn their place in the playoffs. Akhtar would like to use this last league game to build momentum as they go into the business end of the season.
They have a batting line-up that is delivering the goods with openers Tom Banton and Sharjeel Khan looking in excellent form. Akhtar and Ben Dunk have played well in the last two games and strength the batting. With good hitters in the form of Samit Patel, Shahid Afridi and Chris Jordan to follow batting looks great for the side.
Sultan Ahmed and Sohail Tanvir have done well with the new ball and the same would be expected from them here. Chris Jordan and Danyal Ahmed impressed in the last game and this would add to the side’s confidence. With Mohammad Zahid, Patel and Afridi in the side they have a decent bowling attack going into this game.
Sohail Akhtar (c), Tom Banton, Sharjeel Khan, Ben Dunk (wk), Samit Patel, Shahid Afridi, Chris Jordan, Sultan Ahmed, Sohail Tanvir, Danyal Ahmed, Mohammad Zahid
Chris Jordan, Danial Asif Ahmed, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Zahid, Sohail Akhtar, Ali Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Sultan Ahmed, Tom Banton, Samit Patel, Ben Dunk
Dwayne Bravo would be happy win the efforts of his side so far in the season. They have won four out of five games they have played and come into this game after a massive 8-wicket win against the Pune Devils in the last game. They have the potential to beat the Qalandars and Bravo would be expecting a good show from his players here.
Openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Evin Lewis have done well and they will have to continue with the same form here. Ravi Bopara has scored runs and along with Mohammad Nabi and Sherfane Rutherford makes this middle order formidable. In Tom Abell and Bravo they have good firepower down the order and the side would need a good show from them.
Fidel Edwards and Bravo bowled exceedingly well in the last game and would like to carry on with the same form here. Amad Butt would look to start off with the new ball here. Ali Khan and Shiraz Ahmed were good in the last game and they would have a big challenge against the batting line-up that Qalandars have at the moment.
Dwayne Bravo (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Evin Lewis, Sherfane Rutherford, Mohammad Nabi, Tom Abell, Ravi Bopara, Shiraz Ahmed, Ali Khan, Amad Butt, Fidel Edwards
Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis, Nyeem Young, Tom Abell, Fidel Edwards, Waqas Maqsood, RS Bopara, Shiraz Ahmed, Sherfane Rutherford, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
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It will be a warm day at Abu Dhabi on February 04 with odd clouds in the sky. The pitch has become faster and the ball is coming on to the bat nicely allowing the batsmen to play their strokes freely. The side batting first would need 135 or more to feel safe here.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi has a large outfield but it is also one of the quickest in the world and boundary scoring is easy here. The conditions here are tough for the fast bowlers but in this tournament we have seen spinners do relatively better and surprise the batsmen.
In the 21 games that have been played so far in the season the side batting first has managed to win only 5 games. Chasing a score on this surface has been easy when the sides know the asking rate. Hence, the side that wins the toss here would in all likelihood opt to bowl first.
It is going to be a big game considering the form the two sides are in at the moment. The Delhi Bulls come into this game with two massive wins and their batting line-up looks in great shape for now. Qalandars on the other hand would be in positive frame of mind having won all their games so far and have good strength in their batting as well as bowling and this would give them the edge in this contest.
Qalandars to win