Gladiators’ tough battle against rampaging Qalandars
Qalandars to win
It is the 11th game of the T10 League, 2021 and the Qalandars would be taking on the Deccan Gladiators. The Qalandars have registered massive wins in both their games and come here after a brilliant win against Team Abu Dhabi. The Deccan Gladiators as well come here after a confident victory against the same opponent and shall be looking to continue with the same momentum.
The Qalandars have looked in a league of their own in both the games. Their batting line-up has destroyed bowling attacks in both the games so far and shall be looking to carry forward the same form. The Gladiators have a bunch of extremely talented players and it will be interesting to see if they are able to defeat their formidable opponents in this game.
Sohail Akhtar would be very confident with the kind of form his side has shown in the last two games. It was another solid display by their batsmen in the last game where they won by 9 wickets. Their victories would have instilled fear in the Gladiators camp and Akhtar would want his side to take advantage of that here.
Tom Banton and Sharjeel Khan have done well in both the games and they would look to provide an impressive start here as well. Akhtar too has looked good. Though rest of their batting hasn’t been exposed yet they do have very good players to follow in Asif Ali, Ben Dunk and Shahid Afridi and these players would look to contribute in the final overs of the innings.
Sultan Ahmed and Danyal Ahmed will have to carry on with the form we have seen from them in the two games. Afridi also looked in great form in the last game with the ball. With Sultan Ahmed, Chris Jordan and Patel in the attack they have good mix of youth and experience.
Sohail Akhtar (c), Tom Banton, Sharjeel Khan, Asif Ali, Ben Dunk (wk), Samit Patel, Shahid Afridi, Chris Jordan, Sohail Tanvir, Sultan Ahmed, Danyal Ahmed
Chris Jordan, Danial Asif Ahmed, Sharjeel Khan, Sohail Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Sultan Ahmed, SMSK Afridi, Asif Ali, Tom Banton, Azmatullah Omarzai, Ben Dunk
It was a good win for Kieron Pollard’s side in the last game against Team Abu Dhabi and the skipper would be proud of the way their bowlers bowled to set up an 8-wicket win for the side. However, they face a formidable opponent here and the skipper would want his players to stand up to the challenge in this game.
Openers Mohammad Shahzad and Cameron Delport did well in the last game and they would be expected to lay a strong platform here. Pollard also played well and along with Prashant Gupta and Azam Khan adds solidity to this line-up. With Sunil Narine and Imtiaz Ahmed to follow they have plenty of batting in store.
Imtiaz Ahmed and Aaron Summers bowled tight lines in the last game and the same would be expected from them here. Ravi Rampaul too did well with the new ball and add punch to this bowling attack. With the experience of Narine and Imran Tahir the side has its bases covered with the ball.
Kieron Pollard (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Sunil Narine, Cameron Delport, Prashant Gupta, Azam Khan, Imtiaz Ahmed, Aaron Summers, Zahoor Khan, Ravi Rampaul, Imran Tahir
Kieron Pollard, Anwar Ali, Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine, Cameron Delport, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Zahoor Khan, Azam Khan, M Shahzad, Imtiaz Ahmed, Imran Tahir
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||20||0 mm.||5.76 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|03h||20||0 mm.||5.68 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|06h||21||0 mm.||6.28 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|09h||21||0 mm.||5.76 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|12h||21||0 mm.||6.76 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|15h||20||0 mm.||6.74 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|18h||19||0 mm.||6.11 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|21h||19||0 mm.||6.23 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
There would be clear skies over Abu Dhabi on January 31 and we expect another cracker of a contest. The pitch has looked slow and batsmen will need adjust their eyes to the wicket. The side that bats first in this game would need to target a score of around 130 runs to be able to defend it successfully.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi it a large ground but the outfield here is very quick and batsmen are able to score quick runs on this surface. Fast bowlers have struggled here since there is little for them on this surface. There is turn on offer for the spinners and they do well in this ground.
In the nine games that we have seen so far in the tournament the side chasing the score has won on eight occasions. Setting up a score at this venue is a challenge due to the slowness of the surface. Hence, the skipper winning the toss should have no hesitation in bowling first.
Deccan Gladiators are coming here with a win and this would be adding to their confidence. They have a good batting line-up and their bowlers too did recover in the last game to do well. Qalandars on the other hand definitely looked the best side so far with their batsmen and bowlers in good for. While this is expected to be a tough contest we expect the Qalandars to win here.
Qalandars to win