Queensland’s march to a berth in finals
Queensland to win
The Australia Domestic One-Day Cup 2021 has entered the most interesting phase as the points table is being decided at the moment. In this context the 10th match between Queensland and Victoria would be an important one for both the sides. Queensland has won all their games and a win here would take them close to a berth in the final while Victoria needs to win this one to stay alive in the tournament.
Victoria has lost both its games so far and their batting line-up has looked completely out of form. They threw away a great chance in the last game with a sudden batting collapse leading to their loss. The side would need to play with a fresh mind in this game. Queensland’s form at the moment would surely boost their confidence and the side would be aiming for its third consecutive win.
Usman Khawaja would be a happy man as his side has won both the games so far and stands a good chance of making it to the final. They registered a convincing 93-run win in the last game against Western Australia and this would make them confident. Khawaja would want his side to ride this momentum and a win in this game which would put them at the top of the points table.
Usman Khawaja needs to fire as he has missed out in both the games so far and along with Sam Heazlett shall look to put up a good opening wicket stand. They are lucky to have a very strong middle order that has the likes of Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Burns and Matthew Renshaw. Jimmy Peirson and Jack Wildermuth played match winning knocks in the last game and strengthen the batting for the side.
Their bowling attack looks in great form at the moment with Michael Neser and Jack Wildermuth shining with the new ball and the side would expect them to strike early in this game. Mark Steketee, Matthew Kuhnemann and Billy Stanlake also bowled extremely tight spells in the last game and they would be carrying that confidence forward.
Usman Khawaja (c), Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Burns, Matt Renshaw, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Jack Wildermuth, Michael Neser, Mark Steketee, Matthew Kuhnemann, Billy Stanlake
Peter Handscomb’s side is in deep trouble at the moment and has lost both the games it has played. They lost by 6 wickets in the last game against Tasmania in what was another poor show with the bat. The side will have to win this game to keep its chances alive for a berth in the finals and Handscomb would hope for better show with the bat from his key players.
Nic Maddinson and Sam Harper will need to stitch a good opening stand. Harper looked good in the last game. Handscomb was brilliant in the last game but he would need support from Jake Fraser-McGurk and Matthew Short in the middle order. They suffered a batting collapse in the last game and have to avoid that here. Xavier Crone and Mackenzie Harvey will have to come up with contributions down the order.
The side would be expecting a good start with the new ball from Matthew Short and Xavier Crone in this game. Zak Evans and Brody Couch had done well in the last game in the middle overs and they would need to repeat that success for the side to win this game. The likes of Todd Murphy and Wil Parker would be expected to keep the scoring rate under check in this game.
Peter Handscomb (c), Nic Maddinson, Sam Harper (wk), Matthew Short, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Mackenzie Harvey, Xavier Crone, Wil Parker, Zak Evans, Todd Murphy, Brody Couch
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||25||0.25 mm.||3.01 k/h||From: E||95%|
|03h||26||0 mm.||4.25 k/h||From: E||95%|
|06h||26||0.85 mm.||4.53 k/h||From: E||98%|
|09h||25||0.29 mm.||3.73 k/h||From: E||93%|
|12h||24||0.84 mm.||3.29 k/h||From: E||94%|
|15h||23||2.19 mm.||2.53 k/h||From: E||99%|
|18h||23||2.14 mm.||2.6 k/h||From: E||93%|
|21h||23||1.84 mm.||2.57 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
Weatherman predicts heavy rains at Brisbane on March 20 and the game might have to curtailed short due to the weather. The ball would do a lot on the surface and batsmen would need to be watchful with their stroke play. The side that bats first would be happy to cross the 270 run mark in these conditions.
Allan Border Field, Brisbane is a small ground with shorter boundaries around the square and this offers plenty of scoring opportunities for the batsmen. Fast bowlers do get good support from the surface in the early overs of the game. The ball takes turn here but the small size makes it a challenging one for the spinners.
The conditions would be helpful for the fast bowlers early on in the morning and both the sides would like to exploit this. In this tournament we have seen most sides prefer to put the opposition into bat upon winning the toss and we expect both the captains to follow this and opt for bowling first.
Victoria finds itself in a tight spot at the moment. They have lost both their games and need to win this one by a big margin. Their batting line-up has looked in poor form and would have to deliver here for them to win the game. Queensland on the other hand has looked good so far and their batsmen are scoring runs and playing at home they would start favorites in this game.
Queensland to win