Swift Gallopers aim to seal the maiden Qatar T10 League title!
Swift Gallopers to win the Final!
With the knockouts being washed out due to heavy rain outpour, two of the stronger sides in the Qatar T10 League 2019 namely Falcon Hunters and Swift Gallopers would now be battling it out for one last time in an attempt to grab hold of the much-coveted title.
For the hosts Swift Gallopers, it would be the case of a combined effort from every member concerned which has been the secret behind their mind-boggling exhibitions this season.
Falcon Hunters, on the other hand, have been dependent on their bowling attack and would be hoping to full throttle in the final T10 duel.
Openers Kamran Akmal (110 runs in 5 innings )and Zaheer Ibrahim (111 runs in 5 innings) have been the leading run-getters for Swift Gallopers in Qatar T10 2019 and would be heavily relied upon to put a decent start to their side in the ultimate showdown.
Ali Imran, who bats at No 3, has been in top form as well with 81 runs in 3 innings at an average of 40.50 and strike rate of 253.12 and would be hoping to get those big-runs on board. In the middle-order, Ravinderpal Singh was in a great nick in the last game wherein he scored a match-winning 18-ball 34 and would be hoping to exhibit a similar exhibition in the final.
Bowling wise, the trio of Ali Imran (1/16), Mughees Bajwa (2/10), and Zainudheen (2/12) rendered terrific performances in their last league match against Flying Oryx and with spinner, Mohammad Imran who scalped 3/16 in the last outing could form a concrete bowling attack versus the opposition.
Kamran Akmal (c and wk), Umar Gul, Mughees Bajwa, Jahanzeb Ashad, Zainudheen, Sufyan Mehmood, Sadiq NM, Mohammad Imran, Ravinderpal Singh, Ali Imran, Zaheer Ibrahim.
Sufyan Mehmood, Sadiq NM, Ravinderpal Singh, Zain Uddin, Imran Ali, Mohammad Imran, Jahanzeb Naveed, Syed Tameem, Zaheer Ibrahim, Mughees Bajwa, Kamran Akmal
Mohammad Rizlan would be one of the go-to men for Hunters as he currently topping the batting charts in Qatar T10 2019 with 131 runs in 4 innings at an average and strike rate of 43.66 and 233.92 respectively. Veteran cricketer Salman Butt has been in supreme form as well with 119 runs in 5 outings while maintaining an average of 59.50 and strike rate being 141.66 and along with fellow opener, Hashim Amla would shoulder the responsibility of scoring bulk of runs in the first few overs.
Kamran Khan, another top-order batsman, was in a good nick in the previous game against Pearl Gladiators wherein he bashed 18-ball 29 with four and three sixes and would be hoping to render a thumping display in the coming feud.
Bowling wise, the pacers Waqas Maqsood (1/16), Amad Butt (2/14), and Iqbal Hussain (2/10) had memorable innings against Gladiators and could be backed to grapple a wicket or two each in the final showdown.
Iqbal Hussain (c), Murad Khan, Waqas Maqsood, Saad Bin Zafar, Tamoor Sajjad, Amad Butt, Khalid Bhasheer, Mohammed Rizlan (wk), Kamran Khan, Salman Butt, Hashim Amla
Saad Bin Zafar, Salman Butt, Iqbal Hussain, Amad Butt, Murad Khan, Kamran Khan, Khalid Bhasheer, W Maqsood, Mohammed Rizlan, Tamoor Sajjad, Hashim Amla
As per the reports, there will be cloud cover in the first half of the contest with the temperature gliding between 23-24 degrees Celsius. With the majority of T10 matches being won by the team batting second, it would be advisable for the toss winning team to face the ball in the second innings and chase the total without breaking a sweat.
The last few matches played at this venue have witnessed the average 1st innings total being 105. With the batters looking to go berserk from the very moment, one could expect high-scoring totals being put in the final.
The toss winning captain must consider bowling on this occasion. The bowlers could pose a threat in the first half as they would look to capitalize on the overcast conditions, while the batters might get something to bat on in the second innings.
Swift Gallopers have just the perfect setup in terms of batting and bowling unit which could get them the triumph and the much-coveted T10 title in tonight's high-octane encounter.
Although Falcon Hunters could give the Gallopers a tough time in the middle, considering they have Amad Butt, Salman Butt, and Mohammad Rizlan in decent form this season, eventually they would falter when competing versus Kamran Akmal-led Swift Gallopers who possess the likes of Mughees Bajwa, Ali Imran, and Mohammad Imran to counter the rivals' batting lineup.
All in all, a victory for the Swift Gallopers looks likely on cards!
Swift Gallopers to win the Final!