Team Abu Dhabi’s battle to overcome Warriors’ challenge
Northern Warriors to win
It will be a clash of two teams with great strengths in their batting as Team Abu Dhabi go up against the Northern Warriors in the 14th game of the T10 League, 2021. Team Abu Dhabi comes here with an impressive win against the Pune Devils in their last game. The Warriors have looked in rampaging form and won the last game against the Bangla Tigers by a big margin.
The game is expected to be an interesting one with the kind of batting strength the two sides have. Team Abu Dhabi displayed positive intent in the last game after back to back losses and look in good frame of mind at the moment. Northern Warriors have one of the strongest batting line-ups and this will make the game very interesting.
Luke Wright would be relieved to have registered their first victory of the season. They won convincingly against the Pune Devils in the last game. Wright would want a better show from his batting line-up as they haven’t really lived up to their reputation and the Northern Warriors are likely to give them a tough contest here.
Chris Gayle has failed so far and the side would be expecting a strong show from him this game opening the batting with Paul Stirling. In the middle order as well Ben Duckett, Joe Clarke and Wright need to show more consistency which has been missing. Down the order Najibullah Zardan and Jamie Overton add good strength to this line-up.
Usman Shinwari and Rohan Mustafa leaked runs in the last game and they will be expected to do well here. Obed McCoy bowled a match defining spell and the same would be expected from him here. Stirling, Tom Helm and Overton shall have to focus on bowling tighter lines in this game for the side to overcome the challenge they are likely to face.
Luke Wright (c), Chris Gayle, Paul Stirling, Ben Duckett (wk), Joe Clarke, Najibullah Zadran, Rohan Mustafa, Jamie Overton, Obed McCoy, Usman Shinwari, Tom Helm
Obed McCoy, Rohan Mustafa, Usman Khan, Luke Wright, Jamie Overton, Naveen-ul-Haq, Chris Gayle, Paul Stirling, Ben Duckett, Joe Clarke, Najibullah Zadran
Nicholas Pooran would be pleased with the performance of his side in the last game where they won by a massive 30 runs after putting up 162 runs on the board. Back to back wins have restored the confidence in the team and Pooran would be looking for a similar show from his team as they take on Team Abu Dhabi that also looks in great form.
Lendl Simmons and Waseem Muhammad looked in good form in the last game and the side would expect a similar show from them here. Pooran played a blinder and along with Fabian Allen and Rovman Powell makes this middle order look very strong. The presence of Brandon King and Rayad Emrit adds further strength to the side.
Wahab Riaz bowled brilliantly in the last game and he would look to bowl tight lines along with Junaid Siddique who went for runs in the last game. Wayne Parnell did play his part well too. The side would however be looking for a better show from Allen and Emrit in this game.
Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Brandon King, Lendl Simmons, Rovman Powell, Rayad Emrit, Fabian Allen, Wayne Parnell, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Wahab Riaz, Waseem Muhammad, Junaid Siddique
Waseem Muhammad, Brandon King, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Wayne Parnell, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, RR Emrit, LMP Simmons, Junaid Siddique, Fabian Allen, Wahab Riaz
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The skies would be clear and the conditions would be perfect for a game of cricket at Abu Dhabi on February 1. The track has been slower than its normal character and batsmen need to mix aggression with caution here. The side that bats first in this game would need to have a target score of 130 runs or more in mind.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi is a batting friendly ground with fast outfield though the boundaries are at a distance. It is tough for the fast bowlers with little support for them. Spinners do well since the ball turns sharply and lead to false strokes from the batsmen.
We have seen a trend of sorts in this tournament where the sides bowling first have gone on to win the games. The pitch here is a good one to chase when teams have a target score in mind. Hence, we expect the side winning the toss here to bowl first.
Team Abu Dhabi did well in the last game to register their first victory of the season but the side still looks in some trouble with some of their big names faring poorly with the bat. On the other hand the Northern Warriors are looking in rampaging form at the moment and this would put them ahead of Team Abu Dhabi in this game.
Northern Warriors to win