Team Abu Dhabi’s challenge to win the first game of the season
Team Abu Dhabi to win
Team Abu Dhabi would be facing an uphill task as they take on the Pune Devils in the 10th game of the T10 League, 2021. Team Abu Dhabi have lost both their games so far and come into this contest with a massive loss against the Qalandars. The Devils too lost against the same opponent in the previous game after making a good start to the season.
Team Abu Dhabi will expect a better show from their batsmen who have failed in both the games so far. Their star-studded batting line-up will need to fire in this game for the side to get their first points of the season. For the Pune Devils too this game would be important after their bowling attack was torn apart in the last game.
Luke Wright would want his batsmen to fire in this game. They have one of the strongest batting line-ups but in both the games they have bitten dust. There hasn’t been much for the bowlers to defend. In this must-win game Wright would want his batsmen to assume more responsibility.
Chris Gayle has failed in both the games and needs to score runs in company of Paul Stirling. In the middle order they have good strength with players like Ben Duckett, Joe Clarke and Wright in the side. Down the order Najibullah Zardan and Jamie Overton need to play a strong hand for the side to win this game.
Usman Shinwari and Rohan Mustafa leaked runs in the early overs and the team would need them to bowl tighter spells. Naveen-ul-Haq did well and he will have to play an important role in this game. Jamie Overton and Obed McCoy were expensive in the last game and they will need to restrict the flow of runs here.
Luke Wright (c), Chris Gayle, Paul Stirling, Ben Duckett (wk), Joe Clarke, Najibullah Zadran, Rohan Mustafa, Jamie Overton, Obed McCoy, Usman Shinwari, Naveen-ul-Haq
Obed McCoy, Rohan Mustafa, Usman Khan, Luke Wright, Jamie Overton, Ben Duckett, Chris Gayle, Paul Stirling, Joe Clarke, Najibullah Zadran, Tom Helm
Nasir Hossain’s side suffered a crashing defeat in the last game against the Qalandars. They batted first and put up a small total on the board and their bowling attack was taken to cleaners losing the game by 9 wickets. Hossain would know that Team Abu Dhabi would be under pressure after two losses and look to exploit this.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Kennar Lewis have done well but they will need to improve their scoring rate. The same is true for Darwish Rasooli as he has been slow compared to the pace this format demands. Chadwick Walton and Hossain add good strength to the batting and the side would need them to do the big hitting towards the end of the game.
Their bowlers failed to execute the plan in the last game. Mohammad Amir and Hossain will have to bowl tighter spells with the new ball. The side would also want Karan KC, Munis Ansari and Hardus Viljoen need to pitch the ball in the right areas which they failed to do in the last game.
Nasir Hossain (c), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Kennar Lewis, Chadwick Walton (wk), Darwish Rasooli, Asif Khan, Karan KC, Hardus Viljoen, Mohammad Amir, Munis Ansari, Sam Wisniewski
Chadwick Walton, Alex Davies, Mohammad Amir, Ahmed Raza, Nasir Hossain, Munis Ansari, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Hardus Viljoen, Karan KC, Kennar Lewis, Devon Thomas
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It will be clear skies over Abu Dhabi on January 31 and we should see another exciting game here. The track slightly on the slower side and batsmen need to adjust to the pace here. Spinners are doing well as we have seen so far. The side batting first must have a target score of 130 runs to defend it successfully.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi has large boundaries but the outfield is lightning fast here and offers lots of boundary scoring opportunities for the batsmen. 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.
In the nine games that have been played so far in this tournament the side batting first has lost on eight occasions. Given the slowness of the surface setting up a total here is a big challenge for any side. Hence, we believe the side that wins the toss is likely to bowl first in this game.
Pune Devils come here with their confidence shattered after the scale of loss in the last game. They will need to regroup to win here. Team Abu Dhabi has suffered two consecutive losses. One more loss here would dent their changes going into the Super League Stage. They have a stronger batting line-up and this will make them favorites here.
Team Abu Dhabi to win