Team Abu Dhabi’s fight for first points against formidable Qalandars
Qalandars to win
Team Abu Dhabi has lot to play for as they take on the Qalandars in the 8th game of T10 League, 2021. They went down against the Deccan Gladiators in the last game and the low total would have hurt their confidence. As for the Qalandars they are coming here after a dominating victory against the Pune Devils where their bowlers as well as batsmen impressed everyone.
For Team Abu Dhabi this will be a very important game as they have had the habit of playing poorly in the last three editions. They are up against an opponent that has raised the bar with their performance in the last game. It remains to be seen if Team Abu Dhabi is able to surprise the Qalandars in this game.
Luke Wright would be pretty upset with the show from his batsmen in the last game as they could only manage 95 runs batting first going down by 6 wickets against the Deccan Gladiators. They are now up against a side that comes here after a massive win and need to put up a good show in this game.
Chris Gayle and Wright will have to offer them with a quick-fire start in this game being the best batsmen in the side. Ben Duckett and Paul Stirling would need to make their contributions after their failure in the last game. Joe Clarke and Najibullah Zardan must come up with their contributions towards the end of the innings.
Usman Shinwari and Naveen-ul-Haq must get early breakthroughs given the kind of strength the Qalandars have in their batting. Rohan Mustafa impressed with the ball in the last game and shall look to come up with similar efforts. Obed McCoy and Jamie Overton would have to keep their line tight for the side to win here.
Luke Wright (c), Chris Gayle, Ben Duckett (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Paul Stirling, Joe Clarke, Rohan Mustafa, Jamie Overton, Obed McCoy, Usman Shinwari, Naveen-ul-Haq
Obed McCoy, Rohan Mustafa, Usman Khan, Luke Wright, Naveen-ul-Haq, Jamie Overton, Ben Duckett, Chris Gayle, Paul Stirling, Joe Clarke, Najibullah Zadran
Sohail Akhtar would be a pleased man after the kind of show his side put up in the last game against the Pune Devils. They kept the opposition to a small total and were clinical in their chase to win the game by 9 wickets. Akhtar would look forward to a similar show from his players in this game and move to the top place on the points table.
Tom Banton and Sharjeel Khan played incredibly well in the last game to set up a win for the side and they would look for a repeat show. Akhtar also impressed with his quick fire knock. With Ben Dunk and Asif Ali to follow they have a strong middle order. Samit Patel and Chris Jordan are good hitters of the ball and add solidity to this batting line-up.
Sultan Ahmed and Danyal Ahmed looked good with the ball in the last game and similar show would be expected from them here. Samit Patel and Sohail Tanvir were expensive and the side would expect them to use their experience well. Jordan and Azmatullah Omarzai complete a very strong attack for the side.
Sohail Akhtar (c), Tom Banton, Sharjeel Khan, Asif Ali, Ben Dunk (wk), Samit Patel, Chris Jordan, Sohail Tanvir, Sultan Ahmed, Danyal Ahmed, Azmatullah Omarzai
Chris Jordan, Danial Asif Ahmed, Sharjeel Khan, Sohail Akhtar, Tom Banton, Sultan Ahmed, Asif Ali, SMSK Afridi, Samit Patel, Ben Dunk, Sohail Tanvir
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The skies would be clear with odd clouds on January 30 over Abu Dhabi and a good game of cricket is in store. The track is two paced and creates doubts in the minds of the batsmen. Spinners are doing well as we have seen so far. The side batting first in this game would have score 130 runs to feel safe here.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi it a large ground but it has very quick outfield and batsmen are able to score quick runs on this surface. Fast bowlers have struggled here as it isn’t the easiest of venues for them. There is turn on offer for the spinners and they do well in this ground.
Six games have so far been played in the season and all the six games have been won by sides that have chased the score. The track has been a tricky one to bat on and set up a total. Given the kind of results we have seen so far in the tournament the side winning the toss is most likely to opt for bowling in this game.
Team Abu Dhabi would face an uphill challenge given the kind of poor batting efforts we saw from them in the last game. They have a good batting line-up but it will have to deliver the goods for the side to win here. Qalandars are coming here after an impressive show and have their batsmen and bowlers in good form and this would make them favorites here.
Qalandars to win