Man of the Match: George Munsey
Brampton Wolves look to extend their winning run against the Toronto Nationals
Our prediction is Brampton Wolves to win this game!
The Toronto Nationals will take on Brampton Wolves of the 12th match T20 series at CAA Centre, Brampton, Ontario.
Brampton Wolves have 3 games and 3 wins. It must all be looking so easy for the new team in this edition of the tournament, the Brampton Wolves. Their bowlers are among the best in the tournament so far with Ish Sodhi leading the way and their batsmen are knocking off-targets with ease as they look for their fourth consecutive win against the patch Toronto Nationals in the first game of the double header on Saturday. There have been contributions with the bat all through the innings and the bowlers have understood the track and bowled accordingly bundling out the opponent batsmen to just over a score of 100 two times in the tournament already.
The Toronto Nationals have had a stop-start sort of a campaign so far with their big stars not able to fire in unison. They lost their opening games to the Vancouver Knights, just got over the line against the Edmonton Royals on back of some lower order hitting and succumbed to their second defeat of the tournament against the Winnipeg Hawks to leave them near the foot of the table. They will need their big guns to fire together and hope the bowling which has been pretty listless so far comes to the party.
The Toronto Nationals have had a disappointing show so far in the tournament and sit one place from bottom with a solitary win in 3 games. The team has explosive batsmen in Rodrigo Thomas, Yuvraj Singh, Heinrich Klaasen and Kieron Pollard but all of them have not been consistent and so they have been unable to set up a big target. The bowling has been inconsistent with no one standing up for the team. They have been all over the place and have been unable to defend middling totals even though they almost pulled off the game against the Hawks after being in a no hope situation all game. They might also be without Kieron Pollard for this game as he might have had to leave for international duties.
The bowling woes of the Toronto National is illustrated in the fact that they have only 1 bowler in the top 15 wicket takers of the tournament and have struggled to contain the batsmen. They will be hoping their bowers put on a better show this time around against the table toppers Brampton Wolves. The Nationals will also be hoping for now back in form Yuvraj Singh to fire so that they can put up an intimidating total on the board or chase down huge scores against an impressive Brampton Wolves bowling.
Rodrigo Thomas, Chirag Suri, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Yuvraj Singh(c), Kieron Pollard/ Brendon McCullum, Ravinderpal Singh, Chris Green, Mark Montfort, Jeremy Gordon, Salman Nazar, Manpreet Gony
Mitchell McClenaghan, Brendon McCullum, Heinrich Klaasen, Yuvraj Singh, Mark Montfort, Jeremy Gordon, Rodrigo Thomas, Ravinderpal Singh, Moises Henriques, Sandeep Lamichhane, Salman Nazar
The Brampton Wolves march further on their merry waves with 3 wins from 3 games and would like to extend their unbeaten streak. Their batting line up has been consistent with someone stepping in each situation and taking them to a decent total. The openers Lendl Simmons and George Munsey have provided excellent starts with their carefree batting in the powerplay overs setting up the foundation for the middle order. Colin Munro, Nitish Kumar, Shahid Afridi and Babar Hayat have chipped in with their contributions and have ensured the batting of the Wolves is in safe hands. Rohan Mustafa and Wahab Riaz can also wield the long handle when required and so the wolves will be confident of their batting prowess.
The bowling has been even more impressive with Ish Sodhi leading the way with the highest number of wickets and the highest dot balls in the tournament. Wahab Riaz has been at his menacing best with his left arm pacers and has been brilliantly supported by Cecil Pervez and Zahoor Khan. Rohan Mustafa and Shahid Afridi have picked up important wickets and the complete bowling line up has meant that the Wolves have dismissed the opposition for a score little over 100 two times in the competition.
Lendl Simmons(w), George Munsey, Colin Munro(c), Nitish Kumar, Shahid Afridi, Babar Hayat, Rohan Mustafa, Wahab Riaz, Zahoor Khan, Cecil Pervez, Ish Sodhi
Nitish Kumar, Colin Munro, Abraash Khan, Newab Singh, Cecil Pervez, Ish Sodhi, B Hayat, George Munsey, LMP Simmons, SMSK Afridi, Wahab Riaz
The pitch has been slightly tougher to bat on in the previous two games and the bowlers would be hoping it stays the same as the batsmen have held sway for majority of the tournament. There has been a little assistance to the bowlers and the previous games have been low scoring. But given the batting lineups of the two teams, we can expect a high scoring game as both have enough firepower to clear the short boundaries with ease. The weather has been perfect for Cricket and it looks like it will continue over the weekend with clear skies and no hint of rain.
The CAA center has seen a couple of close low scoring games in the last two games however it seems more like an aberration than the norm. With the batting resources of both teams and the short boundaries at the venue, the weekend crowd will be served to some brilliant batting by some of the best players in the world. The venue has been a perfect host so far having been witness to some great cricket by some of the best T20 players in the world.
The team that wins the toss will be expected to field and try to chase down the total set by the opposition. The team winning the toss and chasing has been the pattern of the tournament so far and teams have been very successful doing so. Of the 10 matches played so far, 7 have been won by the team chasing whereas the team batting first has won only 2 times with 1 no result. The small boundaries and batting friendly pitches have ensured any total is gettable and the chasing teams have not been fazed by targets over 200.
The Brampton Wolves have been the form team of the tournament crushing all opposition and taking their place at the top of the table with 3 wins in 3 games. Their batsmen are scoring the runs consistently with different batsmen chipping in at various times while their bowling has been the best in the tournament. The Toronto Nationals, on the other hand, have struggled for consistency in the tournament and are currently second from last in the points table. Their batting has been inconsistent and their bowling has been listless and they might have been dealt a huge blow with Kieron Pollard having to join his national side.
The all-round capability of the Wolves make them a formidable team and are my favorites to win this game.