Man of the Match: Manpreet Gony
Edmonton Royals will be looking to start Global T20 with a win!
Our Prediction is Edmonton Royals to win
The Edmonton Royals kick off their tournament against the Toronto Nationals who will be playing their second game having lost their game against the Vancouver Knights. Edmonton Royals with their power-packed batting line up will look to get off to a winning start while the Toronto Nationals sweating over the fitness of their marquee player Yuvraj Singh will try to put the first game behind them and put some points on the board.
Royals will look for their experienced international pros Kane Williamson, Faf Du Plesis, James Neesham, and Ben Cutting to play a major role in the game. Toronto Nationals will have to improve in both their batting department which looked rusty and their bowling attack which looked toothless against the Vancouver Knights. They will be hoping Brnedon McCullum and Yuvraj Singh regain their touch and for Klassen and Pollard to continue their good work.
The first game for the Toronto Nationals went as bad as it could as they were comprehensively defeated by the defending champions Vancouver Knights. Brendon McCullum was dismissed cheaply deceived by the pace of the delivery and Yuvraj Singh looked all at sea during his innings. There were some positives for the Nationals with opener Rodrigo Thomas looked good in his stint at the crease and Heinrich Klassen and Keiron Pollard was able to accelerate at the end and put on a total which they could fight with. Both Klassen and Pollard were able to clear the boundary with ease and you would have wondered how much damage they could have caused had they come up earlier in the innings. The form and fitness of Yuvraj Singh is going to be a big headache for the Nationals.
The bowling department fared even worse, and never looked like troubling the Knights batsmen. They were not helped by the absence of Sandeep Lamichanne, the leg spinner who’s busy with national duties and will only return after the next game. Even though they got Chris Gayle early, there had no answers to the partnership between Chadwick Walton And Rassie Van der Dussen who coasted to victory with a century run partnership. Their main overseas bowler Mitchell McClenaghan needs to stand up and pick up early wickets to make the relatively mediocre Nationals bowling look potent. There might be changes in the bowling department, but the batting lineup will most probably remain the same giving them a chance to make amends.
1) Brendon McCullum 2) Rodrigo Thomas 3) Calum MacLeod 4) Yuvraj Singh 5) Kieron Pollard 6) Heinrich Klaasen (wk) 7) Ravinderpal Singh 8) Salman Nazar 9) Mitchell McClenaghan 10) Mark Montfort 11) Jasdeep Singh
Kieron Pollard, Calum MacLeod, Manpreet Gony, Heinrich Klaasen, Yuvraj Singh, Mark Montfort, Christopher Green, Jeremy Gordon, Rodrigo Thomas, Ravinderpal Singh, Salman Nazar
Edmonton Royals will be looking to start of the second edition of the Global T20 with a win in their first game and will be looking to improve on their performance last year when they went out in the eliminator. They have in Kane Williamson and Faf du Plesis, two of the best batsmen in the world across all formats and will hold the key for the Royals batting fortunes. The two premier batsmen will be supported by two exciting associate batsmen in Anshuman Rath and Richie Berrington. The Royals bat deep with explosive all-rounders James Neesham, Ben Cutting and Shadab Khan all capable of winning a game on their own on their day. Canada international Davy Jacobs who pulled out of this edition of the tournament will be a huge miss for the Royals who’ll miss his batting and wicket-keeping abilities.
On the bowling front, Neesham and Cutting will have to take most of their fast bowling responsibilities. They’ll be supported by Canadian Shahid Ahmadzai and American Kyle Phillip. The Pakistani duo of Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz will handle the spin bowling department and both are capable of bowling in the powerplay and pick important wickets.
1) Kane Williamson 2) Anshuman Rath 3) Faf du Plessis 4) Richie Berrington 5) James Neesham 6) Ben Cutting 7) Shadab Khan 8) Shahid Ahmadzai 9) Kyle Phillip 10) Mohammad Nawaz 11) Akash Gill
Safyaan Sharif, Ben Cutting, Anshuman Rath, Faf du Plessis, Kyle Fitzroy Phill, Navneet Dhaliwal, Mohammad Hafeez, Akash Gill, James Neesham, Shadab Khan, Richie Berrington
The drop-in pitches should provide early assistance to the faster bowlers and then get better for batting. There should not be much assistance for a spin in the initial part of the tournament. The weather should be pleasant without any threat of rain and should provide for a wonderful game of Cricket.
The CAA Centre which is the venue for all the games in this tournament has short boundaries and because of the slow wicket, the batsmen are expected to hit straight. Batting seems to have gotten easier in the second half of the game and we can expect some high scores where the short boundaries compensate for the slow pitch. The bowlers will bowl a lot of changeups and be unpredictable to prevent batsmen from lining them up.
Teams will look to win the toss and bowl first to take advantage of whatever help is present for the faster bowlers. The unknown nature of the new drop-in pitch and the new ground would mean that captains would prefer to watch how the pitch behaves in the first innings and then structure their response accordingly.
The Edmonton Royals look a complete team with the combination of classical batsmen and destructive all-rounders. The bowling is slightly lighter compared to their batting resources, but they should be able to adjust to the match conditions better with their experience. The Toronto Nationals on the basis of the first game looked poor and will have to raise their game considerably.
The batting lineup consists of classy batsmen who will come good but their bowling in the absence of Sandeep Lamichanne leaves a lot to be desired. Based on the above factors, We predict the Edmonton Royals to record their first win of the tournament over the Toronto Nationals.