Man of the Match: Christopher Green
Toronto Nationals face Montreal Tigers in a must-win game!
Our Prediction is Toronto Nationals to win!
Both teams the Toronto Nationals and the Montreal Tigers ended as the bottom two teams in last year’s tournament and will hope to put an improved performance this time. They are also affected by the loss of their key West Indian players Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard who are on international duty. For the Nationals after the loss against the Wolves, this game is a must-win and any mistakes here will mean the end of the tournament for them.
The Montreal Tiger needs the big guns in their batting lineup to stand up and contribute in the absence of Sunil Narine who was instrumental to the balance of their team with contributions with both bat and ball. The Nationals, on the other hand, will be expecting the returning Brendon McCullum to provide quick starts at the top of the order so that the inform middle order of Yuvraj Singh and Henrich Klassen can take advantage of.
The Toronto Nationals will be looking to get back to winning ways to keep their qualification hopes for the next stage of the tournament in what is essentially a knockout game. They will be missing the service of middle-order batsmen Kieron Pollard who is in the West Indies T20 team to play against India. However, they will be hoping the arrival of Nepali leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane will help them boost their bowling attack after their disastrous bowling performance against the Wolves. Brendon McCullum who came in for Pollard and the in-form Rodrigo Thomas were able to give their team a quick start in pursuit of a huge total against the Wolves.
The middle-order duo of Heinrich Klassen and Yuvraj Singh have been in good form and have been consistent in the tournament so far and they will be supported by new arrival Australian Moises Henriques who will also be expected to bowl some crucial overs. Both Yuvraj and Klaasen have had started but have not gone on to convert it to scores that get their team over the line yet and will be looking to do that in a do or die game. The Kiwi Mitchell McClenaghan will also be looking forward to making amends for a disappointing start to the tournament and will be looking to pick up early wickets.
Brendon McCullum, Rodrigo Thomas, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh(c), Heinrich Klaasen(w), Ravinderpal Singh, Mark Montfort, Jeremy Gordon, Salman Nazar, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mitchell McClenaghan
Mitchell McClenaghan, Heinrich Klaasen, Yuvraj Singh, Chirag Suri, Christopher Green, Jeremy Gordon, Rodrigo Thomas, Ravinderpal Singh, Moises Henriques, Sandeep Lamichhane, Salman Nazar
The Montreal Tigers came back from their bowling getting mauled by Chris Gayle and company to win a tight game against the Edmonton Royals. The Tigers though will be missing the services of their premier all-rounder Sunil Narine, who misses the game due to his international commitments for the West Indies. With Narine not in the squad, the responsibility in the batting department rests on the likes of Kyle Coetzer, Dinesh Chandimal, Anton Devcich, and George Bailey. The batting which has been on the lighter side will expect these proven performers to raise their game and put on or chase down competitive totals. Scott Kuggeleijn, the Kiwi allrounder who’s come in as a replacement for Sunil Narine will be expected to contribute with both the bat and the ball while Fawad Ahmed will have to take on the spin bowling responsibilities in the middle overs.
The last game against the Royals saw lesser-known names like Nikhil Dutta and Dillon Heyliger in the bowling department and Kyle Coetzer in the batting department take responsibility and win the game for the Tigers. The Tigers will hope for a repeat performance from them while expecting the experienced international players to put their hands up against a strong Toronto Nationals side.
Kyle Coetzer, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Dinesh Chandimal, Anton Devcich, George Bailey(c), Matthew Cross(w), Scott Kuggeleijn, Mohammad Naveed, Nikhil Dutta, Dillon Heyliger, Fawad Ahmed
Ruvindu Gunasekera, Matthew Cross, Dillon Heyliger, Alasdair Evans, Kyle Coetzer, George Bailey, Scott Kuggeleijn, Fawad Ahmed, Nikhil Dutta, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera
The pitches in the last few games have been a little tricky and the bowlers have had their fair say in those games. Teams batting first have struggled to get off to good starts initially and the average first-innings scores have reduced. The shorter boundaries still mean that batsmen will be able to score freely and there will be a need for a lot of replacement balls that get lost outside the stadium. The weather over the weekend looks perfect for cricket and there are no signs of any rain interruptions.
The CAA Centre has so far been a perfect host for the tournament with world-class players plying their trade in high scoring games and lots of boundaries. As the tournament gets to the business end with teams jostling for a place in the top four, preferably the top two, it promises to be a feast for cricket lovers in the Brampton region. The small grounds have ensured high scoring games and mostly batting favorable pitches have meant the batsmen have had a field day so far.
Teams batting second have held complete sway over the result of the match with 8 wins in the first 10 completed games. The pitch in the last few games have been slightly tricky at the start of the game and the team batting first have not been able to get away in the powerplay overs and so ending up with a middling total. The pitches have gotten better in the second half of the game and the short boundaries mean that the captain winning the toss will elect to field first.
The match between two teams trying to better their last year’s positions and scrambling for a place in the top four, promises to be an interesting contest. Both teams are missing key players and will be looking for the other players in the team to raise their game and make up for the player missing. Yuvraj Singh and Heinrich Klassen have been decent for the Nationals without going on to get that match-winning score and will be expected to do most of the scoring again. The Tigers will have to collectively improve their batting to compensate for the loss of Sunil Narine.
The match between two even teams might just be decided by the new arrival of Sandeep Lamichhane and Moises Henriques and the loss of Sunil Narine.
Our Prediction is The Nationals will end up with a narrow win over the Tigers and keep up their quest for a slot in the next round.