Will defending Champions start on a winning note?
Our Prediction is Vancouver Knights to win!
The second edition of the Global T20 kicks of at the CAA Centre in Brampton as the defending champions Vancouver Knights take on the Toronto Nationals. The Toronto Nationals who finished bottom of the table last year will be boosted by the inclusion of former Indian allrounder, the explosive Yuvraj Singh and Kiwi opener Brendon McCullum.
Vancouver Knights who topped the league table on their way to winning the inaugural championship last year will be looking for the form and fitness of West Indians Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton to help them do an encore. With 28 T20 hundreds between them, Chris Gayle and Brendon Mccullum would be looking to provide explosive starts to their respective sides setting their team onto victory.
Rassie van der Dussen and Calum MacLeod are two exciting batsmen who will be looking to draw attention while old hands like Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Powell, and Shoiab Mallik will be looking to prove a point.
The Toronto Nationals had a horrific show last year in the inaugural edition of the tournament finishing bottom of the table with just 2 wins. They will be looking to set that record straight this season with the inclusion of former Indian allrounder Yuvraj Singh who brings experience and explosiveness to the middle order.
Brendon Mccullum is expected to open the innings along with Chirag Suri. The explosive Kiwi will look to provide a good start for the experienced middle-order to cash in on. The middle-order consists of the exciting Scott Calum MacLeod, the experienced and dangerous duo of Yuvraj Singh and Kieron Pollard followed by wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen. The bowling attack is led by the Kiwi Mitchell McClenaghan. McClenaghan who was a late replacement for fellow Kiwi Trent Boult is expected to pick up crucial breakthroughs at the top and then come back to restrict the batsmen at the death. He will be supported by retired former Indian pacer Manpreet Gony. The spin department will be handled by the Nepali leggie Sandeep Lamichhane. Lamichhane who plies his trade in T20 leagues all over the world will be expected to bowl in the power play overs and pick up important wickets.
1) Brendon McCullum 2) Chirag Suri 3) Calum MacLeod 4) Yuvraj Singh 5) Kieron Pollard 6) Heinrich Klaasen (wk) 7) Chris Green 8) Manpreet Gony 9) Mitchell McClenaghan 10) Jeremy Gordon 11) Sandeep Lamichhane
Kieron Pollard, Calum MacLeod, Mitchell McClenaghan, Brendon McCullum, Heinrich Klaasen, Yuvraj Singh, Mark Montfort, Jeremy Gordon, Rodrigo Thomas, Ravinderpal Singh, Salman Nazar
The defending champions Vancouver Knights will be looking to start off the new campaign in style against the Toronto Nationals. Having topped the league stages last year before going on to win the title, the Knights will be confident going into the start of the tournament. However, the injury to Andre Russel is a concern to the team as the allrounder is capable of changing a match on his own with either bat or ball in his hand.
The Knights are expected to open with the explosive West Indian duo of Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton. Chris Gayle will be looking to make amends for his rather poor form at the World cup and will be looking to add to this 21 T20 hundreds. Chadwick Walton will provide steady support from the other end and will be looking to provide great starts. Rassie van der Dussen the find of last year’s tournament will be looking to impress again after a great showing at the World cup while the Pakistani duo of Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali will look to provide explosive finish to the innings. Tim Southee will lead the bowling attack and will have to shoulder most of the responsibility. He will be supported by USA’s Ali Khan and South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo.
The first game of the tournament at a brand new venue promises to be an enthralling contest between Toronto Nationals and Vancouver Knights. Both teams have in them, explosive players who on their day can win a game single-handedly. However, just by the virtue of being the defending champions, Vancouver Knights would be going in as slight favorites in this game.
1) Chris Gayle, 2) Chadwick Walton, 3) Rassie van der Dussen, 4) Shoaib Malik, 5) Asif Ali, 6) Andile Phehlukwayo, 7) Daniel Sams, 8) Saad Zafar, 9)Tim Southee, 10) Hayden Walsh, 11) Ali Khan
Saad Bin Zafar, Chadwick Walton, Rassie van der Dussen, Michael Rippon, Rizwan Cheema, JJ Smit, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tobias Visee, Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, Ali Khan
Because it’s the first game of the tournament, the pitch should have some assistance for the new ball bowlers. However it should be a good batting pitch as most T20 pitches are around the world these days and with two explosive batting line ups, a high score is expected. The weather is expected to be pleasant with no hint of rain making it ideal conditions to play cricket.
The tournament was moved from Maple Leaf North-West Ground, King City to the CAA Centre in Brampton. The CAA Centre in Brampton is a multipurpose stadium with a capacity of 5000 people. It will be interesting to see how the stadium plays for a cricket tournament and the pitch condition provided at this multipurpose arena.
Like in most T20 matches, teams will be looking to field first and have a target in hand while batting. Add to it, a fresh pitch at an unknown venue and the captains would definitely want to bowl first and see how the track behaves before having to bat.
Two evenly matched teams take on each other in the inaugural game of the Global T20 in what promises to be an exciting contest. It’s hard to predict a winner as both teams have some fresh recruits and a brand new venue. Just going based on last year’s record and the presence of Chris Gayle and the ever-improving Van der Dussen, the Vancouver Knights have an edge over the Toronto Nationals and should be victors by a small margin.
We expect Vancouver Knights to win the opening game!