Man of the Match: Chris Lynn
The favorite to win the match is Winnipeg Hawks!
Our prediction is Winnipeg Hawks to win!
The game between two teams with a number of issues promises to be an interesting contest. Both teams have lost their first games convincingly and will look forward to getting back to winning ways. The Toronto Nationals made multiple changes to their team for their second game and were successful against the Edmonton Royals on the back of a late Manpreet Gony heroics still looked vulnerable at different points of time. They will be happy to see Yuvraj Singh back into some sort of form and will be expecting big things from him.
The Winnipeg Hawk who lost the shortened game against Montreal Tigers will look to get back to winning ways. Their batting line up looks solid and would be expecting to have Chris Lynn back in the team. Umar Akmal and JP Duminy looked to be in fine touch while Dwayne Bravo will be looking to provide a good finish. The bowling attack is a lot less complete and will heavily depend on the variations of Dwayne Bravo. The captain Rayad Emrit will be expected to provide support to Bravo and carry along with the less experienced bowlers along with them.
The Toronto Nationals made a couple of changes to the team that lost comprehensively to Vancouver Knights and it bore immediate results with a win over Edmonton Royals. However, they will consider them really lucky to have got out with a win against the Royals and will thank Manpreet Gony for the victory. Yuvraj Singh getting back to form is a positive for the Nationals and Henrich Klassen played a second consecutive important knock for his team. Yuvraj, Klassen, and Pollard will be expected to take most of the batting load in the absence of Brendon Mc Cullum.
The bowling is still an area of concern although Chris Green coming into the team in place of Brendon Mc Cullum picked up three wickets. They will need to be at their absolute best to keep the strong Hawks batting lineup quiet. They would also want their openers to provide a better start than they have provided in the past two games. There might not be any changes to the lineup as they look to continue the winning combination, but they will have to improve collectively to progress further in the competition.
1) Rodrigo Thomas,2) Calum MacLeod,3) Yuvraj Singh(c),4) Kieron Pollard,5) Heinrich Klaasen(w),6) Ravinderpal Singh,7) Chris Green,8) Mark Montfort,9) Jeremy Gordon,10) Salman Nazar,11) Manpreet Gony
Kieron Pollard, Manpreet Gony, Heinrich Klaasen, Yuvraj Singh, Mark Montfort, Chirag Suri, Christopher Green, Jeremy Gordon, Rodrigo Thomas, Ravinderpal Singh, Salman Nazar
The Winnipeg Hawks will be looking forward to having Chris Lynn back in their squad possibly in place of Dwayne Smith. Umar Akmal and JP Duminy along with Chris Lynn need to be the major contributors in the batting department as the batting is a little thin beyond them. Dwayne Bravo will be expected to launch a few into the stands at the end of the innings to drive them to a competitive total. Hamza Tariq made a couple of valuable contribution in the field including the smart run out of the danger man Sunil Narine in their match against the Tigers.
The bowling is a major area of concern as no one other than Dwayne Bravo were able to exert any pressure against the Montreal Tigers in their first game. The captain Rayad Emrit will be expected to inspire his bowlers to produce improved performance and will have to deliver himself. Kaleem Sana and Paul van Meekeren will be looked with keen interest as they have performed well in their short career so far.
1) Dwayne Smith/Chris Lynn, 2) Sunny Sohal, 3) Umar Akmal,4) Hamza Tariq(w),5) Jean-Paul Duminy,6) Dwayne Bravo, 7) Rayad Emrit(c), 8) Paul van Meekeren, 9) Shaiman Anwar, 10) Kaleem Sana, 11) Umair Ghani
Jean-Paul Duminy, Dwayne Bravo, Sunny Sohal, Hamza Tariq, Chris Lynn, Shaiman Anwar, Umair Ghani, Mohammad Irfan, Varun Sehdev, Kaleem Sana, RR Emrit
The drop-in pitches seems to have settled down after the initial hiccups and are proving to be great batting surfaces. The spinners are starting to get a little assistance but that should not worry the batsmen too much as they look forward to another batting beauty with high scores. It looks to be another sunny and hot day with little chance of rain, and we should have a complete match without any interruptions.
The CAA ground has proven to be a better venue already than last year’s edition with the stadium closer to the city and so better crowds. The weekend games had very good crowds and will look forward to continuing the same. The small ground dimensions would mean huge totals and humongous sixes making it an attractive proposition for the viewing public.
Batting second seems to be the safe option in this tournament. With assistance to the fast bowlers for a very brief period early on and the difficulty in restricting the opposition’s batting, chasing has become the default go to option for the captains winning the toss. The short boundaries mean the batsmen are confident to chase down any kind of total before them.
Both teams have apparent flaws in their team and as such is a tough one to call. The toss will play an important role as both teams have some powerful strikers of the ball and their bowling attacks are comparatively weaker. The likes of Yuvraj, Klassen, Pollard, Lynn, Akmal, and Duminy mean that the game is going to be high scoring and it’s the better bowling attack which will prove successful.
The better batting combination at the top of the order of the Hawks and Dwayne Bravo’s experience and guile might just mean the Hawks edge this contest over the Nationals.