Man of the Match: Daniel Sams
Formidable Vancouver Knights seek to end Brampton Wolves unbeaten streak!
Our Prediction is Brampton Wolves to win!
Two strong teams near the top of the table face off against each other to qualify as one of the top two teams advancing to the next stage of the tournament. The Brampton Wolves have been the form team of the tournament, having the best bowling attack of the tournament and an array of in-form batsmen. The defending champions Vancouver Knight with possibly the best batting lineup in the world and led by the in-form Chris Gayle will look to establish their dominance in the tournament.
This match promises to be an interesting contest between the strong batting lineup of the Knights consisting of Chris Gayle, Tobias Visee, Chadwick Walton, Shoaib Malik and Andre Russel taking on the best bowling attack in the tournament consisting of Wahab Riaz, Shahid Afridi, Ish Sodhi, and Rohan Mustafa. The weekend crowd is going to be completely entertained with two equally matched teams with world-class players competing to get to the top of the table.
The Vancouver Knights got back to winning ways against the Edmonton Royals with a disciplined bowling performance and another Chris Gayle brutal innings. The Knights will be pleased to have Andre Russel in their ranks for the entire tournament after he was declared unfit for the international T20 games for the West Indies against India. Daniel Sams who came in for Rassie van der Dussen looked to have upped their bowling department and they came up with a disciplined performance against the Royals. Ali Khan and Hayden Walsh bowled brilliant spells and picked up early wickets to keep the Royals in check even with a Cutting onslaught at the end.
The Knights will be hoping for a similar performance by the bowlers as that has been their weaker link in the tournament so far. But the need to bring in Daniel Sams for their consistent batsmen Rassie van der Dussen has meant their batting strength has gone down a little and so there will be a higher expectation on the likes of Shoaib Malik and Andre Russell in case Chris Gayle has an occasional failure. Chadwick Walton has to start converting starts to a higher score to ensure that the Knights are not overly dependent on Chris Gayle in the batting department.
Chris Gayle(c), Tobias Visee(w), Chadwick Walton, Andre Russell, Shoaib Malik, Hayden Walsh, Daniel Sams, Michael Rippon, Saad Bin Zafar, Ali Khan, Rayyan Pathan
|S Bin Zafar||4.0||0||34||2||8.5|
|S Bin Zafar||4.0||0||34||2||8.5|
Saad Bin Zafar, Chadwick Walton, Rayyan Pathan, Daniel Sams, Michael Rippon, Hayden Walsh, Shoaib Malik, Tobias Visee, Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, Ali Khan
The Brampton Wolves have been exemplary throughout the tournament dispatching opponents easily with their brilliant bowling and explosive batting line up. The best bowling attack of the tournament will have to go against possibly the best batting attack in the tournament. The likes of Wahab Riaz, Shahid Afridi, and Ish Sodhi will be looking for a way to restrict Chris Gayle who’s looked his absolute best in the tournament smashing sixes at will. This will be an interesting contest with the variety of Wolves bowling capable of troubling Gayle and if they get Gayle early it would be a major blow for the Knights.
The Wolves will be pleased to have different batsmen performing for them at various stages throughout the tournament with George Munsey and Babar Hayat doing the star turn for them with the bat in their previous game. Their openers Lendl Simmons and George Munsey have been brilliant the entire tournament and will look to take advantage of the slightly weaker Knights attack and set up a good foundation to the strong middle order. Colin Munro and Shahid Afridi will be expected to provide the momentum during the middle overs while Nitish Kumar and Babar Hayat will be looking to provide useful contributions.
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, ADS Fletcher , Abraash Khan, Cecil Pervez, Junaid Siddiqui, B Hayat, George Munsey, LMP Simmons, Ish Sodhi, Wahab Riaz
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. However, the pitch has gotten better with teams scoring more than 190 in both of Saturday’s games and 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.
This game between two strong and evenly matched teams is hard to predict an outright winner. Both teams have proven match-winners in their ranks and if any of Chris Gayle, Andre Russel, Colin Munro or Shahid Afridi fire, they will singlehandedly win the game for their team. The Knights will hope that Chris Gayle continues his batting form while the Wolves will be hoping their in-form bowlers will be able to keep the big Jamaican quiet. The toss might also play an important role in the outcome of the game.
In a tightly contested game, the bowling might of the Brampton Wolves has just an edge over the Knight’s bowling and so the Brampton Wolves will end up winners by a small margin.