Man of the Match: Chris Gayle
Vancouver Knights look to get back to winning ways against winless Royals
Our Prediction is Vancouver Knights to win this game!
The defending champions, the Vancouver Knights will be disappointed that they had to share points against the Montreal Tigers after scoring 276/3 in the first innings in a game which had to be abandoned for weather reasons. Chris Gayle seems to have gotten back his touch and dispatched the bowlers to all parts of the ground and will be looking to carry on with the batting form. The other batsmen supported Gayle well as the Knights put on the second-highest score in a T20
The Edmonton Royals are on the other hand in a desperate situation without a win in the competition so far. They are in real danger of being out of contention to qualify to the Qualifiers if they face another defeat. They will be disappointed with which they have squandered winning chances in different stages in all their games and ending up as the losing side. They had a brilliant chance to win their first game against the Tigers but Neesham was unable to defend 18 runs of the final over and slumped to their third defeat of the tournament.
The Knights coming off a record batting performance will hope to continue it in their next game against the bottom placed Royals and look to get their campaign back on track. Chris Gayle was his usual brilliant self against the Tigers and will look to carry on the big hitting form and set the foundation for another huge total. Tobias Visee has been more than an ideal partner for Gayle scoring rapidly in the power play allowing Gayle to settle down and get used to the nature of the track. Chadwick Walton and Rassie van der Dussen have been brilliant with the bat helping Knights rack up huge totals and will be looking to continue their golden run with the bat.
The bowling is a bit of a concern for the Knights as they were unable to defend 208 in their last completed match. Chris Lynn and JP Duminy took them to the cleaners as none of the Knight bowlers were spared. They will also feel the absence of Andre Russel who’s now back with the West Indies for their T20 games against India. Andile Phehlukwayo and Ali Khan will again be expected to do most of the hard work in the bowling department with the responsibility of taking wickets at the top and keeping it tight at the death. The spinners Michael Rippon, Saad Bin Zafar and the experienced Shoiab Malik will be expected to keep things tight in the middle overs and pick up crucial wickets.
Chris Gayle(c), Tobias Visee(w), Chadwick Walton, Rassie van der Dussen, Shoaib Malik, Rizwan Cheema, Andile Phehlukwayo, JJ Smit, Michael Rippon, Ali Khan, Saad Bin Zafar
Saad Bin Zafar, Chadwick Walton, Chris Gayle, Rayyan Pathan, Daniel Sams, Hayden Walsh, Shoaib Malik, Michael Rippon, Tobias Visee, Ali Khan, Andre Russell
The Edmonton Royals will be disappointed with their position in the points table considering the positions they had been in various points of their previous games. They cannot afford another loss at this point as that would effectively mean no chance of progressing to the qualifiers of the tournament.
The batting has been inconsistent and even though Faf du Plesis found some form in the last game and hit a quickfire half-century, his fellow batsmen were not able to capitalize on that start and were dismissed for a paltry total. The top-order batsmen Richie Berrington, Navneet Dhaliwal, and Mohammed Hafeez haven’t been able to get a solid partnership going while the hitters James Neesham and Ben Cutting haven’t been able to cut loose against some tight opposition bowling.
The bowling attack while not spectacular has been steady with Kyle Phillip leading the way. Ben Cutting and James Neesham have been good with the ball at various stages of the tournament while Shadab Khan has been economical. They almost managed to defend a paltry 158 against the Tigers and if for a better last over from Neesham would have had a win under their name. They will be hoping their batting unit provides them with runs on the board so that they can help their team get the first win of the tournament.
Ben Cutting, Anshuman Rath, Kyle Fitzroy Phill, Navneet Dhaliwal, Mohammad Hafeez, James Neesham, Mohammad Nawaz, Safyaan Sharif, Satsimranjit Dhindsa, Shadab Khan, Richie Berrington
While the pitches have been mostly batter friendly, the last two games they have provided assistance to the bowlers which have resulted in two low scoring games and the bowlers having an equal say in the outcome of the game. The bowlers will be again hoping for something in the pitch to keep them in the game as short boundaries have meant batsmen score with carefree abandon. The weather seems to have cleared up and the matches will be played under clear skies with no threat of rain.
The CAA center has been an excellent venue for the tournament and has produced some excellent cricket in front of a well numbered audience. The matches have been interesting and high scoring due to the batter friendly wickets and the small boundaries. The weather has remained largely good with only one game being affected by it.
Even though a recent couple of matches have been low scoring and close, the team batting second has won both matches. In fact, teams batting second in the tournament have won close to 80% of the games and so any captain winning the toss will look to field first. There has been very little in the surfaces for the bowlers and so setting a target with these small boundaries is a tricky affair and so captains would rather bat with a target already set for them.
The Vancouver Knights are currently on 3 points with just a solitary win and will be looking to double their win tally against the Edmonton Royals. The in-form batting lineup led by the Universe Boss Chris Gayle will be looking to make merry of the Royals bowling. For Royals, it’s almost come to the stage of ‘now or never’ with their tournament life at stake. They have been decent in various matches of the tournament but haven’t been able to stamp their authority and push for a win.
The Vancouver Knights on back of their batting riches should be favorites to win the game against a team that has struggled to win a game in this tournament.