Winnipeg Hawks face the Vancouver Knights in a must win game
Our prediction is Vancouver Knights to win!
The Vancouver Knights come into this game with a win against the table toppers Brampton Wolves and will be looking to seal a place in the top two and thus ensuring they have two bites at the opportunity to proceed to the finals. However, they’ll be missing their talisman and the tournament’s top scorer Chris Gayle who will be leaving to represent the West Indies. The Knights will have an able replacement in Rassie van der Dussen and with an improved bowling lineup will be confident going into the match.
The Winnipeg Hawks currently in the fifth position will look to win the game and get into the top four and advance to the next stage of the tournament. They will be disappointed to have lost the opportunity to get two points in the last game against the last placed Edmonton Royals. They will be hoping their batting led by Chris Lynn, who’s the second-highest run scorer in the tournament will get back to the levels of earlier in the tournament and ensure a top four spot for their team.
The Vancouver Knights will look to preserve their second position in the points table and ensure two chances at qualifying for the finals. They will miss their leading run-scorer and their captain Chris Gayle for the rest of the tournament and that will mean the exciting South African Rassie van der Dussen gets back into the middle order and Chadwick Walton being promoted to open the batting with the explosive Tobias Visee. The Knights will also be looking for some contribution in the batting department by the West Indian Andre Russel who has had a quiet tournament so far.
The Knights will, however, be pleased that their bowling has started to find it’s feet in the tournament. The addition of Daniel Sams has transformed their bowling attack completely and he was the man of the match in their last win against the Brampton Wolves. He’s been supported well by Hayden Walsh, Saad Bin Zafar and Michael Rippon who have picked up important wickets. They will also be pleased to have Shoaib Malik back in form and the experienced campaigner has to take on a bigger responsibility with Chris Gayle being absent.
Tobias Visee(w), Chadwick Walton, Rassie van der Dussen, Shoaib Malik, Andre Russell, Hayden Walsh, Daniel Sams, Michael Rippon, Saad Bin Zafar, Ali Khan, Rayyan Pathan
The Winnipeg Hawks come into the game with a loss against the Edmonton Royals and will be hoping to change their fortunes in what is literally a must win the game for them. They should have Dwayne Bravo who missed the last game back in the team in place of Dwayne Smith and will be expecting a big performance from him with both bat and ball. The batting has been generally solid for the Hawks with Chris Lynn and JP Duminy in the top 5 run getters of the tournament and the likes of Shaiman Anwar and Sunny Sohal getting consistent runs. The Hawks will expect similar performances by their batters against a much improved Knights bowling attack.
The bowling has been an issue for the Hawks and they will be looking for an improvement from their bowlers. Mohammad Irfan will be looking to pick up early wickets with a fiery spell and come back and restrict runs at the death. Dwayne Bravo will use all his variations to keep the strong Knight’s batting line up quiet. They will know that any mess up at this stage of the tournament would mean an early exit from the tournament.
Chris Lynn, Shaiman Anwar, Umar Akmal(w), , Sunny Sohal, Jean-Paul Duminy(c),Dwayne Bravo, Umair Ghani, Kaleem Sana, Paul van Meekeren, Mohammad Irfan, Sompal Kami
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|P Van Meekeren||4.0||0||45||1||11.25|
The wicket behaved in contrasting ways over the weekend with the Saturday games proving to be high scoring games whereas the Sunday games proved to be a low scoring contest with the pitch being slow and a little inconsistent. So it will be interesting to see how the pitch will behave for the last stage of the tournament. There are chances of thunderstorms on Tuesday and the tournament organizers will hope it will avoid the venue and we will get to see a full game of cricket.
The CAA center has been a perfect host for this edition’s tournament with mostly good batting wickets and small boundaries. The batsmen have made merry and a lot of high scores have been chased down easily. The bowlers have been able to hold their own on any pitch which offers a little help for them. The organizers will be hoping for similar crowds and action in the last stage of the tournament.
It has been clear following the tournament that winning the toss and bowling first is the way to go for the captains winning the toss. Of the 14 completed games in the tournament so far, teams batting second have won 11 games clearly indicating that the team chasing with a target in mind has been a huge advantage.
The Vancouver Knights come into this game with both their departments looking confident. The batting has been consistent throughout the tournament and will be a formidable force even without Chris Gayle while the bowling has gotten better as the tournament has progressed. The Winnipeg Hawks who were excellent in the early part of the tournament have tailed off and are now in a position where this is a must win game for them. The batting has been consistent, but their bowling has let them down on a couple of occasions. The batting might and the improved bowling attack makes the Vancouver Knights favorite in this game against the Winnipeg Hawks.