Man of the Match: Shaiman Anwar
Defending Champions Vancouver Knights face off against Winnipeg Hawks in the title clash!
Our Prediction is Vancouver Knights to win!
|Chepauk Super Gillies||7||5||2||0||0||10||1.391|
|VB Kanchi Veerans||7||4||3||0||0||8||0.552|
|Lyca Kovai Kings||7||4||3||0||0||8||0.255|
|Ruby Trichy Warriors||7||1||6||0||0||2||-0.486|
Two teams, two strong batting lineups, two contrasting routes meet in the final match of the Canada Global T20. The defending champion, Vancouver Knights have demolished all teams that have come their way and made it to the finals defeating the table-toppers Brampton Wolves convincingly in Qualifier1 of the tournament. While the Winnipeg Hawks only got into the next stage of the tournament on better run rate and have then gone on to chase a target of more than 200 in both the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 to make the final on their batting might.
The Vancouver Knights have made light work of losing their talisman Chris Gayle, and have had the other batsmen Chadwick Walton, Tobias Visee, Rassie van der Dussen, and Shoaib Malik have stood up to the occasion and have posted huge totals. The bowling attack has been strengthened by the addition of Daniel Sams and Hayden Walsh midway through the tournament and along with Ali Khan and Saad Bin Zafar have combined to form a formidable bowling attack. The Winnipeg Hawks, on the other hand, have ridden on the back of their batsmen Chris Lynn, Shaiman Anwar, Jean-Paul Duminy and Sunny Sohal who have been in brilliant form throughout the tournament.
The defending champions Vancouver Knights come into their second consecutive finals as overwhelming champions and will look to make it 2 in 2 years. The loss of their captain and the then highest run-getter in the tournament, Chris Gayle has not been felt as the other batsmen have stepped up in his absence and have put the bowling attacks to the sword. Tobias Visee has been sensational at the top of the order and along with Chadwick Walton will be looking to provide quick opening starts. The middle-order is power-packed with potential match-winners in Rassie van der Dussen, Shoaib Malik and Andre Russel who can win a game on their own.
The bowling attack which was slightly lackluster in the initial phase of the tournament has now transformed into a formidable bowling attack with the addition of the left arm seamer Daniel Sams and the leggie Hayden Walsh. They have in Saad Bin Zafar, Michael Rippon and Ali Khan, bowlers who can complement the other two and have formed a potent attack and been able to reign in the opponent batsmen. The Knights will be looking for another strong performance against a strong Hawks batting attack and take important wickets to dent the opposition.
Tobias Visee(w), Chadwick Walton, Rassie van der Dussen, Shoaib Malik(c), Andre Russell, Hayden Walsh, Daniel Sams, Michael Rippon, Saad Bin Zafar, Ali Khan, Rayyan Pathan
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|S Bin Zafar||4.0||0||22||4||5.5|
Saad Bin Zafar, Chadwick Walton, Rayyan Pathan, Daniel Sams, Rassie van der Dussen, Hayden Walsh, Shoaib Malik, Michael Rippon, Tobias Visee, Andre Russell, Ali Khan
The Winnipeg Hawks have had a roller coaster ride in the tournament so far and they will be pleased to find themselves fighting for the championship. They had only two wins at the end of the league stages and qualified as the fourth-best team of the tournament only on a higher net run rate. But they were able to produce two outstanding batting displays in the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 and qualify for the finals. The batting lineup has been consistent throughout the tournament with 4 players in the top 10 highest run-getters of the tournament. Chris Lynn and Shaiman Anwar at the top of the order have been exceptional and consistently provided a good start. JP Duminy and Sunny Sohal have scored when the team has needed and they will be expecting Dwayne Smith to contribute to the cause.
The bowling attack has been a let down with no bowlers in the top 10 wicket-takers for the tournament. The bowlers have conceded huge totals and have been saved by exceptional batting performances. There will be expectations from the likes of international campaigners Mohammad Irfan and Rayad Emrit to step up their game and lead the way for the other bowlers in the big game. The likes of Paul van Meekeren, Kaleem Sana and Umair Ghani will look to take wickets during the middle overs and reign in the rampaging Knights batting power.
Chris Lynn, Shaiman Anwar, Dwayne Smith, Jean-Paul Duminy, Sunny Sohal, Hamza Tariq(w), Rayad Emrit(c), Paul van Meekeren, Mohammad Irfan, Kaleem Sana, Umair Ghani
Jean-Paul Duminy, Sunny Sohal, Hamza Tariq, Kaleem Sana, Chris Lynn, Shaiman Anwar, Umair Ghani, Dwayne Smith, Mohammad Irfan, Paul Van Meekeren, RR Emrit
The pitches seem to have gotten better for batting in the last stage of the tournament with totals of 200 being scored and successfully chased down. Both teams have a lot of batting power and will be hoping for a flat deck and a high scoring game. The weather for the game on Sunday looks clear with no chances of rain and we should expect a complete game without any interruptions.
The CAA Centre has been a success as a host for the second edition of the tournament with better wickets and higher crowd participation. The crowd has been witness to some high-quality action with generally nice weather and brilliant batting performances. The small ground has meant a lot of boundaries and batsmen being able to post high totals and a lot of entertainment to the crowd.
This will be an interesting toss to see what the captains will do after winning the toss. Throughout the tournament, teams have decided to win the toss and chase and they have proved to be very successful winning 13 of the 18 completed games. However, in the finals, it will be interesting to see if the captain looks to bat first and put up a big total and have the chasing team under pressure of a high total in a big game.
Two teams with contrasting routes to the finals face up against each other for a chance to win the title. The Vancouver Knights have been the best team in the tournament with their batting muscle rolling over teams and their bowling complementing the strong batting lineup. The Winnipeg Hawks, on the other hand, have chased down scores in excess of 200 consistently with all their top-order batsmen in good form on their way to the finals.
In a match between two extremely strong batting lineups, the outcome of the match is usually defined by the team with a better bowling attack.
On the basis of that logic, the Vancouver Knights look to be favorites to win their second consecutive title.