West Indies flavor clash!
Our Prediction is Vancouver Knights to win!
The match promises to be an interesting contest with a huge West Indian flavor with the likes of Chris Gayle, Chadwick Walton, and Andre Russel squaring up against Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, and Rayad Emrit.
The defending champions Vancouver Knights led by the West Indians Chris Gayle and Andre Russel started off brilliantly with an all-round performance against the Toronto Nationals by 8 wickets. The Knights didn’t need many contributions from Gayle or Russel as Chadwick Walton and Rassie van der Dussen stitched together a brilliant century partnership after their bowlers had bowled a disciplined job to restrict the Nationals to a below-par total.
The Vancouver Knights started off the defense of their championship with a comprehensive victory over the Toronto Nationals and will be looking to make it two in two games. The bowling was tight with Ali Khan, Andile Phehlukwayo and JJ Smit keeping the batsmen in check in the powerplay overs and taking the crucial wicket of Brendon McCullum. Even though the Nationals had an excellent end to the innings, the initial damage done by the Knights bowlers meant they could restrict the Nationals to less than the par score. And then chasing a moderate total, Tobias Visee provided a quickfire start and Chadwick Walton and Rassie van der Dussen took them home with ease to post two points on the points table.
While the Vancouver Knights were generally tight in their bowling department, they would like to improve on batting. Keiron Pollard and Henrich Klassen took the Nationals bowling to the cleaners scoring 68 of the last 5 overs. They will be expecting better things from Ali Khan and Andile Phehlukwayo. While they didn’t need his services in the first game, the Knights will be expecting a big one from Universe Boss Christopher Henry Gayle to register their second consecutive win. There should not be any changes from their previous game as all players did their job perfectly.
Chris Gayle(c), Tobias Visee(w), Chadwick Walton, Rassie van der Dussen, JJ Smit, Andre Russell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Rizwan Cheema, Michael Rippon, Saad Bin Zafar, Ali Khan
|R van der Dussen||65||43||4||3||151.16|
Saad Bin Zafar, Chadwick Walton, Chris Gayle, Rizwan Cheema, Rassie van der Dussen, Shoaib Malik, Michael Rippon, JJ Smit, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tobias Visee, Ali Khan
The Winnipeg Hawks lost their first game to the Montreal Tigers in a shortened 12 over match chasing a target of 136 but falling short. The bowling was a mixed effort with Dwayne Bravo being exceptional while the other bowlers went around the park under the assault of Sunil Narine. The batting chase started poorly with Dwayne Smith unable to get the ball out of the square. Even though Umar Akmal and JP Duminy tried to mount a fightback, regular fall of wickets meant they were always behind in the contest.
The bowling looks inexperienced and will require to up their game to complement Dwayne Bravo who was outstanding in the first game. They would be expecting better support from the likes of Rayad Emrit and Paul van Meekeren. On the batting front, they would hope they can have Chris Lynn back to provide explosive starts at the top, something which they lacked in the chase against the Tigers. Umar Akmal and JP Duminy who looked in fine touch during their brief stay will be expected to do the heavy carrying once again with Dwayne Bravo to provide the finishing touches.
Dwayne Smith/Chris Lynn, Sunny Sohal, Umar Akmal, Hamza Tariq(w), Jean-Paul Duminy, Dwayne Bravo, Rayad Emrit(c), Paul van Meekeren, Shaiman Anwar, Kaleem Sana, Umair Ghani
|P Van Meekeren||2.0||0||22||0||11|
|P Van Meekeren||2.0||0||22||0||11|
Jean-Paul Duminy, Dwayne Bravo, Sunny Sohal, Hamza Tariq, Paul Van Meekeren, Chris Lynn, Shaiman Anwar, Umar Akmal, Umair Ghani, Kaleem Sana, RR Emrit
As the tournament has progressed, the drop-in pitches have set in and have become better for batting with the ball coming well on to the bat. The better pitches and a small ground would mean high scoring games to entertain the weekend crowd. There seems to be overnight rain predicted and there might be small rain interruption during the game but should not affect it too much.
The CAA Centre, Brampton has been an excellent venue so far in the tournament and will be looking forward to another entertaining weekend game with near-capacity crowds. The improving pitch and the small ground will ensure tall scores and batsmen making merry.
Teams winning the toss would be looking to chase with a target in mind. The outfield and short boundaries would mean it will be very hard to defend any total. Also, the faster bowlers would look to take advantage of any help from the pitch in the initial few overs.
The Vancouver Knights look a well-rounded unit with explosive batsmen, versatile allrounders and run containing bowlers. On their day, Chris Gayle and Andre Russel can win a game on their own. The Winnipeg Hawks look a little lighter in the batting department and would be hoping Chris Lynn who missed the first game can help them get the innings off to a rollicking start. However, based on sheer all-round strength, match-winners throughout the lineup will make them the favorites to be two wins out of two in the tournament.
We expect Vancouver Knights to win!