Man of the Match: Colin Munro
Winnipeg Hawks take on Brampton Wolves in a top of the table clash!
Our Prediction is Brampton Wolves to win
Two teams at the top of their game and top of the table clash against each other to go to the summit of the points table. While the Brampton Wolves have been impeccable notching two comprehensive wins in two games, the Winnipeg Hawks have come back from a disappointing loss in their opening match to win two games back to back and now occupy the second position in the points table behind the Wolves.
Brampton Wolves have had as good a start to the tournament as they could have expected with their batsmen Lendl Simmons, George Munsey and Shahid Afridi all contributing handsomely while Ish Sodhi has been their star in their bowling department. The Winnipeg Hawks have been energized by the arrival of Aussie Chris Lynn who missed the first match, but has smashed two fifties in his next two games and has helped the Hawks chase scores of over 200 successfully on both occasions.
The Winnipeg Hawks have won their last two games riding on the back of the Aussie opener Chris Lynn who has scored two match-winning 80’s in the last two games chasing big scores after missing out on their first game. The Hawks batting line up has been consistent with Shaiman Anwar, Sunny Sohal, J P Duminy and Dwayne Bravo all chipping in at important stages with quick runs and providing good support to Lynn. The Hawks did strengthen their bowling attack getting in the tall Pakistani left armer Mohammad Irfan in place of Umar Akmal and will look to put on a better show with the ball.
The bowling department has left a lot to be desired so far and they have conceded more than 200 runs in both their matches. Dwayne Bravo has been good consistently with his variations at the death and has picked crucial wickets but will need more support from his fellow bowlers. The tall Mohammad Irfan will look to extract extra bounce from the wicket and the captain Ryan Emrit will look to deceive the batsmen with his variations. J P Duminy might open the bowling again with his fastish off-spinners against the explosive Wolves openers.
Chris Lynn, Shaiman Anwar, Sunny Sohal, Jean-Paul Duminy, Dwayne Bravo, Hamza Tariq(w), Rayad Emrit(c),Varun Sehdev, Kaleem Sana, Mohammad Irfan, Umair Ghani
Jean-Paul Duminy, Dwayne Bravo, Sunny Sohal, Hamza Tariq, Chris Lynn, Shaiman Anwar, Umair Ghani, Mohammad Irfan, Varun Sehdev, Kaleem Sana, RR Emrit
Brampton Wolves are on a song with two wins out of two and at the top of the table. Lendl Simmons and George Munsey have provided fast starts for the middle order to capitalize. Colin Munro and Shahid Afridi have shown already as to how dangerous they can be on these small grounds in the middle overs and will be looking forward to making the most of the excellent start the openers are providing. Wahab Riaz will be expected to land a few blows at the death to swell the total. They will be expecting more from Nitish Kumar and Rohan Mustafa in the middle order.
The bowling of the Brampton wolves has been the best in the tournament so far. Ish Sodhi and Shahid Afridi have bamboozled the batsmen with their leg-spin and googlies, and the batsmen have struggled to get the ball off the square. Sodhi is among the highest wicket takers in the tournament and will be looking to add further to his tally. Wahab Riaz’s pace has been hard to get away while the other fast bowlers have complimented him well. Rohan Mustafa has picked up crucial wickets with his off-spin and will be looking to do the same again.
Lendl Simmons(w), George Munsey, Colin Munro(c), Rohan Mustafa, Shahid Afridi, Nitish Kumar, Wahab Riaz, Nawab Singh, Zahoor Khan, Cecil Pervez, Ish Sodhi
Ish Sodhi, Rohan Mustafa, Nitish Kumar, Colin Munro, Zahoor Khan, Cecil Pervez, B Hayat, George Munsey, LMP Simmons, SMSK Afridi, Wahab Riaz
The pitches have been great for batting and 200 seems to be the par score on this ground. Teams are chasing down 200 plus totals quite comfortably with the short boundaries. If a fresh pitch is used for the game, the wickets might be slightly slow as it settles in and might provide a bit of assistance to the bowlers. The weather looks to be clear and we should have a full game without any interruptions.
The CAA center has turned out to be a batter’s paradise with high scoring games and the batsmen making merry. The small ground has ensured there are lots of boundaries for the crowd to cheer and a number of replacement balls. The drop-in pitches seem to have settled down and have become predictable and easy paced wickets.
Win the toss and bowl first has been the mantra of captains throughout the tournament and looks like that is not going to change anytime soon. The small grounds and the absence of any assistance to the bowlers have meant tall scores being chased down comfortably with deliveries to spare. Teams batting first will look to put a huge total on the board and pick up early wickets to ensure the chasing team does not have everything going it's way.
The Winnipeg Hawks have come back superbly into the tournament with heroics mainly from Chris Lynn and supported by the other batsmen and have chased down targets in excess of 200 easily. The Wolves have been the outstanding team of the tournament so far excelling with both bat and ball and placing themselves as strong contenders for this year’s tournament. This is going to be a close game between two evenly matched teams, but the bowling attack of the Wolves gives them a slight edge over the Hawks and the Brampton Wolves should win this tightly contested game.