Man of the Match: Anshuman Rath
Winnipeg Hawks look to move up the table against deflated Edmonton Royals!
Our prediction is Winnipeg Hawks to win this game!
The Winnipeg Hawks winning momentum was halted in their last game against Brampton Wolves whom they lost to by 7 wickets. Chris Lynn got out cheaply and even though there was brief resistance from Shaiman Anwar and Sunny Sohal, they capitulated for a paltry 116. The bowlers started well in their defense and picked up 3 quick wickets but the total was never going to big enough to defend successfully. They’ll be looking for their experienced international contingent of Chris Lynn, JP Duminy, Dwayne Bravo, and Mohammed Irfan to contribute handsomely against the last placed Edmonton Royals.
The Edmonton Royals have had a horror start to the tournament having lost all of their first 3 games and positioned at the bottom of the table. The batting is heavily dependent on Faf du Plesis and the bowling while being steady has not had enough runs on the board to be effective. The big hitters James Neesham and Ben Cutting haven’t had the foundation set up for them to explode in the final few overs and have been entrusted the act of rebuilding which is not their strongest suit.
The Winnipeg Hawks have been energized by the return of Chris Lynn and even though they lost their last game, they will be confident to get back to winning ways against the Edmonton Royals. The Hawks batting line up despite the last game failure have been consistent with batsmen through the line up in good form. Chris Lynn has won them a couple of game on their own with his batting cracking a couple of 80’s chasing targets of over 200 comfortably. Shaiman Anwar and Sunny Sohal have been chipping in with important runs while JP Duminy and Dwayne Bravo provide experience in the middle order.
The bowling attack has been strengthened with the inclusion of the lanky Pakistani left arm fast bowler Mohammed Irfan. The bowling attack made initial inroads against the Wolves defending a small total and made the match a lot more interesting before Colin Munro took it away from them. Dwayne Bravo has been consistent with the ball throughout the tournament and Rayad Emrit will be expected to step up his bowling. Varun Sehdev and Umair Ghani along with the part-time spin of JP Duminy will be taking responsibility of the spin bowling and will be expected to pick up important wickets in the middle overs.
Chris Lynn, Shaiman Anwar, Sunny Sohal, Jean-Paul Duminy, Dwayne Bravo, Hamza Tariq(w), Rayad Emrit(c), Varun Sehdev, Umair Ghani, Kaleem Sana, Mohammad Irfan
Jean-Paul Duminy, Sunny Sohal, Paul Van Meekeren, Chris Lynn, Shaiman Anwar, Umar Akmal, Umair Ghani, Dwayne Smith, Mohammad Irfan, Sompal Kami, Kaleem Sana
The tournament has not gone the way the Edmonton Royals had expected to and they find themselves at the bottom of the table. The batting has been inconsistent with the openers Richie Berrington and Navneet Dhaliwal not being able to provide consistent starts. Faf du Plesis has not been able to make the most of his starts and with the other batsmen not being able to contribute have ensured they have ended with inadequate totals. Mohammed Hafeez, James Neesham and Ben Cutting have had to consolidate and shepherd the innings because of loss of early wickets and so have not been able to be at their explosive best at the end of the innings.
The bowling attack has been fairly consistent with Kyle Phillip leading the way. While the moderate runs put on the board have not helped the bowling win matches, they had put their team in winning positions against both the Toronto Nationals and Montreal Tigers before the lower order batsmen from the opposite side managed to escape to wins. The Royals will be hoping for a better batting performance from their batsmen so that they have a total to defend and get their first win of the tournament.
Richie Berrington, Navneet Dhaliwal, Mohammad Hafeez, Faf du Plessis(c), James Neesham, Ben Cutting, Shadab Khan, Anshuman Rath(w), Safyaan Sharif, Kyle Phillip, Satsimranjit Dhindsa
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Ben Cutting, Anshuman Rath, Kyle Fitzroy Phill, Navneet Dhaliwal, Mohammad Hafeez, James Neesham, Mohammad Nawaz, Safyaan Sharif, Satsimranjit Dhindsa, Shadab Khan, Richie Berrington
The drop-in pitches continue to be batting friendly with the odd one assisting the bowlers. We have so far had mostly high scoring games with the occasional low scoring thriller. The batsmen would still be looking forward to batting on this pitch with short boundaries and will be expected to score big runs. The weather for the weekend appears to be fairly pleasant with clear skies and no chance of rain interruption.
The CAA center has so far proved to be a perfect venue and will be expecting huge crowds over the weekend. The games have been exciting with short boundaries and high-class batsmanship on display and the crowds will be hoping for the same. As the tournament approaches the business end, we should see exciting cricket with teams giving their everything to qualify in the top 4 and proceed to the next round.
Teams batting second have won 7 of the first 10 games and so it will be no surprise when the captain that wins the toss will choose to bowl first. The short boundaries and the excellent batting pitches have meant teams chasing are not deterred by any score and with the batting firepower in all teams scores over 200 have been chased down easily.
The Winnipeg Hawks had an off day against the Brampton Wolves and would be looking forward to getting back to their winning ways. The batting lineup has been consistent with contributions from all through the batting lineup while the bowling has been steady. The Edmonton Royals having lost their first three games in the tournament will be up against it and will look for inspiration from their experienced international stars to get them into an unlikely top 4 position in the table.
Based on the current form of both teams and the sheer batting might of the Winnipeg Hawks, I will consider the Winnipeg Hawks to win this game.