The Yuvraj Singh-captained Toronto Nationals didn’t make the greatest of starts in the 2019 edition of the Global T20 Canada. Defending champions Vancouver Knights demolished them by eight wickets with 16 balls to spare at the CAA Centre, Brampton, Ontario. Though Yuvraj and Calum MacLeod played 50 balls for 31 runs, the Nationals managed to put up a respectable 159 in 20 overs.
However, Chadwick Walton and Rassie van der Dussen picked the bones out of them and chased the target down with 16 balls to spare. The Nationals will have a chance of making amends in the next match against the Edmonton Royals. The task won’t be easy as the Royals boast of some classy names in their repertoire, involving the likes of Kane Williamson, James Neesham and Faf du Plessis.
The 3rd match of the Global T20 Canada 2019 will be played between Toronto Nationals and Edmonton Royals at the CAA Centre, Brampton, Ontario.
The match starts at 12:30 PM local time (10:00 PM IST) (4:30 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Star Sports and live streaming is available on Hotstar.
The pitch in the first game was a tad on the slower side and restricting batsmen is possible. But a bowler can travel the distance if they err in line and lengths. It was also seen that the track eased out for batting in the second half. Hence, it would be safe to field first after winning the toss.
Probable Playing XIs:
Rodrigo Thomas, Brendon McCullum, Calum Macleod, Yuvraj Singh (C), Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Kieron Pollard, Ravinderpal Singh, Matt Montfort, Mitchell McClenaghan, Salman Nazar, Jeremy Gordon
Bench – Chris Green/Mitchell McClenaghan, Chirag Suri, Ghulam Shabber, Jasdeep Singh
Anshuman Rath (wk), Kane Williamson (C), Faf du Plessis, Davy Jacobs, Richie Berrington, Mohammad Nawaz/Sherfane Rutherford, James Neesham, Ben Cutting, Navneet Dhaliwal, Kyle Phillip, Safyaan Sharif
Bench– Akash Gill, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Satsimranjit Dhindsa, Sherfane Rutherford/Mohammad Nawaz, Shahid Ahmadzai, Ehsan Nawaz
Yuvraj Singh had a minor backache while batting in the last game. There’s no update on the gravity of the injury as yet.
Sherfane Rutherford in GLT20 2018
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Kane Williamson, James Neesham, Heinrich Klaasen
Vice-Captain Options –Rodrigo Thomas, Faf du Plessis, Ben Cutting
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Heinrich Klaasen
Batsmen – Rodrigo Thomas (vc), Kane Williamson (c), Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum
All-Rounders – Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, James Neesham
Bowlers – Matt Montfort, Safyaan Sharif, Mohammad Nawaz
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Anshuman Rath
Batsmen – Yuvraj Singh, Calum MacLeod, Rodrigo Thomas, Faf du Plessis (vc), Sherfane Rutherford
All-Rounders – Kieron Pollard, James Neesham (c)
Bowlers – Mitchell McClenaghan, Matt Montfort, Safyaan Sharif
The Nationals bowlers didn’t have a great time in the last match. Hence, one can afford to pick more batsmen (among the all-rounders as well) from the Royals lineup.
Edmonton Royals have depth in batting and have some effective and most importantly, in-form players. They are expected to win the match.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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