The Vancouver Knights are the defending champions and they played like one in the opening match of the 2019 Global T20 Canada. Chris Gayle & Co. bashed the Toronto Nationals by eight wickets at the CAA Centre, Brampton, Ontario. With the likes of Chadwick Walton, Rassie van der Dussen and Chris Gayle in the ranks, the Knights have one of the strongest batting line-ups in the tournament.
The Winnipeg Hawks, on the other hand, didn’t have a great outing in their opening game versus the Montreal Tigers. Sunil Narine took their bowling to the cleaners after which the batters couldn’t chase down 136 in 12 overs. The Hawks, captained by Rayad Emrit, are now set to cross swords with the Knights and they have to play out of their skins in order to brush aside their opponents
The 5th match of the Global T20 Canada 2019 will be played between Vancouver Knights and Winnipeg Hawks 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 has more or less been batting friendly. In the first two games, the batsmen put up a decent show. But hitting the right channels can pay dividends to the bowlers. A high-scoring game seems to be in the offing. Winning the toss and fielding first should be the way forward for the teams.
Probable Playing XIs:
Chris Gayle (C), Tobias Visee (wk), Chadwick Walton, Rassie van der Dussen, JJ Smit, Andre Russell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Rizwan Cheema, Michael Rippon, Saad Bin Zafar, Ali Khan
Bench- Asif Ali, Matthew Nandu, Shoaib Malik, Hayden Walsh, Daniel Sams, Tim Southee, Rayyan Pathan, Harsh Thaker, Aaron Summers
Dwayne Smith, Umar Akmal, Jean-Paul Duminy, Dwayne Bravo, Shaiman Anwar, Hamza Tariq (wk), Sunny Sohal, Rayad Emrit (C), Paul van Meekeren, Kaleem Sana, Umair Ghani
Bench- Najibullah Zadran, Rameez Shahzad, Varun Sehdev, Umar Ghani, Romesh Eranga
Chris Lynn has been denied NOC by Cricket Australia over injury concerns
Andre Russell in GT20 2018
Batting Average– 185.00
Bowling Average– 23.9
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Chadwick Walton, Rassie van der Dussen, Chris Gayle
Vice-Captain Options – Umar Akmal, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Chadwick Walton (C), Umar Akmal (VC)
Batsmen – Chris Gayle, Rassie van der Dussen, Dwayne Smith
All-Rounders – Dwayne Bravo, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo
Bowlers – Michael Rippon, Ali Khan, Paul van Meekeren
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper –Tobias Visee, Umar Akmal
Batsmen – Rassie van der Dussen (C), Dwayne Smith, Shaiman Anwar
All-Rounders – Andre Russell, Rizwan Cheema, Dwayne Bravo (VC)
Bowlers – Ali Khan, Saad Bin Zafar, Rayad Emrit
One can take the tough call of making Dwayne Bravo the captain. In the first game, he batted at number four and bowled his full quota of overs.
The Vancouver Knights are expected to win the game.
*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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