The 1st Semi-Final of Qatar T10 League 2019 will be played between the Falcon Hunters and Desert Riders at West End Park International Cricket Stadium, Doha.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (9:00 PM IST) (3:30 PM GMT). It can be watched live on FanCode and CricTracker’s youtube channel in India.
Falcon Hunters and Desert Riders are pitted against each other in the second semi-final of the Qatar T10 League 2019. Both teams impressed during the league phase with the likes of Mohammad Hafeez and Mohammed Rizlan starring for their respective sides. The overseas stars on either roster have led the way which has paved the way for success.
Both teams did meet in the league phase with the Falcon Hunters coming out victorious in a fairly one-sided game earlier in the week. While this result would give the Hunters the favourites tag, the Desert Riders aren’t ones to be taken lightly with the Mohammad Hafeez-led side coming into this game on the back of a brilliant run chase of 134 over Heat Stormers.
While there is rain on the cards on Sunday, there shouldn’t be any interruption during the course of the game. The temperature will be range between 23 and 25 degrees Celsius with a cloud cover of 81% expected at the start of the match, according to AccuWeather.
The pitch is showing signs of slowing down although scores of around 100 are a common sight in this format. It shouldn’t be any different at this venue as well with the pacers reverting to change of pace on a regular basis. Chasing will be key on this surface with dew coming into play later on.
Average first innings score: 102 (13 Qatar T10 League 2019 games played here)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 8, Lost – 5
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be updated)
Probable Playing XIs
Salman Butt, Hashim Amla, Kamran Khan, Mohammed Rizlan (WK), Amad Butt, Khalid Bhasheer, Tamoor Sajjad, Iqbal Hussain (C), Saad bin Zafar, Waqas Maqsood, Murad Khan
Bench: Babar Hayat, Irshad Umer, Hussain Khan
Mohammad Hafeez (C), Kithuruwan Vithanage, Muhammad Tanveer, Adnan Mirza, Ramith Rambukwella, Sohail Tanvir, Imal Liyanage (WK), Ajay Lalcheta, Mirza Baig, Awais Malik, Muhammad Ikram
Bench: Mujeeb Khan, Amjad Gul Khan, Himanshu Rathod
Mohammad Hafeez has led from the front for the Desert Riders with vital contributions. With 80 runs and four wickets in four games, Mohammad Hafeez has delivered for his side and will be crucial in this high-octane clash. Amad Butt is another Desert Riders’ player who has taken the Qatar T10 League by storm. His mindblowing figures of 3/0 against the Flying Oryx hold him in high regard. Sohail Tanvir is Falcon Hunters’ spearhead with the former Pakistan International picking five wickets so far at an average of 17.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Mohammad Hafeez, Hashim Amla, Amad Butt
Vice-Captain – Sohail Tanvir, Muhammad Tanveer, Saad bin Zafar
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Mohammed Rizlan
Batsmen – Muhammad Tanveer, Adnan Mirza, Salman Butt
All-Rounders – Mohammad Hafeez (C), Amad Butt (VC), Tamoor Sajjad
Bowlers – Waqas Maqsood, Saad bin Zafar, Sohail Tanvir
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Mohammed Rizlan
Batsmen – Hashim Amla (C), Muhammad Tanveer, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Adnan Mirza
All-Rounders – Mohammad Hafeez (VC), Amad Butt, Tamoor Sajjad
Bowlers – Sohail Tanvir, Murad Khan, Waqas Maqsood
Only one spinner features in the wicket-takers charts with the pacers enjoying conditions at this venue. The likes of Amad Butt and Sohail Tanvir are more than capable of picking a wicket or two, which makes them worthwhile options for this game.
Falcon Hunters are the favorites to win this 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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