Desert Riders versus Pearl Gladiators and Flying Oryx versus Heat Stormers in Qatar T10 League were abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain on Tuesday. Consequently, all four teams split the points and got one point each. The washouts would have been a big blow for Stormers and Gladiators as both remain rooted at the bottom of the points table.
After starting their campaign with a defeat, both the teams opened their account with the one point they received from the washed-out game. Stormers are currently at the fifth position while Gladiators are the bottom of the six-team competition with net run-rate separating the two teams’ spots in the points table. Riders, on the other hand, continue to remain at the top of the points table.
Having started their campaign with two wins, the Riders now have 5 points from three games. Another win will be more than enough for the Riders to secure a passage into the semifinal. As far as Oryx are concerned, they are at the second spot in the points table. In three games so far, the Oryx have won one and lost one while one was abandoned.
The other two teams, which were not in action on Tuesday, are Falcon Hunters and Swift Gallopers. While Hunters are at the third spot, Gallopers have occupied the fourth spot in the table. Both the teams have won one and lost one so far and are separated only by net run-rate.
Predicting the semifinalists:
The way the competition has panned out thus far, Riders look more than likely to book a place in the last four. As far as the other three spots are concerned, five teams are in contention for the same. Barring Oryx, the other four teams have played just two games so far and have three more games to decide their fate.
The Riders could seal their passage to the last four today itself when they lock horns against Hunters. In today’s second game, Gallopers would lock horns with Stormers. A defeat for either of the teams could seal their fate in the tournament today itself.
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