After the lustre of initial matches in Qatar T10 League, the extravaganza draws to a conclusion encounters before the playoffs. The 13th match in the fast-paced league will be played between Falcon Hunters and Pearl Gladiators.
Falcon Hunters’ journey so far has been sensational as they have won three out of their four matches. They are currently in sublime form and are sitting on the top of the points table. The Iqbal Hussain-led side demolished Flying Oryx in their previous match as they dismantled the Oryx’ batting line-up. After restricting Oryx on a mere score of 45 runs, Hunters chased down the target with 33 balls remaining. Hunters have emerged as one of the favourites to clinch the trophy.
Gladiators‘ campaign in the tournament has been dismal so far in the tournament. They have failed to register a single win their three matches and are currently sitting at the bottom of the points table. In their previous match against Swift Gallopers, the Mohammad Sami-led side failed to chase down the target of 115 as they tumbled on 67 runs. None of their batsmen were able to stitch vital partnerships in the middle. Ajantha Mendis, who scalped two wickets in his spell, was the pick of Gladiators’ bowling line-up. Gladiators will be eager to salvage with a win before the completion of the tournament.
Pitch and Conditions
There are high chances of rain to intervene in the match. Showers are on the cards and the temperature will hover around 24 degrees Celcius according to AccuWeather. Humidity levels are also expected to be high. The wicket has witnessed both high-scoring and low-scoring matches so far in the tournament. Most teams have chosen to elected to field first after winning the toss. Considering recent form, Gladiators will have an upper hand in both the departments.
Mohammed Rizlan has delivered impressive performances so far in the league. The trio of Hashim Amla, Salman Butt and Kamran Khan will be aiming to propel Hunters to a good start. All eyes will be on Amad Butt, who destroyed Flying Oryx in the previous match after scalping three wickets in eight balls. He will be assisted by Waqas Maqsood and Murad Khan, who also scalped two wickets each in their previous match.
Predicted XI: Hashim Amla, Salman Butt, Kamran Khan, Amad Butt, Babar Hayat, Mohammed Rizlan (wk), Iqbal Hussain (c), Tamoor Sajjad, Waqas Maqsood, Murad Khan, Saad Bin Zafar
Despite Gladiators going through a rough patch, opener Faisal Javed has delivered impressive performances in the season. He will be joined by Saqlain Arshad and Adnan Ilyas in their batting force. The addition of Ajantha Mendis has certainly bolstered their bowling attack, along with the likes of Mohammad Sami and Malinda Pushpakumara.
Predicted XI: Faisal Javed, Sheikh Raheel (wk), Mehran Khan, Saqlain Arshad, Adnan Ilyas, Mohammed Nadeem, Sohaib Maqsood, Philip Joseph, Mohammad Sami (c), Ajantha Mendis, Malinda Pushpakumara
Probable Top Performers
Amad Butt- Falcon Hunters | Faisal Javed– Pearl Gladiators
Match Timings-22:30 IST and 20:00 local time
TV – DSport
The prediction is for Falcon Hunters to win the match.
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