After the extravaganza of Abu Dhabi T10 League, Qatar is set to serve another enthralling experience for the fans of the shorter formats. A total of 6 teams will be eyeing the ultimate prize in the fast-paced league. The tournament will be played in a round-robin format followed by semifinals and the final.
All the teams will be eager to kick off their campaign in style. The second clash of the tournament will be between Desert Riders and Swift Gallopers. Desert Riders’ will be led by Sohail Tanvir, who has a considerable amount of experience under his belt.
Luke Wright is expected to emerge as the talisman for Swift Gallopers. The all-rounder was in sublime touch in the recently-concluded Abu Dhabi T10 League. Wright has scored 188 runs in his last five matches including a half-century. Imran Nazir, who has played for the national side, will be steering their batting line-up.
The second match of the day will be played between Falcon Hunters and Heat Stormers at the same venue. Falcon Hunters comprise a formidable batting attack including the likes of Salman Butt and Hashim Amla. Amad Butt could also emerge as a match-winner for his side.
On the other hand, Heat Stormers will rely on the batting and keeping forte of Mohammad Shahzad. He will be joined by Manpreet Gony, who also has adequate first-Class experience under his belt. As most squads comprise a majority number of players from Qatar, they will be hoping to witness the brilliance of home-grown talent as well.
Pitch and Conditions
The West End Park International Cricket Stadium also referred to as Asian Town Cricket Stadium hosted six Men’s T20I matches in 2019. Most of the matches recorded totals around 160. The venue stood host for Women’s Internationals previously which were low scoring ones. Since this tournament is played in the T10 format, we could see batting tracks. The conditions are expected to be cloudy with a 30 percent chance of precipitation. The temperature will hover around 25 degrees Celcius according to AccuWeather.
Match 2: Desert Riders vs Swift Gallopers
Sohail Tanveer is expected to lead Rider from the front. After making his debut for Pakistan in 2007, the left-arm pacer went on to play 62 ODIs for the national side. He has 71 ODI wickets under his name. He will be assisted by Oshane Thomas, who has been in been in superb form in the Super 50 League. Thomas, who has scalped ten wickets in his last five matches, will be looking to bolster Riders’ bowling force.
Predicted XI: Ramith Rambukwella, Khurram Manzoor, Amjad Khan, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Oshane Thomas, Javed Ahmadi, Awais Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Shahadat Hossain, Adnan Mirza
Imran Nazir has the experience of playing 79 ODIs and 25 T20Is for Pakistan in which he has gathered 1895 and 500 runs respectively. The right-hander also has two tons and nine half-centuries in his books. Gallopers will be also relying on the in-form Luke Wright, who has the potential to be a game-changer both with the ball and the bat. The 34-year-old has played 50 ODIs and 51 Tests for England. Pakistan veteran Kamran Akmal can also be a threat to the opposition.
Predicted XI: Luke Wright, Kamran Akmal, Imran Nazir, Chirag Suri, Shafiqullah, Ravinderpal Singh, Richmond Mutumbami, Zaheer Ibrahim, Inam-ul-Haq, Danza Hayat, Ansh Tandon
Probable Top Performers
Oshane Thomas- Desert Riders | Luke Wright– Swift Gallopers
Match Timings-21:00 IST and 18:30 local time
TV – DSport
The prediction is for Swift Gallopers to win the match.
Match 3: Falcon Hunters vs Heat Stormers
Hunters probably have the strongest batting force in the league. All eyes will be on Hashim Amla, who failed to impress in the last few matches of the Abu Dhabi T10 League. However, the top-order batsman has the ability to turn the tables in his side’s favour at any point of time. Amla has played 181 ODIs for South Africa and has amassed 8113 runs including 27 tons. Youngster Amad Butt is also touted to emerge has a consistent performer for his side.
Predicted XI: Hashim Amla, Fayyaz Butt, Iqbal Hussain, Saad Zafar, Aqib Ilyas, Mohammed Rizlan, Salman Butt, Kamran Khan, Amad Butt, Tom Abell, Johnson Charles
Mohammad Shahzad had a dismal endeavor in Abu Dhabi T10 League where he managed to amass only one half-century in the tournament. The wicket-keeper batsman will be eager to bounce back on the stage for Stormers. Manpreet Gony, who has the experience of playing 57 first-class matches. The 35-year-old has scalped 184 wickets in his first-class career.
Mohammad Shahzad, Owais Ahmed, Gayan Munaweera, Mohammad Irfan, Manpreet Gony, Mohammad Shahid, Dharmang Patel, Scott Edwards, Fazal Zazai, Sikandar Raza, Chandrapaul Hemra
Probable Top Performers
Match 3: Hashim Amla – Falcon Hunters | Mohammad Shahzad – Heat Stormers
Match Timings-23:30 IST and 20:30 local time
TV – DSport
The prediction is for Falcon Hunters to win the match.
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