After the Match 6 and 7 being washed out in Qatar T10 League, the extravaganza continues with another two encounters on Wednesday. The sixth eighth match in the fast-paced league will be played between Desert Riders and Falcon Hunters. Desert Riders have started their campaign on a high as they have clinched the top spot in the points table.
Riders have won both their opening matches of the tournament with their third match being abandoned due to rain. In their match against Flying Oryx, Mohammad Hafeez showed his calibre by smashing 45 runs off 23 balls to steer his side to the victory. Riders chased down a modest total of 95 runs with 10 balls remaining. Adnan Mirza’s cameo of 20 runs off just 8 balls was also vital against the Oryx. Considering the prolific form of Mohammad Hafeez, Riders will be eager to post their third victory of the tournament.
Falcon Hunters, on the other hand, have won one match out of two and are currently sitting third in the points table. In their previous match against Swift Gallopers, Hunters failed to chase down the target of 117 runs as they succumbed to the pressure and were able to gather only 110 runs on the scoreboard. Mohammed Rizlan was the top-performer for Hunters as he smashed 35 runs off 19 balls. Hunters will be aiming to register their second triumph of the tournament.
The second match of the day in Qatar T10 League will be played between Heat Stormers and Swift Gallopers. Stormers will be eager to register their first victory of the competition. Stormers are currently placed fifth in the points table, will be aiming to enter the top half of the table.
Swift Gallopers are sitting a place above Heat Stormers in the points table. Gallopers have won one out of their two matches and have gathered two points in the table. In their previous match against Falcon Hunters, Gallopers clinched the victory by six runs. Kamran Akmal emerged as the top-performer of Gallopers by scoring 25 runs off 16 balls. He was also assisted by Zaheer Ibrahim, who smashed 32 runs off 19 balls.
Pitch and Conditions
Rain will play a crucial role in the outcome of both the matches. However, the chances of rain intervening in the match are relatively less on Wednesday. The temperature will hover around 26 degrees Celcius according to AccuWeather. Humidity levels are also expected to be high.
In the first five matches of the tournament, only two encounters witnessed teams post a score more than 100 runs. However, massive totals are expected as the tournament progresses in its latter stages.
Match 8: Desert Riders vs Falcon Hunters
Riders’ batting force will be steered by Mohammad Hafeez, who scored a brilliant half-century in his previous match. Mohammad Tanveer and Adnan Mirza are also expected to play a vital role. Riders’ bowling attack will be steered by Sohail Tanvir and Muhammad Ikram.
Predicted XI: Mohammad Hafeez (c), Sohail Tanvir, Ajay Lalcheta, Muhammad Tanveer, Awais Malik, Mujeeb Khan, Muhammad Ikram, Himanshu Rathod, Imal Malindu Liyanage (wk), Mirza Baig, Adnan Mirza
Hunters probably have the strongest batting force in the league. All eyes will be on the opening duo of Hashim Amla and Salman Butt to steer Hunters to a flying start. Mohammed Rizlan, who scored 35 runs in his previous match, has also been in superb touch. Hunters’ bowling force will be led by Murad Khan, Iqbal Hussain and Saad Bin Zafar.
Predicted XI: Salman Butt, Hashim Amla, Saad Bin Zafar, Waqas Maqsood, Babar Hayat, Tamoor Sajjad, Iqbal Hussain (c), Mohammed Rizlan (wk), Kamran Khan, Murad Khan, Irshad Umer
Probable Top Performers
Mohammad Hafeez – Desert Riders | Salman Butt– Falcon Hunters
Match Timings-21:00 IST and 18:30 local time
TV – DSport
The prediction is for Desert Riders to win the match.
Match 9: Heat Stormers vs Swift Gallopers
Stormers’ skipper Manpreet Gony has the experience of playing 57 first-class matches. The 35-year-old has scalped 184 wickets in his first-class career. Mohammad Shahzad, who had a dismal endeavour in Abu Dhabi T10 League, did not start in Stormers’ first match of the tournament. The wicket-keeper batsman will be eager to bounce back on the stage for Stormers. Sikandar Raza is also expected to play his first match of the tournament.
In their opening match of the Qatar T10 League, Dharmang Patel was the top-scorer for his side. Patel smashed 26 runs off 14 balls.
Predicted XI: Andri Berenger, Imraz Rafi, Scott Edwards (WK), Satvir Singh, Dharmang Patel, Manpreet Gony (C), Sikandar Raza, Talal Ahmed, Gayan Munaweera, Owais Ahmed and Afsarullah Khan
Gallopers will be relying on skipper Kamran Akmal to propel them to a flying start. He will be joined by Zaheer Ibrahim and Jahanzed Naveed. Zaheer Ibrahim showcased a brilliant all-round performance in his previous match against Falcon Hunters. The right-hander scored 32 runs off 19 balls and also scalped two wickets in his spell. Gayan Wimalashantha also plucked two wickets in a single over against Hunters.
Predicted XI: Kamran Akmal (c), Sufyan Mehmood, Ravinderpal Singh, Inam-ul-Haq, Zaheer Ibrahim, Sadiq NM, Zainudheen, Jahanzeb Ashad (wk), Mughees Bajwa, Haris Butt, Gayan Wimalashantha
Probable Top Performers
Manpreet Gony – Heat Stormers | – Swift Gallopers
Match Timings-23:30 IST and 20:30 local time
TV – DSport
The prediction is for Swift Gallopers to win the match.
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