The T10 league begin with thrilling three matches on Day 1 and we some intense batting performances by the players. One thing is for sure, we are promised to have an exciting week of T10 action in the coming days.
The second match of the Friday tripleheader is scheduled to take place between the Maratha Arabians and Delhi Bulls of Group A, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Martha Arabians are currently placed second in the points table after managing to chase down 127 runs against the Northern Warriors. The Warriors looked on course to come on top after amassing 127 runs on the board but the Arabians reply was headed by Abdul Shakoor, who scored 73 of 28 balls ensuring they were the first team to open their account.
Delhi Bulls on the other side are currently the table-toppers after a spirited performance against Bangla Tigers. Tigers batting first scored the highest team total of this season- 128. Bulls though started their innings with authority as the young Gurbaz dispatched his fellow countrymen for a six in the very first ball of the chase.
They managed to win the match by 7 wickets and had an over to spare which now puts them on top of the table.
Who do you think will prevail in the clash of the table-toppers? And be the first team to qualify for the Super League.
Match Toss Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)
Match Start Time: 18:15 Local (19:45 IST)
Match Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
The conditions hold no threat to the game as clear skies are expected throughout and no chances of rain whatsoever. The temperature is expected to be hovering in the 23-20 degree Celsius and the humidity at the peak is likely to touch the 54 per cent mark.
An absolute belter combined with the short boundaries makes the venue batsmen’s paradise. From what we have seen in the first three matches, the teams chasing have been the winners in all the three matches and for that reason, the team winning the toss should be looking to chase. No score looks safe at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. The teams should be looking to post anywhere between the 120-130 range to make a match out of it.
Marath Arabians seem to have found the right opener in form of Abdul Shakoor. The local has class, experience and power hitting. He will once hold the key for Arabians in this upcoming encounter. Their skipper Shoaib Malik was unavailable for the opener and captaincy role was taken over by Mosaddek Hossain. His inclusion to the side is likely to be at the price of Ishan Malhotra.
Delhi Bulls held on to their nerves well and chased a mammoth total with an over to spare. Their side is bolstered with the experience of Bravo and Bopara. Their opener Gurbaz too did a wonderful job to set the tone. No changes are expected from the Bulls side.
Probable Playing Xl
Maratha Arabians (MA): Laurie Evans, Mosaddek Hossain (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Javed Ahmadi, Abdul Shakoor (wk), Ishan Malhotra/Shoaib Malik, Sompal Kami, Muktar Ali, Sohag Gazi, Yamin Ahmadzai, Pravin Tambe
Delhi Bulls (DB): Evin Lewis, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Adam Lyth, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Nabi, Sherfane Rutherford, Dwayne Bravo (c), Kashif Daud, Amad Butt, Ali Khan, Fidel Edwards
MA vs DB Fantasy Team
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Abdul Shakoor, Evin Lewis, Ravi Bopara, Laurie Evans, Dwayne Bravo, Mohammad Hafeez, Muktar Ali, Ali Khan, Pravin Tambe, Waqas Maqsood/ Fidel Edwards
Captain Picks: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (DB), Mohammad Hafeez (MA)
Vice-captain Picks: Abdul Shakoor (MA), Ravi Bopara (DB)
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