ABD vs MSA Match Preview
The Morrisville Samp Army team was dominant in the group stages of the competition. They won 5 out of their 7 games and finished the league stage in the second position. But they failed to deliver a similar performance in the qualifier as they lost both their qualifiers. The Deccan Gladiators outfit defeated the Morrisville Samp Army team by a thumping margin of 8 wickets in the 2nd qualifier while chasing down a target of 120 runs. they reached the mark in 9.4 overs. Their opposition in this 3rd-place playoff is Team Abu Dhabi. This team finished in the 3rd position in the points table after they had won 4 matches out of 7. Team Abu Dhabi lost the eliminator round match against the Gladiators outfit by just 5 runs. This was a poor performance because they were chasing a tiny target of 95 runs in this game. In one of the games played earlier in the competition, Team Abu Dhabi beat Morrisville Samp Army by 18 runs after posting 100 runs on the board.
Moeen Ali is in great touch for the Morrisville Samp Army. He would be expected to do well in this game as he is currently scoring runs at a strike rate of 174. Dwaine Pretorius is the leading wicket-taker this season so far for his team with his terrific bowling skills and capability to pick up vital wickets in crucial stages of a match. In the last game against Deccan Gladiators, Moeen Ali was in great touch as he hit 78 runs from just 29 balls. Moeen Ali is a useful all-rounder and will have a crucial role to play in this game.
The weather for this game is likely to be clear and there are not many chances of rain coming down during the match. The temperatures during the game will hover between 21 and 31 degrees.
This game for the 3rd position in the competition will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in the city of Abu Dhabi in UAE. This ground is capable of accommodating 20,000 people in the crowd. This venue has been a host to several domestic and international competitions and other series. The pitch on offer at the venue will be in favor of the batter mostly.
Both these teams have a similar record in their last 5 games.
If you look at the last 5 games these two teams have played, and you will find that Team Abu Dhabi has won 3 out of their last 5 matches while Samp Army has won 2 out of their last 5. Both these sides are going into this game with a couple of consecutive losses in their last 2 matches.
Dwaine Pretorius has a terrific strike rate with the ball.
In his last 9 games for the Samp Army, Dwaine Pretorius has picked up 12 wickets with a strike rate of 8.00.
There are no injuries reported for this game from either side so far.
ABD vs MSA Probable 11
ABD Playing 11
- CA Lynn (C)
- Brandon King
- A Sharafu
- AD Hales
- JM Vince
- Fabian Allen
- Kamran Atta (Wk)
- P Hatzoglou
- AU Rashid
- AJ Tye
MSA Playing 11
- DA Miller
- Shimron Hetmyer
- C Karunaratne
- MM Ali (C)
- Dwaine Pretorius
- Karim Janat
- Basil Hameed
- Johnson Charles (Wk)
- Sheldon Cottrell
- Ahmed Raza
- M Theekshana
If you take a look at both these sides, Morrisville Samp Army has the opportunity to hold the upper hand. The Team Abu Dhabi has a lot of depth in their batting line-up and their bowling attack, but the Samp Army side has even more depth. However, the Morrisville Samp Army middle order struggled quite a bit during the competition this season. This is something the Team Abu Dhabi will try and exploit by making early inroads in the batting. We will bet with Morrisville Samp Army to win this game.
Jonathan Charles: In his last 9 appearances for Samp Army, Jonathan Charles has scored 177 runs with a strike rate of 178.78 and an average of 25.29. He will be looked upon to score big runs again in this final game of the competition.
James Vince: James Vince has scored 189 runs from his last 8 games for the Team Abu Dhabi with an average of 37.8. He has scored these runs with a strike rate of 164.34 and is the leading run-getter for the side in the season.
Dwaine Pretorius: Dwaine Pretorius has been one of the top performers for the Morrisville Samp Army outfit with the ball. He has picked up 12 wickets from 9 matches with an average of 13.08 and an economy rate of 9.81. He is bowling with a strike rate of 8.00.
Naveen ul-Haq: Naveen ul-Haq is the top wicket-taker for Team Abu Dhabi. He has picked up 10 wickets from 8 matches with an average of 11.9.
ABD vs MSA Dream11 Team 1
Keeper: J. Vince
Batters: C. Lynn, A. Hales, D. Miller, M. Ali
All-rounders: D. Pretorius (VC), K. Janat (C)
Bowlers: M. Theekshana, A. Tye, P. Hatzoglou, Naveen ul-Haq