AL vs INDM Match Preview
Misbah ul-Haq is in excellent form this season and has played well in the middle order, putting up scores of 73 and 44. However, the team will need other batsmen to chip in to take some pressure off Misbah. Openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga have played well in patches and will be hoping to put up a better performance here.
However, the likes of Shahid Afridi and Asghar Afghan have failed to perform with the bat. The pace attack for the Lions is pretty strong, thanks to the presence of Sohail Tanvir and Abdul Razzaq. Shahid Afridi and Abdur Razzak will take up the duties of full-time spinners while Mohammad Hafeez and Dilshan will fill in during the middle overs.
The batting has been one of the weakest aspects of the Indian Maharajas this season, as except for Gautam Gambhir, none of the batsmen seem to be playing well. Gambhir, who is the captain of the team, has led from the front, scoring half-centuries in both matches so far.
Robin Uthappa and Mohammad Kaif got a decent start in the last match but failed to convert them into a big inning. However, the big names in Indian T20 cricket, Suresh Raina and Yusuf Pathan haven’t been able to get going. Stuart Binny has struggled with the bat. Harbhajan Singh has been the pick of the bowlers from India Maharajas, picking up 2 wickets each in both matches.
We might see some occasional showers on Tuesday with an overcast sky predicted for most of the day.
The surface in Doha is well-balanced and provides an even contest between the bat and the ball. The average first-inning score here is around 165. The stadium has seen some rain yesterday and that will make the pitch a bit tricky to bat on.
Yusuf Pathan's Explosive Batting
Yusuf Pathan is well-known for his aggressive style of batting. In his last 7 outings, he has scored 223 runs at an impressive strike rate of 162.77.
There are no updates regarding injuries in either squad.
AL vs INDM Probable 11
AL Playing 11
- Upul Tharanga (Wk)
- Tillakaratne Dilshan
- Shahid Afridi (C)
- Misbah ul-Haq
- Asghar Afghan
- Abdur Razzak
- Abdul Razzaq
- Sohail Tanvir
- Mohammad Hafeez
- Paras Khadka
- Thisara Perera
INDM Playing 11
- Gautam Gambhir (C)
- Pragyan Ojha
- Harbhajan Singh
- Yusuf Pathan
- Irfan Pathan
- Murali Vijay
- Suresh Raina
- Robin Uthappa (Wk)
- Praveen Tambe
- Mohammad Kaif
- Stuart Binny
We are backing the Asia Lions to win this match. They have been clinical in their performance so far and have dominated the opposition in all aspects of the game. On the other hand, the Maharajas haven’t applied themselves well and the batting appears to be particularly weak for them.
Harbhajan Singh: Harbhajan Singh has bowled well in both matches this season, picking up 4 wickets. The track in Doha is perfect for his style of bowling.
Misbah ul-Haq: Misbah ul-Haq is in sublime form this season. He scored a brilliant half-century in the previous match against the Maharajas and we expect him to continue with his good form.
Sohail Tanvir: Sohail Tanvir has been among wickets in both matches played so far and is quite economical too, giving away just 6 runs per over.
AL vs INDM Dream11 Team 1
Keeper: R Uthappa, U Tharanga
Batters: G Gambhir (C), Misbah-ul-Haq (VC)
All-rounders: I Pathan, S Afridi, M Hafeez, T Dilshan, S Binny
Bowlers: H Singh, S Tanvir