WG vs AL Match Preview
The Giants will be relieved to see that Chris Gayle has finally managed to hit some good form as he scored a half-century to set the tone for their win in their last match. Gayle, along with Shane Watson and Aaron Finch makes up a formidable top order for the Giants.
Ross Taylor, who is batting lower down the order, has the capability of scoring some quick runs toward the end of an inning, while Hashim Amla lends stability to the batting. The Giants have a lot of depth in their batting thanks to the presence of all-rounders like Samit Patel, Ricardo Powell, and Tino Best. Brett Lee bowled a brilliant spell in the last match, picking up 3 wickets for just 18 runs, and was well supported by fellow seamers Chris Mpofu and Tino Best.
The Asia Lions will once again depend on Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan to give them a good start here. The duo put up a solid stand of 73 runs for the opening wicket before Dilshan departed for 32 runs. Dilshan has got good starts but has failed to convert them into a match-winning inning so far.
Tharanga on the other hand scored a brilliant half-century and will be looking to put up a similar performance here. It is however Misbah ul-Haq who has been the most consistent performer for the Lions this season and has an average of 58.50 from 3 innings.
However, the form of the middle-order batsmen, including Thisara Perera, Asghar Afghan, and Abdul Razzaq remains a cause of concern for the Lions. Sohail Tanvir has been the pick of the bowlers for the Lions, picking up 4 wickets. Tanvir, along with Mohammad Amir and Shoaib Akhtar forms a formidable pace attack.
The weather is likely to remain clear with temperatures below 25 degrees Celsius.
The West End Park Stadium has hosted 5 matches during the last week, leading to some deterioration in the pitch. Nevertheless, it is still a good surface to bat on, with an average first-inning score of 150-160. The bowlers will get some assistance thanks to the rough patches on the pitch.
Abdul Razzaq’s All-Round Performance
Abdul Razzaq has been one of the finest all-rounders for Pakistan in the last couple of decades. In his T20 career, Razzaq has scored 2578 runs at a strike rate of 131.06 and has also picked up 135 wickets.
There are no updates regarding injuries from either side.
WG vs AL Probable 11
WG Playing 11
- Chris Gayle
- Aaron Finch (C)
- Shane Watson
- Brett Lee
- Monty Panesar
- Ricardo Powell
- Hashim Amla
- Ross Taylor
- Samit Patel
- Morne van Wyk (Wk)
- Tino Best
AL Playing 11
- Misbah ul-Haq (C)
- Tillakaratne Dilshan
- Upul Tharanga (Wk)
- Thisara Perera
- Mohammad Hafeez
- Asghar Afghan
- Abdul Razzaq
- Abdur Razzak
- Sohail Tanvir
- Shoaib Akhtar
- Mohammad Amir
We are backing the World Giants to win this match. They have some of the biggest T20 players, including Aaron Finch, Chris Gayle, and Shane Watson in their batting line-up, who can be quite devastating on their day. The team also has plenty of options in their bowling, including some quality seamers as well as spinners, which gives them an edge in this contest.
Misbah ul-Haq: Misbah ul-Haq has been the most reliable batsman in the Lions’ squad this season. He has scored a total of 117 runs in 3 innings at an excellent strike rate of 164.78.
Chris Gayle: Chris Gayle scored an excellent half-century in the last match and seems to have hit some good form. Gayle is arguably one of the most devastating batsmen in the T20 format and has scored 14562 runs at an astonishing strike rate of 144.75.
Brett Lee: One of the fastest bowlers in the history of modern-day cricket, Brett Lee is exceptionally talented and a great asset for any team. He has picked up 109 wickets in his 120 T20 appearances so far.
WG vs AL Dream11 Team 1
Keeper: U Tharanga
Batters: Misbah-ul-Haq, C Gayle (C), A Finch, R Powell
All-rounders: A Razzaq, S Watson (VC), T Dilshan
Bowlers: S Tanvir, B Lee, T Best