The second round of Abu Dhabi T10 League 2019 ended yesterday and the top 4 teams will now battle it out in the playoffs. The Qualifier 1 match will feature the table-toppers Maratha Arabians and the second-placed Qalandars.
Maratha Arabians cemented the top spot with a resounding victory against the Bangla Tigers yesterday evening, with Yuvraj Singh and Najibullah Zadran being the stars for the Chris Lynn-led side. However, they may face a stiff challenge today because the Qalandars’ squad features the in-form Tom Banton.
Dawid Malan has captained the team very well in this tournament, and they have registered two back-to-back wins in the last two days. They defeated the Karnataka Tuskers by 32 runs on 21 November while in yesterday’s first match, they outplayed the Delhi Bulls by 3 wickets.
Talking about the recent form of the Arabians, they have an unbeaten streak of five matches going back to their loss to the Northern Warriors in the season opener. The Maratha side haven't allowed their opponents any breathing space, and they even thrashed the Qalandars by 47 runs in the group stage.
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Maratha Arabians will likely keep the same match squad that played last evening because it has a perfect blend of youth and experience. All eyes will be on Yuvraj Singh, Dwayne Bravo and Lasith Malinga as they will try to take the Arabians into the final.
Probable XI: Chris Lynn (C), Adam Lyth, Najibullah Zadran, Yuvraj Singh, Dasun Shanaka, Chadwick Walton (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Kasun Rajitha, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Shiraz Ahmed.
Tom Banton missed the previous match because of an injury issue. However, the English wicket-keeper batsman would have recovered fitness by now and he is likely to replace Peter Trego in the team.
Besides, if Chris Jordan is available to play then he can walk into the side replacing Sultan Ahmed.
Probable XI: Tom Banton, Dawid Malan (c), Phillip Salt (wk), Laurie Evans, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Chris Jordan, Seekkuge Prasanna, Jordan Clark, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Lahiru Kumara, Geroge Garton
Both the teams have a ton of momentum heading into this contest, and the fans are bound to get some quality entertainment at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium today.
Maratha Arabians may have a slight upper hand considering they had got the better of their opponents earlier in the tournament.
Maratha Arabians are expected to win this match.
When, where and how to watch?
Date: 23 November 2019, Qualifier 1
Time: 5.00 PM IST
Live Telecast: Sony SIX, Sony SIX HD, Sony TEN 3, Sony TEN 3 HD (Hindi)