Getting through the group stage in the Abu Dhabi T10 is an achievement, but for the Deccan Gladiators and Bangla Tigers, it’s merely the beginning. As they step into the Eliminator, both teams are only three victories away from claiming the coveted trophy. For the Gladiators, this could mean a shot at successive titles, adding extra motivation to their campaign.
In their encounter at the end of last month, the Bangla Tigers emerged victorious, securing two crucial points with a 20-run win. Now, as they meet again in the Eliminator, both teams are aware that they need to elevate their game to challenge for the ultimate prize.
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Deccan Gladiators Preview
The Gladiators, exuding the confidence of champions, have showcased their prowess at times during the tournament. However, they enter the Eliminator on the back of a 6-wicket defeat to Morrisville Samp Army in their final group stage game. Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Nicholas Pooran provided a quick start in that match, but the middle-order couldn’t capitalize.
Andre Fletcher emerged as a key player with an unbeaten 52 off 27 balls in the last game, smashing five sixes. In this knockout fixture, Gladiators will rely on him to anchor the innings. The bowling unit needs to step up, with Luke Wood and Trent Boult expected to make an impact with the new ball.
Deccan Gladiators Squad:
Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Nicholas Pooran (c), Andre Fletcher (wk), Andre Russell, Fabian Allen, David Wiese, Imad Wasim, Trent Boult, Luke Wood, Zahoor Khan, Nav Pabreja, Nuwan Thushara
Bangla Tigers Preview
The Bangla Tigers, understated yet effective, secured their place in the knockout stage, finishing fourth in the group. Their fourth win of the season against The Chennai Braves showcased the batting prowess of the Sri Lankan duo Kusal Mendis and Dasun Shanaka, who top-scored with strike rates over 210.
Mendis might see a promotion to open the innings in this crucial match. The bowling attack, led by Haider Ali, Dominic Drakes, Benny Howell, and Daniel Sams, holds the key for the Tigers. As they face the Gladiators in the Eliminator, the Tigers will aim to maintain their winning momentum.
Bangla Tigers Predicted Playing XI:
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Daniel Sams, Avishka Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Carlos Brathwaite, Benny Howell (c), Rohan Mustafa, Dominic Drakes, Haider Ali, Shannon Gabriel
As the Abu Dhabi T10 action continues, the weather is expected to play its part in the upcoming Eliminator between Deccan Gladiators and Bangla Tigers. The Friday evening fixture is anticipated to be hot, humid, and clear in Abu Dhabi. The temperature is unlikely to drop below 25 degrees Celsius throughout the game, providing a challenging setting for the players.
The tournament has seen a trend of runs drying up a bit, with bowlers gaining more influence as the competition progresses. A par total at this stage is expected to be in the range of 95-100, and the pitch is showing signs of offering turn to the bowlers. The teams will need to adjust their strategies to adapt to the evolving conditions, making every run precious and each wicket crucial.
Toss: To Bowl
While Delhi Bulls chose to bat first in the previous game, bucking the trend of chasing teams, we expect both Deccan Gladiators and Bangla Tigers to opt for fielding first in this crucial Eliminator. The conditions and the recent performances suggest that defending a total could be the preferred choice for the teams.
The Eliminator promises to be a closely contested battle, with both teams eyeing a spot in the next stage of the tournament. In such intense matchups, the performance of the opening batters often proves pivotal. With Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Nicholas Pooran leading the charge for Deccan Gladiators, we believe their explosive batting can provide the edge.
Prediction: Deccan Gladiators to Win
In what is expected to be a nail-biting encounter, Deccan Gladiators are our favored pick to emerge victorious and progress further in the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament. The firepower at the top of their batting order could be the deciding factor in this high-stakes Eliminator.