Bangla Tigers (BT) and Team Abu Dhabi (TAD) will lock horns in the 3rd place playoffs of the T10 League 2021-22 on Friday. The match will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Team Abu Dhabi, led by Liam Livingstone, started their T10 league with five wins on the trot. However, they lost their way in the middle of the tournament and were unable to finish in the top two. They defeated the Tigers by seven wickets in the Eliminator on Friday, December 3.
But Livingstone and Co. failed to carry forward the momentum in Qualifier 2 where they lost to Delhi Bulls by 49 runs. After electing to field first, the Abu Dhabi bowlers did well to restrict the Bulls to just 109 for the loss of seven wickets in 10 overs.
Sheldon Cottrell and Livingstone got two wickets apiece, while Paul Stirling, Marchant de Lange, and Jamie Overton each got one wicket. However, the run-chase turned out to be the equivalent of a nightmare for Team Abu Dhabi. The Bulls shot them down for a mere 60 in 8.3 overs.
The Tigers, led by Faf du Plessis, had an impressive run in the first round. At one point they also found themselves at the top of the points table, but a few losses pushed them down. In the Eliminator on Friday, they lost to Team Abu Dhabi and crashed out of the tournament.
After being put in to bat first, the Tigers scored a mere 101 for four in 10 overs. Hazratullah Zazai scored 66 off 37 with five fours and four sixes but didn’t get much support from other batters. Team Abu Dhabi chased the target down in 6.5 overs with 19 balls left in their innings.
Team Abu Dhabi will lock horns with Bangla Tigers in the eliminator of the Abu Dhabi T10 League on Friday night.
Team Abu Dhabi narrowly missed out on a top-two spot and finished third in the points table with seven wins and three losses. Bangla Tigers, on the other hand, finished fourth in the league standings with six wins and four losses after ten matches.
Both sides are expected to come hard at each other as the winner of this game advances to the second qualifier, where they will fight for a place in the final. The losing side, meanwhile, will crash out of the competition.
TEAM ABU DHABI VS BANGLA TIGERS MATCH DETAILS:
Match: Team Abu Dhabi vs Bangla Tigers, 3rd playoffs, Abu Dhabi T10 League 2021-22
Date and Time: December 4rd, 2021, 5:00PM / 02:00 PM GMT/ 06:00 PM LOCAL
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Team Abu Dhabi vs Bangla Tigers Pitch Report
It is a batting-friendly wicket with some assistance for the spinners. The skipper winning the toss is expected to bowl first.
TEAM ABU DHABI VS BANGLA TIGERS WEATHER FORECAST
A bright and clear day is expected in Abu Dhabi today. While the chances of rain are only 1%, the temperature is expected to remain between 23 to 29 degrees Celsius.
TEAM ABU DHABI VS BANGLA TIGERS PROBABLE XIS
TEAM ABU DHABI
Team Abu Dhabi lost their last game to Delhi Bulls by 49 runs. The Bulls posted a massive total of 135/5 in 10 overs while batting first. Sheldon Cottrell was one of the rare bowlers who did well, picking up one wicket while giving away 20 runs.
Chasing the target, none of their batsmen could make a mark as the side could only manage 86/8 in 10 overs. Liam Livingstone finished as the top-scorer with 29 runs off 14 deliveries. Team Abu Dhabi might look to strengthen their batting unit by including Chris Gayle in place of Daniel Bell-Drummond for this match.
- Philip Salt (WK)
- Paul Stirling
- Liam Livingstone (C)
- Colin Ingram
- Chris Gayle
- Daniel Bell-Drummond
- Jamie Overton
- Danny Briggs
- Sheldon Cottrell
- Marchant de Lange
- Muhammad Farooq
Bangla Tigers defeated the Northern Warriors by 30 runs in their last match. Batting first, the Tigers managed a total of 119/1 in 10 overs. Hazratullah Zazai remained unbeaten after scoring 55 runs off 31 deliveries. The bowlers did an exceptional job defending the target and restricted the Warriors to just 89/6 in 10 overs.
Tom Hartley was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets for 12 runs in two overs. Mohammad Amir could replace Isuru Udana in the playing 11 to try and provide a boost to the bowling attack.
- Johnson Charles (WK)
- Hazratullah Zazai
- Will Jacks
- Faf du Plessis (C)
- Will Smeed
- Benny Howell
- James Faulkner
- Isuru Udana
- Mohammad Amir
- Tom Hartley
- Hassan Khalid
- Luke Fletcher
TEAM ABU DHABI VS BANGLA TIGERS MATCH PREDICTION
Both teams managed to win one game against each other during the league stage. While Team Abu Dhabi won the first game by 40 runs, Bangla Tigers returned the favor by winning the next match by 10 runs. The loss against Delhi Bulls in the last game could be an eye-opener for Team Abu Dhabi. They are expected to bounce back strong against the Tigers.
PREDICTION: TEAM ABU DHABI IS EXPECTED TO WIN THIS FIXTURE.