Team Abu Dhabi will lock horns with Bangla Tigers in the eliminator of the Abu Dhabi T10 League TONIGHT.
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 (TAD) and Bangla Tigers (BT) will lock horns in the Eliminator of the T10 League 2021-22 on Friday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Team Abu Dhabi, led by Liam Livingstone, was on a rampage after winning all of their first five matches. They looked set to top the points table. However, a series of losses in the second half of the campaign kept pushing them back. In the end, they slipped to third in the table.
On Thursday, December 2, Delhi Bulls defeated them by 49 runs. After sending the opposition in to bat first, the Abu Dhabi bowlers did a reasonable job. The Bulls got themselves up to 135 for five in 10 overs. Marchant de Lange didn’t get a wicket but had an economy rate of 5.50.
In their run-chase, Abu Dhabi flattered to deceive as they were restricted to 86 for eight in 10 overs. Phillip Salt and Livingstone scored in their 20s, but couldn’t see off the game. Adil Rashid and Dominic Drakes picked up three wickets apiece to take the Bulls over the finish line.
The Tigers, on the other hand, finished fourth in the points table with 12 points and a net run rate of 0.629. In their last league game, the Faf du Plessis-led team beat the Northern Warriors by 30 runs. After being sent in to bat, the Tigers racked up a score of 119 for one.
Hazratullah Zazai’s unbeaten 31-ball 55 led the charge for the Tigers. Thereafter, the Tigers restricted the Warriors to 89 for six. Tom Hartley was excellent as he picked up two wickets. James Faulkner and Luke Fletcher picked up one wicket each.
TEAM ABU DHABI
Team Abu Dhabi suffered a batting collapse in the previous match it played against Delhi Bulls. In a way, it is better to go through such a blip in a group match rather than a knockout one. We still have confidence in the batting lineup that Team Abu Dhabi has and expect a better showing in this next match.
Liam Livingstone and Phil Salt are going to be the key for Team Abu Dhabi but there are other match-winners in the lineup as well.
The bowling lineup has Merchant de Lange, Naveen ul Haq, and Sheldon Cottrell. De Lange has been quite impressive with the extra pace at his disposal but Danny Briggs as the lead spinner and a tendency of the attack to be expensive makes us a bit nervous.
The Bangla Tigers are one of the most dangerous sides in the T10 League and seem to have all the resources at their disposal but they somehow go through these phases where they just keep underperforming. For fans of the team, they would be hoping that this is not the case right now!
We like the batting lineup of the Bangla Tigers a lot. Hazratullah Zazai, Will Jacks, Johnson Charles, and Faf du Plessis form a very strong top-4. The middle and lower order is not as strong as maybe you would have liked but this is just a 10 over the game and the top-4 should be enough on a good day to win you the match.
The role of Benny Howell and Isuru Udana are going to be very important as well. Howell is one of the most economical bowlers of the T10 League while Udana can also be quite difficult to get away with his mix of slower deliveries. Tom Hartley, James Faulkner, and Luke Fletcher are all very good bowlers as well and we think the Bangla Tigers have an advantage in this aspect of the game.
TEAM ABU DHABI VS BANGLA TIGERS MATCH DETAILS:
Match: Team Abu Dhabi vs Bangla Tigers, Eliminator, Abu Dhabi T10 League 2021-22
Date and Time: December 3rd, 2021, Friday, 7:30 PM IST
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 on Friday. 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.