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23 Nov 2018 by Rob Esteva

2018 T10 Cricket League – Punjabi Legends vs Northern Warriors Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 23rd November, 16:00 (UK)

Where? Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Weather? 28-30c and sunshine forecast all day

What channel is it on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream the match? This match cannot be streamed in the UK

Are tickets still available? https://www.q-tickets.com/t10/eventlist.aspx

THE TEAM NEWS

PUNJABI LEGENDS

Coach: Mushtaq Ahmed

Captain: Shoaib Malik

  • The Punjabi Legends showed their credentials in their opening win over the strongly-fancied Maratha Arabians on Thursday and that will give them plenty of confidence and belief to carry into the rest of the tournament.

  • Despite not possessing the star names as many of their counterparts in the competition, they have a number of short format specialists who are highly effective with the likes of Luke Ronchi proving to be invaluable at the top of the order.

  • With the ball, English duo Chris Jordan and Liam Plunkett showed why they are so highly rated and the Pakistani contingent of Sami, Umar Akmal, Anwar Ali and Hasan Khan also combine to give this team a strong if underrated feel to it.

NORTHERN WARRIORS

Coach: Robin Singh

Captain: Darren Sammy

  • The Northern Warriors were outplayed by the Bengal Tigers in their opening match on Thursday and they could well struggle in this tournament based on the calibre of the squad and that opening display.

  • Only Lendl Simmons showed anything like his true quality with the bat and they will need much more from their middle order if they are to compete in the tournament which increases the pressure on stars like Andre Russell and Ravi Bopara.

  • The heavy West Indian contingent struggled badly in the opening match with bat and ball other than Simmons, so they are under pressure in this match to significantly improve and react to that abysmal first showing.

THE PREDICTION

There are plenty of big names in both sides but one gets the feeling that the Warriors are just names right now rather than in-form players. The Legends were impressive in their opening match and look a strong contender in this tournament with some specialist players with bat and ball. The Warriors on the other hand look to have made selections based on collecting as many players from the Caribbean as they could, but they inspire little confidence. Barring any miracles from Andre Russell, the Legends have to be favoured here..

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