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22 Nov 2018 by Rob Esteva

2018 T10 Cricket League – Sindhis vs Kerala Kings Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 22nd November, 13:45 (UK)

Where? Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Weather? 26-28c with sunshine 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

SINDHIS

Coach: Tom Moody

Captain: Shane Watson

  • The Sindhis lost their opening match on Wednesday as they came up against an inspired Mohammad Shahzad who smashed 74 off just 16 balls in what was arguably the best performance in the T10 format so their confidence will not be too dented by that first loss.

  • They will feel that the batting performance was underpar however as only Shane Watson produced with the bat as the only player to reach double figures and they may find a place for Colin de Grandhomme to add more depth and firepower with the bat as well as a bowling option.

  • All four bowlers that they tried on Wednesday were hit for 20 runs or more so they will have to improve that facet of the game also and Ben Laughlin may also be given an opportunity here to bolster their bowling unit.

KERALA KINGS

Coach: Daniel Vettori

Captain: Eoin Morgan

  • The Kings got their title defence off to an impressive start on Wednesday as they comfortably beat the Pakhtoons by eight wickets as they overcame 109/5 in just 7.5 overs thanks to Stirling and Morgan’s big hitting.

  • The batting was impressive and Paul Stirling in particular picked up where he left off last year with 40 from 14 balls to get them off to a fast start but they do rely heavily on their top four batsmen to produce the goods.

  • Nepalese spinner Lamichhane picked up 3/17 in his two overs and showed just how dangerous he can be in this format as he played a key role in restricting the Pakhtoons to 109 when a higher total looked highly likely, so they will likely be unchanged here.

THE PREDICTION

The Kings kicked off their title defence in superb form as they looked strong with both bat and ball as they beat the Pakhtoons comfortably. The Sindhis were hammered although it is difficult to read too much into that match given Shazhad’s stunning fireworks. The batting will be a major concern however as only Watson hit double figures and they may face similar troubles here against four of the biggest hitters in the game at the top of the order for the Kings. The champions could follow up yesterday’s win with a second victory in a row.

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