2018 T10 Cricket League – Maratha Arabians vs Bengal Tigers Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 1st December, 13:45 (UK)

Where? Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Weather? 27-29c with 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

MARATHA ARABIANS

Coach: Wasim Akram

Captain: Rashid Khan

  • It has been an inconsistent group stage for the Arabians but they beat the Sindhis when they had to in the final group match and they will be confident of beating any team in the knockout phase with the players at their disposal.

  • Rashid Khan is producing some of his best form at a key stage of the tournament as his three wickets against the Sindhis was arguably his best bowling display so far and he will be looking to continue that form here.

  • Aussie all-rounder James Faulkner was left out against the Sindhis and he may struggle to come back into the side based on his average form but the form of Hales and Zadran will give the Arabians confidence they can kick on in the knockouts.

BENGAL TIGERS

Coach: Stephen Fleming

Captain: Sam Billings

  • The Tigers come into the knockout phase in average form as they come off a heavy loss to the Kerala Kings and although their batting has improved in the last couple of matches, they have to improve their bowling now.

  • Morkel was left out of the last match and he is unlikely to figure here too given his poor wicketless form but Nabi and Narine are their only real wicket-takers at the moment and they will have to be on top form against the Arabians here.

  • Luke Wright came in for the match against the Knights and did not do much so they will be keen for Jason Roy to return here and make a big impact opening the innings, and they will need the likes of Narine and Rutherford to continue their improved form.

THE PREDICTION

This match really is a coin toss as both teams are relatively well matched and have shown some glimpses of brilliance at times. The very marginal edge goes to the Arabians for their better bowling attack, but as usual in this T10 tournament, much will depend on which batting line-up can fire. This could very well come down to Rashid Khan versus Sunil Narine who are key with both bat and ball, while the openers will also be key. The Arabians just get the nod in a game that could easily go either way.