2018 T10 Cricket League – Northern Warriors vs Pakhtoons Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 2nd December, 16:00 (UK)

Where? Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Weather? 26-28c 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

NORTHERN WARRIORS

Coach: Robin Singh

Captain: Darren Sammy

  • The Northern Warriors bounced back from the loss in the qualifier to the Pakhtoons by demolishing the Maratha Arabians in he eliminator to reach the final and have the opportunity to avenge that loss to the Pakhtoons.

  • They will not be too concerned by the defeat on Saturday to the Pakhtoons as there was little to split the two teams in the 13-run defeat, but they will hope their big hitters Pooran and Russell can do more after combining for just 5 in that match.

  • Viljoen’s superb form with the ball continued and they may look to introduce him a little earlier in this match, and they are highly likely to go unchanged for this crunch final as they bit to win the title.

PAKHTOONS

Coach: Dean Jones

Captain: Shahid Afridi

  • It was not exactly plain sailing for the Pakhtoons as they beat the Warriors in the qualifier but they had Shahid Afridi to thank for his stunning knock of 59 from just 17 balls so they will be even more confident if their top order fire here.

  • The bowling attack has changed throughout this tournament with Willey and Gulbadin Naib featuring at times but they have been expensive throughout and unless they decide to throw Willey in for additional firepower with the bat.

  • Everything points to an unchanged team for this match following the qualifier win, although they will know they will likely have to raise their game another notch to beat this strong Warriors team.

THE PREDICTION

This match is a repeat of Saturday’s qualifier in which the Pakhtoons emerged victorious so it will be interesting to see if either team approaches this one differently. That match was close enough to suggest that it will not have an impact on this game, and the Warriors will be confident after having produced some of the best performances of the tournament so far. Their batsmen have really clicked into gear at times more than any other team but the Pakhtoons have their own destructive batsmen. This final could easily go either way, but the edge goes to the Warriors who have arguably been the best side throughout the tournament overall.