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Three weeks ago, when the tournament began, neither Chennai Super Kings nor Delhi Daredevils would have envisaged themselves to be in this position midway into the tournament. Cricket Betting Tips Free While the most followed team in the IPL are playing at a new home, the perennial underachievers have a new captain already with Gautam Gambhir's future looking bleak.
On the table, they are at the opposite ends of the spectrum. Cricket Betting Tips Tipped to possess the most destructive batting lineup this season, Daredevils have found the going tough and have lost five out of seven whereas Super Kings, ridiculed as an 'old outfit', have just done the exact opposite to be placed second with ten points.
All is not lost though for the Daredevils as exemplified by their performance against Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday (April 27). The makeshift batting order came together at last with Shreyas Iyer leading by example. Cricket Tips Iyer and Prithvi Shaw scored 155 runs between them to help their side set a nice platform for a massive win. In the bowling department, Match Tips Trent Boult has been consistent but Avesh Khan and Liam Plunkett's introduction into the XI has worked wonders. With Amit Mishra also finding his mojo back in the last game, Daredevils will be fairly confident against a side that will look to manage the workload of some of their players.
With Deepak Chahar ruled out for a couple of weeks and the need to rest some of their ageing players with a tight schedule coming up, Super Kings will probably be ringing in some changes. Suresh Raina looked in delightful touch during the loss to Mumbai Indians whereas Amabati Rayudu and MS Dhoni continued to contribute as well but the lack of runs from Sam Billings and the lack of clarity over Ravindra Jadeja's role will be a cause for minor concern for now. Cbtf Cricket In the bowling department, they will look to ease the burden on Dwayne Bravo for death over duties. Even though Lungi Ngidi is back in the squad, the situation calls for someone like Mark Wood to be included.
When: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils, April 30, 2018, 8 PM IST
Where: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
What to expect: Temperatures are expected to be warm throughout the game.
Chennai Super Kings
The likes of Mark Wood, David Willey and Karn Sharma could come into contention with Super Kings playing their second game within 48 hours.
Predicted XI: Shane Watson/David Willey, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Mark Wood, Shardul Thakur
The visitors have no reason to change their winning combination and are expected to stick with it.
Predicted XI: Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan
Head to Head of teams
CSK 11 - 5 DD
Team Record at that particular venue
DD have won three out of their five games in Pune including their last two.
Raina vs DD: Raina has struggled against DD scoring only 491 runs at 28.88 with just two fifties from 20 innings.
Harbhajan vs DD: No one has taken more wickets against DD in IPL than Harbhajan's 21. He averages 20.19 against them at an ER of 6.68.
IPL 2018 trends
DD and CSK have lost the fewest wickets in the last five overs - eight and 12 respectively. CSK average 35.25 with a scoring rate of 12.32 in the last five while the same for DD is 35.38 and 11.32.
DD have taken the most wickets in the last five - 21 - taking a wicket every 8.47 overs, conceding a boundary every 6.36 balls compared to the tournament average of 5.00 in this phase.
ABOUT THE MATCH
West Indies took a thrashing in the first T20 match of their Pakistan tour as they lost the contest against the hosts by a whopping 143 runs. Pakistan and West Indies will lock horns in the 2nd T20 of the series at Karachi on 2nd April, wherein the visitors will try to draw level to keep their hopes alive. Cricket Betting Tips Free The Windies suffered the disadvantage of being jetlagged for the opener and would need to give their best shot here if they want to stun the hosts; Pakistan, on the other hand, has shown their prowess with bat and ball and could come out all guns blazing yet again to inch closer to a 3-0 whitewash.
Youngsters like Fakhar Zaman and Hussain Talat, who have done well in the PSL too, did well to build a solid foundation while batting first against the Windies. Cricket Tips While Zaman scored 39 off 24, Talat top-scored with 41 off 37 to keep the scoreboard ticking. Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik pitched in with 38 and 37 runs respectively, and they took the total to a massive 203.
The bowlers then struck hard at the visitors and dismissed them all-out for just 60 runs on board. Speedster Mohammad Amir was impressive with 2-3 in the opening spell while spinner Mohammad Nawaz also claimed 2-19 to stifle the top-order. Cricket Betting Tips Spinners Shoaib Malik and Shadab Khan took 3 wickets between them to wrap up the match while others like Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali and Hussain Talat contributed with a wicket each.
Pakistan is a solid unit with in-form batsmen and bowlers, who could yet again edge past the visitors to keep their winning momentum on home turf going.
Bowlers like Samuel Badree, Keemo Paul, and Rayad Emrit put up a horrific performance as they gave away too many runs owing to their lines and lengths going haywire. Added to it was the poor fielding quality and the hosts were galloping away to 56-1 in the first six overs. Cricket Tips Free Despite a wicket each by Keemo Paul, Emrit and Rovman Powell, they couldn’t contain the Pakistani batsmen from reaching the joint-highest T20 total of 203 runs.
Apart from Marlon Samuels and Chadwick Walton, nobody in the top-order managed to score a single run; players like Andre Fletcher, captain Jason Mohammed and experienced batsman Denesh Ramdin were duck-out in a humiliating way. Cbtf Samuels top-scored with 18 runs and they were all-out for a meager 60 runs by the 14th over. Cbtf CricketThe squad is weak without players like Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo, who have done well recently in the World Cup Qualifiers.
Experienced players like Andre Fletcher, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels and Chadwick Walton must take up the task of building a good foundation if batting first or while chasing a target in the upcoming match. Cbtf Betting Tips Spinner Samuel Badree and fast-bowlers Kesrick Williams and Rayad Emrit bring variety to the attack and could try to fire from all cylinders to contain the hosts here.
While the dazed visitors suffered a horrible defeat in the opening game, they do have resources to bounce back in the upcoming match. Cricket Betting Tips FreePakistan is upbeat with its massive win and with the home advantage, they are clear favorites to win again on Monday.
About the Match
The final of the Pakistan Super League 2018 is finally here. Cricket Betting Tips We think that the two teams to have made it to the finals fully deserve their spot and promise to make the final a memorable one. Islamabad United started the tournament a little slow but then took off in the middle and became the first team to book their place in the knockout stages. Cricket Betting Tips Free Peshawar Zalmi suffered a few hiccups and was faced with a must-win situation for their last three encounters. Like last year, the defending champions managed to overcome all those challenges and are here again.
Which one of these two teams will be crowned champion of the PSL 2018?
The winners of the inaugural PSL back in 2016, Islamabad United had a rough start to this year’s campaign. The person to turn it around for them has been Luke Ronchi. Betting Tips Free Never recognized for being the most consistent batsman, Ronchi has set the tournament alive with his big-hitting exploits.
His 94 not out off 39 balls turned a relatively difficult chase into a cakewalk and propelled Islamabad United into the Final. Ronchi is going to be the most important player for Islamabad United in this game as well.
It is not just a one-man show for Islamabad, though. Cricket Betting Tips JP Duminy has embraced his role as a leader of this side and will be captain for this final. Misbah ul Haq is expected to miss the game because of injury. Duminy and Ronchi have been the backbone of this batting effort for Islamabad.
More than Ronchi, who can be explosive but difficult to predict, it is Duminy that we think will have an impact on this game. Cricket Tips Free He is good against spin bowling and has plenty of experience of playing in conditions similar to what he will face.
Chadwick Walton should slot in for Alex Hales who refused to travel to Pakistan. Match Betting Tips The loss of Hales will be a big loss for Islamabad United since he is one batsman who can also win games on his own. Local players like Sahibzada Farhan, Hussain Talat, and Asif Ali have had success going into this match as well.
The Islamabad United bowlers will have a tough time keeping the Peshawar Zalmi batting quiet but that is exactly what they have to do. Online Cricket Betting Faheem Ashraf is the leading wicket-taker of the tournament, Mohammad Sami has been a prolific wicket-taker as well, and Shadab Khan seems to be getting into some rhythm at this late stage in the tournament.
Islamabad is carrying some serious momentum into this tournament and will be tough to stop.
The defending champions of the PSL can expect to be the crowd favorites in this title clash as well. Darren Sammy has won the Pakistani crowds over while local boy Kamran Akmal is the most exciting batsman of this tournament.
Can Kamran Akmal continue to play with unbelievable freedom in the final? In a lot of ways, this final is going to be about his personal rivalry with Luke Ronchi as the best batsman of this year’s PSL. We think Akmal can be very difficult to stop if he gets going and so Islamabad must try and pick him off in the first few deliveries.
Andre Fletcher, Mohammad Hafeez, and the overseas all-rounders will be supporting Kamran Akmal as they attempt to win this match. Cbtf Liam Dawson and Darren Sammy need to be careful that they do not leave themselves too late in this match because they have both shown the ability to score very quickly.
Mohammad Hafeez is the one batsman that we actually think can harm Peshawar by batting for too long.
Peshawar Zalmi seems to be a good chasing team and that is what they would like to do in this match.
Where Peshawar seems to have a real advantage over Islamabad is in their bowling attack. Cricket Match Betting Tips Chris Jordan, Hasan Ali, and Wahab Riaz are three supreme T20 bowlers. They can bowl with great control and pace at any stage of the game.
Liam Dawson, Darren Sammy, Umaid Asif, and Sameen Gul are also in the team to help complete the overs as per the need of the game.
Peshawar Zalmi will go into this game believing they can win. They have done exceedingly well in must-win matches so far and will be full of confidence.
Pitch and Conditions
Karachi has not hosted a match of this magnitude in a long time. Free Cricket Betting Tips The stadium is actually in the middle of renovations although we expect the work on the pitch to have been completed well in time. Batsmen from both sides can expect a flat batting deck for the final. Boundaries will be brought in to allow big hits from both sides and bowlers will struggle for any kind of assistance.
Two strong batting sides promise to play out a high scoring thriller.
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Once again in this heated series, off-field events have taken centre stage. Kagiso Rabada, South Africa's brilliant paceman, was cleared on Tuesday (March 20) to play the rest of the series after successfully appealing his two-Test ban for breaching the code of conduct.
There has been much uproar, especially in Australia, over the contentious decision ensuring this soap opera of a series continues to be mired in controversy. Cricket Betting Tips Free Almost lost in the backdrop, of course, the hotly contested series is evenly poised heading into the crucial third Test at the picturesque Newlands, one of the most iconic cricket grounds in the world.
After a resounding second Test victory, South Africa have the momentum fuelled by Rabada's sudden availability. The speedster was all over Australia's wobbly batting in Port Elizabeth en route to an 11-wicket man-of-the-match performance.
Apart from being defied by a dogged Mitchell Marsh knock in Durban, South Africa's bowlers have been firmly on top through skilful bowling and well-concocted plans. Cricket Betting Tips They have managed to keep stars Steve Smith and David Warner firmly in check with the Australian captain struggling to curtail wily left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.
Like their counterparts, South Africa's batting has at times wobbled but AB de Villiers has been the difference between the teams. While Smith and Warner have underwhelmed, de Villiers has been brilliant and the standout batsman in the series. Cbtf Cricket Betting Tips For the first time when armed with their frontline pace attack, of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, Australia have been rattled and they have had no answers for de Villiers's inimitable batting.
Most importantly, South Africa may have found the right formula in Port Elizabeth. Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla painstakingly blunted the bowling with a defiant partnership, which was criticised at the time by Australian pundits. Cbtf Cricket However, it paid off as Australia's tiring attack was flayed in the backend of the innings by de Villiers and the tail allowing South Africa to gain an invaluable lead.
Australia's attack has been widely hailed as the best in the world but perhaps it can be curtailed by indefatigable batting. Betting Tips Free Lingering concern remains over the quicks, who have each broken down with injuries in the past. None of them are quite capable of being used as a workhorse.
Knowing this, South Africa's strategy of making them tire looks like a wise one although batting for the long haul could be challenging on a Newlands pitch expected to be green and favourable to seam bowling.
With the new ball expected to move notably, Australia's susceptible batting order will once again be in the firing line in conditions they have long struggled in. Online Cricket Betting Tips No Australian batsman is averaging more than 40 in the series and no centuries have been struck to clearly illustrate their inability to kick on. Every batsman has made starts but, frustratingly, failed to make substantial scores in a major headache for Australia.
As per usual, Australia will lean heavily on Smith to regain his best after an uncharacteristically barren opening two Tests. With Smith and Warner's output significantly down, Australia's brittleness has been exposed and further question marks hover over the line-up after promising signs during the Ashes albeit in the comforts of home.
The tourists have received a tonic with Starc and Mitchell Marsh declared fit after shrugging off injury concerns.
Amid the hubbub, expect more firecrackers out in the middle to continue this highly competitive battle. Cricket Tips Free In a quirk, Cape Town has been a fortress for South Africa except against Australia, who memorably wrapped up a series victory there in 2014.
This isn't the decider but, undoubtedly, Australia or South Africa can gain a stranglehold of the series with a triumph in Cape Town.
When: Thursday, March 22, 2018; 10:30 AM local, 2:00 PM IST
Where: Newlands, Cape Town
What to expect: The weather should be fine throughout the Test. The wicket is expected to be grassy and favour the quicks. Free Cbtf Cricket Tips There should be plenty of seam movement with the new ball but reverse swing might not play a major role compared to the opening two Tests.
With Rabada available, the Proteas have narrowed their squad down to 13 players, leaving them with two decisions to make. Match Betting Tips Temba Bavuma's hand is back to full strength so he will be considered against Theunis de Bruyn, while Lungi Ngidi has a toe problem, which means Morne Morkel could come back into the frame. Faf du Plessis admitted that selection targets are on his mind - South Africa were two players of colour short in Durban and one short in Port Elizabeth - but did not give an indication of how big a factor it would be in this selection.
Probable XI: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi.
There were concerns over the fitness of Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh but both have been cleared to play. Free Cricket Betting Tips Australia will once again go in within an unchanged line-up.
Australia XI: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Did you know?
- Nathan Lyon is four wickets shy of 300 Test scalps. He would be the first Australian offspinner to reach that milestone and the fifth offspinner overall.
- Australia are the only team to defeat South Africa in Cape Town since readmission. During this period, Australia have claimed four victories and lost just twice - in 2009 and 2011.
- Hashim Amla is inching closer to 9000 Test runs, needing 123 to become the 15th batsman to reach the landmark. Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith are the only South Africans with more runs than Amla.
What they said:
"There is a big hype away from the game but I don't think it's gotten into the team's space just yet. The guys are still really focused and motivated and the series has been good. Cricket Betting Tips It's two quality teams trying to compete against each other so it's been great cricket and it's obviously set up nicely at 1-1. If you look at the last two games where there is an hour where a team slips up, the teams are so strong that they can push ahead in the game." - Faf du Plessis
"Looking at the first two Test matches we haven't had someone go on and score a hundred. Cricket Betting Tips Free That's really big for us. If we can get someone in the top four to go on and make a big score it will set the game up for us. That hasn't been good enough in the first two games and we want to turn that around." - Steve Smith
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It's time for high stakes in the Nidahas Trophy 2018 as hosts Sri Lanka and Bangladesh get ready to lock horns in a virtual semifinal on Friday (March 16) at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Having lost to India the previous evening, Bangladesh received a sweet tonic when news of Shakib Al Hasan joining the squad broke through. Cricket Betting Tips Free The star all-rounder had been nursing a finger injury but following a smooth net session in Dhaka earlier, the decision to include the 30-year-old was made. Shakib's inclusion, if he passes the assessment, will not only add meat to Bangladesh's middle-order, which at present is heavily reliant on Mushfiqur Rahim, but also boost their spin potency with Nazmul Islam and Mehidy Hasan not proving to be as penetrative.
Sri Lanka, too, will be delighted to learn that their in-form opener Kusal Mendis is 'fit and ready to play', after he suffered a quadriceps muscle strain while fielding in the game against India on Monday. Cricket Tips Free Mendis has made the opener's spot his own after earning that promotion on the Bangladesh tour, and with four fifties in his last five T20Is, there has been no looking back. Much like their opponents, the hosts, too, are reliant on their wicketkeeper-batsman, Kusal Janith Perera, who will be expected to carry his form forward. Cbtf Betting Tips So far, both the Kusals haven't failed together and if that had to arrive at some point, Sri Lanka would need their middle-order to stand up.
The eerie similarity of both the teams in this tournament spills into their bowling departments too. Only Rubel Hossain has managed to hold his own in Bangladesh's pace battery, while none in Sri Lanka's fast bowling department has offered any semblance of assurance. Cricket Betting Tips The spinners too, have hardly made an impact, with Akila Dananjaya only making a late redemption through a fine performance in the last game. This clash also presents both teams with one final opportunity to up their spin game before they face off against India, who with Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal, have given nothing easy to the batsmen.
When: Friday, March 16, 7 PM Local
Where: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
What to expect: The weather forecast in Colombo remains the same with thundershowers expected during late afternoon or early evening. Free Match Winner Tips However, that's a 50-50 chance and shouldn't dent the playing conditions as much. Humidity levels rising up to 86 percent, though, will cause a worry.
The hosts will be happy that opener Kusal Mendis has received a go-ahead to feature in the much important clash. His partner, Danushka Gunathilaka, though, is yet to make his presence felt. Cricket Betting Tips Free With plenty of bowling options in the eleven, they could be tempted to beef up their batting by bringing in Dananjaya de Silva.
Probable XI: Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka/Dhananjaya de Silva, Upul Tharanga, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera (c), Jeevan Mendis, Akila Dananjaya, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera
If Shakib passes the fitness test, his inclusion will be a tricky decision that the management will need to make. With Liton Das having delivered once at the top of the order and Soumya Sarkar their most consistent T20 batsman, there's no possibility of a chop-and-change at the top. Online Cricket Betting Tips In such a case, the 30-year-old Shakib, in all likelihood, will replace Mehidy Hasan, given he can also offer those four overs of spin, while strengthening the batting in conjunction with Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah.
Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah (c), Sabbir Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Abu Hider Rony, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam
What they said:
He [Shakib] has to be assessed like other players, to see if he is fit. If he is fit, then someone of his class and calibre is something that we will have to consider. Free Cricket Tips First we need to assess him and then make an announcement - Courtney Walsh, Bangladesh head coach.
If you know our bowlers, I think in T20s, we have a very young attack. Some of them have played less than 10 matches, but that's not an excuse. That's why we are here, we want to give them experience. The challenge for them is the conditions - Chandika Hathurusingha, Sri Lanka head coach.
It's a good time to be a Bangladesh cricket fan. Cricket Betting Tips FreeThe smiles are visibly back and courtesy a stunning run-chase over hosts Sri Lanka, they have thrown the tournament wide open. Cricket Betting Tips Till a little while ago, Bangladesh were desperately scouring for a win, more so in the shortest format, one they admittedly have been poor at. What the fourth-highest successful run-chase has done though, is it has lifted their sagging spirits. However, inclement weather in Colombo has hit their preparations building up to the big clash quite badly. Big brothers India, on the other hand, will be glad to have pocketed their second win, more because their middle order came to the fore and brought them a win without much fireworks from the usual suspect - Shikhar Dhawan.
The need for both departments to come together in cohesion has been highlighted by skipper Mahmudullah on multiple occasions. Cbtf In the opening game, their batting flopped in the face of some tight bowling from India, and in the second game, their bowlers were found guilty of hitting wrong lines and lengths on a wicket that was already relentless on the bowlers. If the batters and bowlers can combine together for a cause, Bangladesh might get closer to upsetting India in a T20I, something that they have never achieved in six attempts now. While their top five - Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, are bubbling with confidence, they would do well to rebound some of it on Taskin Ahmed, who's gone over 11 runs an over on an average in the tournament so far. Mustafizur Rahman has used his change-ups well on the tour so far but the team will need Rubel Hossain and him to tighten up the noose further in the first six overs.
There's not much that should bother India barring some names not living up to their reputation. Skipper Rohit Sharma is due for runs on the tour and although he showed some spark at the top of the innings in the previous game, he's yet to come into his own. The red-hot form of Dhawan had meant that there was hardly any pressure on the rest of the batting line-up, but his rare failure on Monday served as the perfect audition for Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik, who brought along their sensible best to see India home. Cbtf Cricket Tips The other batsman who will be disappointed is Suresh Raina. Free Cricket Tips While he's been striking the ball clean since his comeback in the South Africa T20Is, he is yet to play that one big knock. Monday night provided him the perfect setting before he over-attacked to throw his wicket away, and as a result, fluff an opportunity too.
When: Wednesday, March 14, 7 PM Local
Where: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
What to expect: Having hampered Bangladesh's training sessions in the two days they had in between games, Colombo's weather seems set to disrupt proceedings on Wednesday too. There's a possibility of thundershowers in the evening, although not as high. With the groundsmen having been at their proactive best, there should be action, even if curtailed.
Having finished a game late on Monday night, the team opted to stay indoors, providing no peek into their minds about the selection plans for the next game. But, India are likely to continue with KL Rahul, whose stay at the crease was cut short by him stepping onto the stumps. Cbtf Jsk Whether Deepak Hooda can come in place of Vijay Shankar will be a conditions-driven call given the pacer might relish the overcast conditions more than the offspinner.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Vijay Shankar/Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal
Taskin Ahmed's below-par performances in the two contests could start bothering Bangladesh, and in that case they might look in the direction of Abu Jayed and Ariful Haque. Free Cricket Betting Tips The duo managed to crank up some pace in the nets facility after having waited for the weather to clear up for long on the eve of the match.
Probable XI: Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah (c), Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Nazmul Islam, Liton Das, Abu Jayed/Ariful Haque, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan
What they said:
"Even before embarking on this tour, we had a clear goal in our mind that we have to make it to the final. The goal is always to win, we haven't lost our head over the previous win, we are still grounded. Cricket Betting Tips There are question marks about our T20 skills, but I am hopeful we will be able to remove it steadily. We want to create a Bangladeshi brand of cricket" - Mahmudullah, Bangladesh captain
ABOUT THE MATCH
Islamabad United has continued to go from strength to strength in this tournament. Cricket Betting Tips A win in this match will give them the top spot in the league standings. Their opponents, the Multan Sultans, could also move to the top spot with a win but would have played two games more than everyone else. Cricket Match Betting Tips A loss for the Multan Sultans in their last league game will actually leave them vulnerable to possibly being overtaken by Peshawar Zalmi. That eventuality would probably see them miss out on a semi-final berth.
The Multan Sultans will play their last league game against Islamabad United. Free Cricket Betting Tips Their last match was a comprehensive thrashing at the hands of the Karachi Kings and they will definitely want a better performance this time around.
Kumar Sangakkara is the second highest run-scorer in the tournament right now with 268 runs to his name. Cricket Betting Tips He has been the lynchpin of the Multan Sultans batting but cannot be expected to win matches on his own every time. Shoaib Malik has fallen away as the tournament has progressed while Sohaib Maqsood is just too inconsistent to be relied upon.
We are all waiting for that one inning from Kieron Pollard that will justify the reputation he commands but there is no indication of when it might come. Match Betting Tips And let us not get started on Ahmed Shehzad. Why would any team continue to play him at the top of the order when he eats up too many balls and does not score enough runs?
Sohail Tanvir seems like a good bet to try as a pinch hitter at the top of the order. As things stand, the Multan Sultans are struggling with their batting order. Cricket Tips Free Recent evidence suggests that they will need plenty of runs against Islamabad United.
We are a lot more positive about the bowling attack for the Multan Sultans. Cricket Tips Imran Tahir is the leading wick taker in the league while Mohammad Irfan is one of the most economical. Hardus Viljoen and Junaid Khan did not have a great time in the last match but they can be counted upon to bounce back strongly.
If Multan can get through the Islamabad top-order then they may be able to expose a relatively soft underbelly.
JP Duminy and Luke Ronchi are having the Pakistan Super League season of their dreams. Both the players have been prolific at the top of the order and are setting up wins with consistency. Betting Tips Free We, looking at their team from a betting perspective, don’t like the fact that they are so top-heavy but the results have been exceptional.
Is there anything to suggest that JP Duminy and Luke Ronchi will be able to sustain this pace throughout? Cbtf Cricket No, but there is nothing to suggest they will not either. At this point in time, we have to respect their winning momentum.
Islamabad United will also be able to avail the services of Sam Billings to beef up their middle order from this match on. Free Cricket Tips One of either Samit Patel or Steven Finn could find their head on the chopping block of Islamabad United decides to go that way.
Past record suggests that Duminy is much more likely to be able to continue his run-scoring spree than Ronchi and that is the way we are leaning as well. Useful contributions from Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, and cameos from Faheem Ashraf have helped Islamabad United outscore their opponents with ease.
The Islamabad bowling attack has been coming together pretty nicely over their last few matches as well. Cricket Betting Tips Mohammad Sami continues to pick wickets but can be expensive, Samit Patel picked 4 wickets in the last game, Finn is economical on most days, and Shadab Khan is finding his rhythm as well.
With Faheem Ashraf and Zafar Gohar also doing well, currently, this Islamabad lineup does not have too many things to worry about. We think the temptation for Islamabad United would be to continue with the same unchanged team but beefing up their middle order should be a priority. They do not want to be in a crunch match and lose their openers cheaply without having adequate backup.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The last round of league matches before the knockouts will be played in Sharjah. Jsk Betting Tips The first set of matches at the venue was characterized by a slow pitch, low bounce, and some extremely short boundaries. Cricket Betting Tips A similar sort of pitch is expected for this match, although we hope to see some more bounce to start off with. The weather is expected to be sunny with no chance of rain.
Islamabad United the first match between the two teams earlier this season with ease. In their current form, they should be able to defeat the Multan Sultans again.
ABOUT THE MATCH
The Nidahas trophy 2018 has come alive after Bangladesh’s spectacular victory over Sri Lanka. Match Winner Tips All the three teams are equal on points and separated only by net run rate. Cricket Betting Tips Any two could make it to the finals. Sri Lanka managed to beat India quite convincingly the first time these two teams met in the competition, but repeating that performance is not going to be easy. India found a better balance with its young team in the second match and should be a much bigger threat.
The hosts scored 214 runs in their last match against Bangladesh and then failed to defend it. Cbtf Tips How will that affect their confidence going forward? We think Sri Lanka will treat that loss as a one-off and move on quickly.
There are plenty of positives to build on despite that loss. Kusal Perera has continued his consistent form and is scoring runs at an unbelievable strike rate. Cricket Tips Free 140 runs from two innings puts him just five runs behind Shikhar Dhawan as the leading run scorer in the tournament.
Kusal Mendis also scored plenty of runs and his partnership with Gunathilaka at the top of the order is going to be crucial. Cricket Betting Tips Free India’s new ball bowlers are young and can be put under pressure which is exactly what the top-3 for Sri Lanka will try to do.
With batsmen like Tharanga, Thisara Perera, and Dinesh Chandimal also in the playing eleven, the Sri Lankans should be looking to outscore a depleted Indian batting lineup as well. Cricket Tips There are not too many things that need to be changed with the Sri Lankan batting and perhaps the only change we would like to see is for Chandimal to shunted down to number 6.
As happy as the Sri Lankans will be with the batting, their bowling is in serious need of rejuvenation. Suranga Lakmal must be brought into the playing eleven in place of Chameera to bolster the attack. Cricket Betting Tips Akila Dananjaya has also been going through a tough phase and maybe giving him a break would be a good idea as well.
The Sri Lankan skipper is struggling to find overs from his regular bowlers and has to turn to his part-timers much too often. This is something that can really come back to bit Sri Lanka against India.
A poor loss to Sri Lanka and an easy victory against Bangladesh has left India right in the thick of things. They will now hope to consolidate their position in the tournament going forward. Jsk Betting Tips With each team having two matches to play, the possibility of net run rate coming into the equation is a reality. The only way that a team can ensure its passage to the finals is by winning both its remaining matches.
India will need Rohit Sharma to regain form against Sri Lanka and we are backing him to come good. Ipl Betting Tips Rohit Sharma is one of the most destructive batsmen going around in the shortest format of the game. A poor start to the series will mean that he is doubly anxious to set the record right.
India will also have learned from its previous defeat to Sri Lanka and realize that they need to score a lot more runs against them. Expect Rohit Sharma to start aggressively and possibly score a big one. Shikhar Dhawan is in the form of his life and will continue to bat as he has been. Two fifties in two matches and the current highest scorer of the tournament, Shikhar Dhawan will be the wicket that Sri Lanka is most desperate for.
India will be concerned about Rishab Pant’s place in the team. Two failures may have pushed him to the brink of being dropped in favor of Lokesh Rahul. Cricket Match Betting Tips This management backs young players and so he may get another chance in this match but Pant is drinking at the last chance saloon for sure.
Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, and Vijay Shankar are all looking to establish themselves in the first choice Indian team. Cricket Betting Tips Free They need clear thinking and an aggressive approach to really stand out. We also think Washington Sundar is a player that can surprise the opposition with his batting. Cricket Bazzigar Tips His domestic record is excellent and he could be very useful if needed.
The Indian bowling was very good in the last match. Jaidev Unadkat took three wickets but every other bowler was economical as well. Against Sri Lanka, these bowlers will be tested much more but will hopefully have some plans in place.
Both teams have a stronger batting lineup than bowling and can be expected to be put under pressure while on the field.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
A high chance of rain has been forecast for this match. We have been lucky with the weather in Sri Lanka so far but it looks like this match is going to be rain affected. Session Betting Tips Hopefully, we are able to get a game in and not have to share points with a washout.
The pitch has been excellent in the series so far. Lambi Pari Tips Free The batsmen can expect another batting paradise if they do in fact get to play on it.
The tall chase against Sri Lanka was becoming increasingly eerie for Bangladesh, although their two best bets in Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah were out in the middle. Cricket Betting Tips The script was swiftly moving in the direction of their ill-fated 2016 World T20 clash against India in Bengaluru. Back then, Bangladesh needed 11 off the final over, and then 2 off the last three balls, after which, came an unexpected nosedive.
On Saturday (March 10), Rahim pulled out an audacious reverse sweep to score his first boundary, followed by an even more audacious fist-pump celebration. Cricket Betting Tips Free In an innings filled with madness, where he stepped out to the bowler to slap him over cover, and walked away from the stumps to scoop it for four, Rahim hardly did anything wrong. When Mahmudullah departed, there were still 21 needed to win but unlike the Bengaluru fiasco, one of the two senior men stayed till the end to take the team through, thus ending a drought that had extended for far too long.
That was a high-stakes World T20 game, this was a tri-series group stage fixture - and yet the win would've given Bangladesh a sense of liberation.
Desperate times need desperate measures and when a side has been scouring for a win as badly as Bangladesh, being smashed around for 214 doesn't help. In reply, Bangladesh opted for a sudden promotion to the opener's slot for Liton Das, even as Soumya Sarkar had not put a foot wrong at the top. Free Session Betting Tips Yet, Tamim Iqbal had his reason for making the shuffle. And a tactical one at that. "We knew that they will come out with the offspinner, that was one of the reasons to promote Liton and that plan worked for us. Match Betting Tips When you are chasing down 215, you pretty much need to attack everyone, you cannot relax. Whatever shots we played, we connected and those went for boundaries. Cricket Tips Free The opposite can happen on other days, but I am proud today," Tamim said after the five-wicket win.
There have been multiple factors for Bangladesh struggling to find their T20 formula - from their much-discussed middle-over woes to their not-so-penetrative bowling.On Saturday, the latter persisted, but the batting covered up. Cricket Betting Tips Free After leaking 70 runs in the powerplay, they made up for it by bagging 74 themselves. Liton hit as many as five sixes and two fours during that passage of play, and set the stage up for the steep chase. Jsk Tips Free Tamim's contribution at the top cannot be discounted either, for his 29-ball 47 helped Sarkar settle in at the other end, who focused on rotating the strike. Cbtf Tips Only 48 hours ago, Bangladesh's problems with playing too many dot balls - 55 of them - had surfaced during their loss to India.
Rahim arrived at the crease in the mood for adventurism, earning his first boundary through a brave reverse sweep. Cricket Betting Tips In Hindi In the next two overs, he had hit two more sixes and a four. However, Bangladesh knew that in a demanding chase, a wicket had the potential to turn the tables completely. And against the run of play, the tourists lost Sarkar in the 15th over, with the asking rate still staying north of ten-an-over.
Mahmudullah's arrival though augured well for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh had to deal with a mini-battle within the bigger one - the task to overcome their fears that stemmed from the gut-wrenching loss at Bengaluru. For starters, the skipper had promised to return stronger from his lacklustre seven-ball stay in the previous fixture. And he did.
But with 22 remaining to get off the final 16 balls, Mahmudullah gave Bangladesh the feeling of Deja vu, when he found the mid-wicket fielder with a mistimed hit. Cricket Tips Free Two years ago, he had found the fielder in the same region when Bangladesh were on the doorstep of a memorable win. But the man who had departed just a ball before during that contest was still out there in the middleon Saturday, and seemed intent on not letting a repeat show go on.
The next man in, Sabbir Rahman, fell for a two-ball duck but the former skipper summoned all his experience to take the team over the line, with two balls to spare.
At the start of the tournament, an unhappy Mahmudullah had retorted to a journalist, saying what had happened in Bengaluru was in the past and that life had to move on. Indeed it had to, but a win from a similar situation wouldn't hurt one bit, as he found out on Saturday courtesy Rahim, who scored a masterful 72 off just 35 balls - an innings that had four sixes and five fours.
"This is what you call 10-12 years of experience, he has put all of that to use today. I don't think I can complain about anything today. Free Cricket Tips Had he been dismissed, I could have told him that - 'You should have finished the game.' But he did that too, I am very glad.
"The batsman who had made the mistake in Bengaluru, he didn't repeat ittonight. Cricket Betting Tips Free The way everyone criticised Mushfiqur [Rahim] that day, I believe, he should be praised as much for what he achievedtonight. This is a big step forward and for it to come at a time we needed it as badly, it is very satisfying. This is the best he has batted in a T20I," Tamim said in praise of his teammate.
In the end, Rahim did what the Bangladesh players call the 'snake dance'. He threw punches in the air and celebrated almost in the face of his opponents. Cricket Betting Tips He could be spared for that tonight though - he had just ensured his team would chase down the fourth-highest total in T20Is to end a long-lasting dry spell.
ABOUT THE MATCH
PSL 2018 is entering the business end of the tournament when teams start calculating what they need to do to qualify. Ipl Betting Tips The absolute decimation of the Lahore Qalandars has left five teams fighting for four spots. Both, Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United are among the contenders and would want to win this match to cement their position further.
Three losses and three wins from their six matches have left Peshawar Zalmi at 5th in the league standings at the moment. Cricket Betting Tips There is still no time to panic though because they are just a win away from the lead group. What they don’t want is to lose another match and start falling behind the leaders significantly.
This makes winning very important for Peshawar.
To make that win happen, Peshawar Zalmi will have to work on plenty of things. Cbtf Cricket Their bowling is going to be up against one of the in-form batsman in the league right now. Cricket Tips Free Their own bowlers were smashed all over the park by Sohaib Maqsood in the last match and will be low on confidence.
Liam Dawson has been very impressive in the Pakistan Super League this season and continued his good form. Cbtf Cricket Tips His four overs went for just 17 runs and included a maiden as well. He is probably the best bowler in the Zalmi unit right now.
We felt that Wahab Riaz was introduced a little late in the game and maybe that is something the management can look at going forward. Free Cricket Betting Tips Wahab needs to pick wickets because he is certainly not someone that will hold the runs down.
The dependence of the Peshawar Zalmi batting on Dwayne Smith is also quite troubling. Smith is the second highest scorer for the team after Mohammad Hafeez but his impact on the game is far greater. Cricket Betting Tips Smith has hit the most sixes in this tournament for Zalmi, has an excellent strike rate, and puts Peshawar Zalmi in a winning position whenever he spends some time at the crease.
Peshawar needs Darren Sammy back in the lower middle order to provide a boost but it is unclear if he will be available for this match. Match Tips The current state of the Peshawar Zalmi team is a little chaotic with some brilliant individual performances not translating to sustain team success. Cricket Tips If more of their players can perform at the same time then they will quickly rise towards the top of the league table.
Islamabad kept its winning streak intact as they chased down a par total by Lahore Qalandars in their last match with ease. Free Cricket Tips The runs came from the bat of Luke Ronchi who equaled the fastest fifty hit in a PSL match with some useful contributions from JP Duminy, Shadab Khan, and Misbah-ul-Haq to finish things off.
Islamabad’s batting has emerged as a dangerous weapon which it will rely on to win this match against Peshawar as well. We are, however, not quite convinced. Session Betting Tips Luke Ronchi is going through an excellent patch right now but history shows that he is not someone who scores runs consistently.
As and when his high-risk approach starts to fail, Islamabad will need to find some new performers from within their ranks. Lambi pari Tips Duminy is an excellent choice to bat at the top of the order and someone who we would base our batting plans around.
After the top-2 batsmen though there is a lack of quality. Misbah is far from the force he once was, Shadab Khan played a good cameo but asking him to do that everytime is not realistic, and the other Pakistani youngsters still need to prove themselves.
A look back at some of the earlier matches in the tournament will show that Islamabad United struggled when they lost early wickets and had to depend on players like Faheem Ashraf and Hussain Talat to bail them out.
Islamabad’s bowling is also not the strongest in this tournament. Mohammad Sami has been good and currently has 9 wickets to his name while Shadab Khan was brilliant in the last game he played. Session And Lambi Tips Apart from these two, though, Steven Finn has been inconsistent, Faheem Ashraf has been expensive, and Samit Patel ineffective.
The loss of Andre Russell will hit them hard.
Taking all things into account, we do not think that Islamabad will be able to sustain its current success and definitely think this is the right time to short them.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
Dubai has provided a very good pitch for T20 cricket so far. It is completely flat and offers decent bounce to keep the batsmen interested. Match Winner Tips The boundaries are also small and thus inviting to the big-hitters. Betting Tips Sunny weather without a cloud in sight has been forecast for match day in Dubai.
Peshawar Zalmi won the first encounter these two sides this season. Over the last five matches, though, Islamabad United has been able to register three victories. Online Cricket Betting Tips There is no doubt that current momentum is with Islamabad United and they will go in as the favorites. We, however, recommend betting against them in this match.
Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars, 20th Match – Prediction And Betting Tips
Pakistan Super League, 2018 Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars 20th Match today cricket match prediction 09 March 2018. So, read the full article to get the prediction of the match.
psl-league-2018The Pakistan Super League is also known as HBL Pakistan Super League (HBL). It is the professional Twenty20 domestic cricket competition in Pakistan. Cricket Betting Tips The tournament organized by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and will play six teams. The tournament format is Double round robin and playoffs. Free Cricket Betting Tips The defending champions are Peshawar Zalmi. Similar to the last two seasons, most of the matches of 2018 season will be played in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Cricket Tips Free The tournament started from 22nd February 2018 to 25th March 2018.
The All Teams:
Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United, Multan Sultans, Quetta Gladiators, Karachi Kings, and Lahore Qalandars
Pakistan Super League, 2018 today match is Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars. Cricket Betting Tips Multan Sultans has lost only two matches in the last seven matches and they stay the first place in the points table. On the other hand, Lahore Qalandars could not win any match yet in the last six matches and they stay sixth place in the points table. So Multan Sultans is favorite to win the match.
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Tournament: Pakistan Super League, 2018
Format: T20 League
Team 1: Multan Sultans
Team 2: Lahore Qalandars
Date: Friday, 09 Match 2018
Time: 11:30 AM GMT | 03:30 PM LOCAL | 5:30 PM BDT
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Venue Scoring Pattern
Avg 1st innings score: 141
Avg 2nd innings score: 125
Total Match Played: 46
Batting First Won: 22
Batting Second Won: 23
Highest Total: 211/3 (20 Ov) by SL vs Pak
Lowest Total: 71/10 (19 Ov) by Ken vs IRE
Highest score chased: 183/5 (19.4 Ov) by Afg vs UAE
Lowest score defended: 144/6 (20 Ov) by Pak vs Eng
Multan Sultans Possible XI
Shoaib Malik (c), Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Kieron Pollard, Sohail Tanvir, Darren Bravo, Ahmed Shehzad, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Saif Badar
Lahore Qalandars Possible XI
Fakhar Zaman, Brendon McCullum (c), Agha Salman, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Sohail Akhtar, Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Yasir Shah, Salman Irshad, Sohail Khan, Mitchell McClenaghan
Preview by Cricket Betting Tips
The South Africa-Australia Test series promised a hard-fought battle but relations have soured between the teams in ugly fashion and has left an unsavoury taste ahead of the second Test starting on Friday (March 9). Cricket Betting Tips Since the insults flew between David Warner and Quinton de Kock on day four in Durban, the much-anticipated series has unfortunately been overshadowed by bickering and accusations. Cricket Betting Tips Free Thankfully, the spotlight will return to the on-field action with the crucial second Test in Port Elizabeth set to shape the series.
Australia dominated the first Test with a comprehensive 118-run victory but their momentum may have been stymied by the Warner-de Kock saga with the team being widely admonished for their behaviour in Durban. Cricket Tips Undoubtedly, Australia would be disappointed that their terrific all-round performance in Durban has largely been relegated to the backdrop and, conversely, South Africa have somewhat escaped scrutiny for the lopsided first Test result.
As the dust settles from a turbulent week, a confident Australia can grab a stranglehold of the series with victory in Port Elizabeth and have predictably named an unchanged line-up. Their brilliant attack overwhelmed South Africa with only Aiden Markram and AB de Villiers managing any resistance in Durban. Cbtf Cricket Most ominously, spearhead Mitchell Starc ran through South Africa's tail in both innings and the electrifying left-armer looms once again as the match-winner on an St George's Park deck expected to be favourable to reverse swing.
Matching the hype, Australia has an unbeaten record from five Tests armed with their 'dream team' attack. Cricket Match Tips England and South Africa have been unable to muster much resistance and Australia's attack appears strengthened after an encouraging performance by allrounder Mitchell Marsh, who picked up the crucial wicket of Markram in Durban.
The quicks perfectly complement one another, while Nathan Lyon confirmed his tag as the world's best spinner by setting the tone with early wickets in South Africa's first innings. Even though Australia are surging with six wins from their past seven Tests, they still remain an unfinished product - most notably in batting.
Australia's brilliant bowling attack once again papered over some batting wobbles with the visitors unable to muster an individual century in the first Test. Free Cricket Tips Marsh saved Australia's first innings with 96 and propelled them to a score of 351, which proved more than enough but the brains trust would expect meatier totals moving forward.
Under-pressure opener Cameron Bancroft led Australia's tentative second innings with a half-century to ensure selectors wouldn't have to contemplate making any changes. Cricket Betting Tips However, question marks remain over temperamental No.3 Usman Khawaja, who has long struggled overseas and needs to perform in Port Elizabeth. Otherwise, his rollercoaster of a career will once again be delicately poised.
With their backs against the wall, South Africa showed enough fight in the backend of the first Test to believe a turnaround is imminent. Cbtf They appeared to be getting steamrolled early on day four before Markram's heroics ensured the Proteas avoided total humiliation.
However, South Africa's batting looked brittle and they need considerably better performances from the old guard of Hashim Amla and captain Faf du Plessis. Amla has been under Josh Hazlewood's spell across the past two series and needs to find a way to overcome his tormentor.
South Africa will feel more optimistic about their bowling after generally shackling Australia's batting in Durban. They would have rued a lacklustre performance early on day two which proved costly, highlighted by Morne Morkel's struggles. Cricket Betting Tips With their counterparts firing on all cylinders, South Africa's bowlers can ill-afford any lapses in Port Elizabeth but they can take heart from restricting Australia's stars Warner and Steve Smith.
Smith, in particular, has been almost impregnable in recent times but left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj has enjoyed success and perhaps uncovered a rare chink in the Australian captain's armoury. South Africa will well know that if Smith and/or Warner fire in Port Elizabeth then a series victory could well be forlorn.
Amid such a hotbed climate, with tensions simmering between the teams, the second Test in Port Elizabeth is set to be an explosive battle but, hopefully, without the controversies that marred the series opener.
When: Friday, March 9, 2018; 10AM local, 1.30PM IST
Where: St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
What to expect: The weather should be fine throughout the Test. There was a tinge of green ahead of the Test but the pitch is expected to be slow. Reverse swing could play a factor during the match.
Although Temba Bavuma has had another week of recovery and is batting pain-free, Faf du Plessis said that the batsman probably only has 80% power in the hand. In any case, Jsk Betting Tips Theunis de Bruyn's second innings effort in Durban should ensure that he keeps his place in the side. South Africa will consider tweaking their bowling line-up, but are likely to remain unchanged from the first Test.
Probable XI: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis (capt), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel.
Australia will go in with the same line-up from the first Test.
Playing XI: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon
Did you know
Nathan Lyon is seven wickets shy of 300 Test scalps. He would be the first Australian offspinner to reach that milestone and the fifth offspinner overall.
Since readmission, South Africa and Australia have split the two contests in Port Elizabeth. Australia won an epic Test in 1997 by two wickets, made famous by Ian Healy winning the match with a six, but South Africa returned the favour with a comprehensive 231-run victory in 2014.
Josh Hazlewood has dismissed Hashim Amla six of the last seven innings. The South African great averages 48.58 in Tests but a measly 5.17 against Hazlewood.
What they said
"Obviously there's been a fair bit going on the last couple of days but the boys trained well yesterday. Pretty quick turnaround. Free Cricket Betting Tips We played a really good game in Durban. It probably hasn't been spoken about much, but we played some good cricket and hopefully we can keep it up this week." - Steve Smith, Australia captain
"It's the norm when we play against Australia. It's just about getting us ready for a Test match. It's a big game for us, and we need to make sure that cricket does the talking." - Faf du Plessis, South Africa captain
Bangladesh's confidence is at an all-time low with just one win from their last 10 T20Is. However, India's defeat at the hands of hosts Sri Lanka in the curtain raiser would have provided them some solace, and the prospect of facing off against a second-string Indian outfit will only give them hope. However, that doesn't guarantee them a win at the outset and skipper Mahmudullah and his boys will do well to remind themselves of that.
The last time these two teams met it was probably overconfidence that got the better of Bangladesh after they had swiped off 9 off the 11 required, off the first three balls of the final over of the 2016 World T20. Mahmudullah, who was one of the crucial wickets to fall in that fateful over, knows how even a little bit of complacency could come back to haunt them. Cricket Betting Tips They are without Shakib Al Hasan and for starters, which robs Bangladesh off four miserly overs. His batting at a time when Bangladesh are struggling to sustain momentum through the middle order will be missed. Cricket Betting Tips Free However, opener Tamim Iqbal, before hopping onto the flight to Colombo, urged his teammates to not panic.
In the last 12 months, Bangladesh have played six T20Is and only three batsmen have scored over 100 runs - Soumya Sarkar (205), Mahmudullah (146) and Mushfiqur Rahim (110). Cricket Tips The glaring exception in this list is Tamim, who has played only two of these six games. However, the team will turn to him in these desperate times to provide them with a ballistic start at the top. Cbtf Tips The bowling too seems to be short on ideas with Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed and Rubel Hossain having been dealt harshly by the batsmen in recent times.
The challenges for the young Indian unit are different. Cbtf To be without six of its starting players including skipper Virat Kohli is a setback in itself but it depends grossly on how the youngsters stepping in perceive the situation. Cricket Tips Free While India will continue to make the best of these resources and win matches, they will also be tempted to present every youngster an opportunity to showcase their skills. Vijay Shankar's induction would have made the management happy while Shardul Thakur showed great heart to come back from a ravaging 27-run opening over. Free Cricket Betting Tips Washington Sundar was his usual self bowling with the new ball. Although the sample size of one loss is too little for India to seriously read into, they seem clearly confused with the balance of their side. Match Betting Tips Shankar and Suresh Raina will be expected to pitch in with four overs, whereas someone like a Sundar will have to double up his show with the bat whenever the need be.
As the series progresses, India will offer chances to Axar Patel and KL Rahul too - both having travelled with the team for some time now. Cbtf Cricket Tips Even Mohammed Siraj will have his chance at redeeming himself, so will Deepak Hooda who will look to showcase his prowess with the bat. All experiments without costing India a win.
When: Thursday (March 8), 7 PM Local, 1900 IST
Where: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
What to expect: Another humid day is expected in the capital city, but this time with a remote possibility of thundershowers in the afternoon. Cricket Session And Lambi Pari Tips Free Shikhar Dhawan spoke about the presence of dew in the opening game and that could show up again on Thursday.
India find themselves in a tricky situation, one where they will be divided between handing the other guys on the bench a chance but give the ones who played in the first game a little longer run. Free Match Winner Tips Mohammed Siraj could be drafted in to replace Shardul but the latter recovered well from the early jolt.
The No.3 conundrum continues to haunt Bangladesh in the absence of Shakib Al Hasan. Cricket baazigar They will, however, want Rahim to take up that spot. With the team in the middle of a prolonged losing streak, there's a lot of repair that needs to be done, and the best tonic in such times would be a win. But who stands up for them on the evening, only time will tell.
What they said:
The No.3 batting position has been playing on our minds for some time now. Sabbir Rahman had been doing well at that position, however in the past few games, the runs haven't really come but that is understandable, there'd be such phases for everyone - Mahmudullah, Bangladesh captain.
We are quite confident and we are going to go into the game with a positive mindset. We have just lost one game. Cricket Betting Tips It is not a big deal. Of course, we will learn from our mistakes. It is just a part and parcel of our work - Shikhar Dhawan, India's vice-captain.
India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammed Siraj, Rishabh Pant.
Bangladesh: Mahmudullah (c), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Abu Jayed, Taskin Ahmed, Imrul Kayes, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam, Abu Hider Rony, Liton Das.
Cricket returns to the Emerald Island as Sri Lanka gear up to host India and Bangladesh in a Tri-Nation T20I tournament. Cricket Betting Tips The second-ever Nidahas Trophy (1st in 20-overs format) will be played to commemorate the 70th year of Sri Lanka’s independence. Cricket Betting Tips All three regular captains – Virat Kohli, Angelo Mathews and Shakib Al Hasan — have been rested or injured, leaving their deputies in charge. Devoid of star players, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have ample chance to test out upcoming players from respective nations.
The opening match of the series will see India challenge Sri Lanka. Led by Rohit Sharma, India will be eager to check their bench strength having rested most of the regular players. Cbtf Cricket Tips The onus will be on experienced players like Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul to rise to the challenge. Cricket Tips Free It is perfect opportunity for fringe players like Manish Pandey and Karthik to stake claim to the No. 4 slot. Raina’s presence in the team makes a huge difference as he provides stability to a fragile batting line-up. Karthik’s wicketkeeping skills are unquestionable but his temperament while batting needs to be polished.
The all-rounder’s position will be contested by Washington Sundar and Vijay Shankar. Sundar might be given first chance, having featured for India before. Cricket Betting Tips Deepak Hooda, too, is expected to be handed his debut cap, to strangle the Lankans in the death overs. Cbtf Cricket Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat and Mohammed Siraj are likely to be India’s pace trio. Yuzvendra Chahal and Akshar Patel will marshal the spinning duties.
India Likely XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat.
Even before the Nidahas Trophy started, Sri Lanka were presented with problems of their own. Mathews, Asela Gunaratne and Shehan Madushanka will miss out due to injuries. Cbtf Jsk Niroshan Dickwella has been dropped due to poor form. Cbtf However, they will be happy to see Kusal Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep and Jeevan Mendis return. Dinesh Chandimal will rely on experienced players like Suranga Lakmal, Upul Tharanga and Thisara Perera.
The bowling will be spearheaded by Lakmal, supported by Thisara along with the help of Akila Dananjaya and Dushmantha Chameera. Free Cricket Betting Tips This series will be important from Sri Lanka’s point of view, as it will provide a clear image of the nation’s cricketing future.
Sri Lanka Likely XI: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Upul Tharanga, Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Jeevan Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dasun Shanaka.
ABOUT THE MATCH
The Pakistan Super League has always been a tightly contested league and PSL 2018 is proving to be no different. Cricket Betting Tips The Quetta Gladiators were one of the pre-tournament favorites while Islamabad United was supposed to be the whipping boy of the league. Currently, both teams are sitting on one win after two matches and both have a chance to improve on their performance so far. Cbtf Cricket Betting Tips With wins for both teams in their previous match, this encounter promises to be an exciting one.
An excellent bowling performance by Islamabad United’s fast bowlers set the stage for their victory against the Multan Sultans. Match Betting Tips The decision to draft Steven Finn into the team worked wonders as the Englishman went for just 14 runs in his four overs and picked up one wicket as well.
Rumman Raees was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets to his name while Mohammad Sami did well and took two wickets as well.
There would be some concern about the lack of impact that Shadab Khan has had in the tournament so far and Andre Russell’s continuing poor form. Shadab Khan first made his name in the PSL but seems to be trying a little too hard this season. Free Cricket Betting Tips All he needs to do is to be consistent and back his strengths because his talent is undoubted.
Andre Russell is clearly rusty and will take a few more games before returning to his best. Cricket Tips If the West Indian can come close to the kind of form he was in before his suspension then Islamabad United is going to become exponentially more potent.
The batting remains a problem for Islamabad United and this is where we think they will be caught out. Luke Ronchi registered another low score in the tournament while Chadwick Walton looks a little out of his depth as well.
Islamabad’s three overseas players scored a combined total of 28 runs, all from the bat of Chadwick Walton. Cricket Tips Free Even a low chase like the one they face in their last match can become problematic for Islamabad United.
We are keen to see whether Faheem Ashraf can continue to score some very useful cameos in the lower order. Cricket Betting Tips Free He bats with complete freedom and clearly has an excellent eye. If Ashraf, Asif Ali, and Hussain Talat can contribute runs consistently then it will keep Islamabad United in the tournament until their overseas players begin to come good as well.
Quetta may have started the tournament slowly but they absolutely crushed the Lahore Qalandars in their second match. Cbtf Cricket Jofra Archer bowled with fire to pick three wickets while Shane Watson bludgeoned sixes for fun.
The end result was a crushing victory for the Quetta Gladiators that will put them in an excellent frame of mind and boost their net run-rate as well.
Quetta will also be very pleased to have seen Asad Shafiq score runs at the top of the order. Batting has been the core strength of the Quetta Gladiators in the past and the blueprint that the team is working on this season as well.
Asad Shafiq, Shane Watson, Rilee Rossow, and Sarfaraz Ahmed are four excellent players in this lineup. Cricket Betting Tips In Hindi We have deliberately left Kevin Pietersen out of that list because we believe he is well past his prime and will struggle to make any impact this season.
In fact, we would much rather see Rilee Rossow come in at 3 or 4 than Kevin Pietersen.
Shane Watson struck 66 not out in the last match from just 42 balls. He is the kind of player that can get on a hot streak and make every game count. Cricket Betting Tips As fans and punters, we are definitely backing Shane Watson to make PSL 2018 his stomping ground.
While Quetta may have an excellent batting lineup, their bowling is not too mad either. Jofra Archer, Rahat Ali, Shane Watson, and Mohammad Nawaz make for a very decent lineup. Cricket Betting Tips Free Rahat Ali has the tendency to go for some runs and Shane Watson can be targeted by some teams as well, however, Jofra Archer provides the Gladiators the ‘X’ factor they crave.
Mohammad Nawaz and Hussain Khan may not be the biggest names in this lineup but their ten overs will be very crucial as well. Online Cricket Betting Tips We believe that Quetta has some weaknesses in their bowling lineup and this is where opposition teams will try to put them under pressure.
Chasing a big total could also shed some cracks in their batting lineup although, with a player like Shane Watson in form, Quetta Gladiators will be the favorites going into most matches.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
This will be the first match played in Sharjah and so we expect a much better pitch for batting. Sharjah has traditionally served up some excellent batting surfaces that are completely devoid of any help for the fast bowlers. Cricket Betting Tips The spinners may get a little purchase from the surface but the pitch should favor the batsmen completely, at least for the first few matches.