The Chennai Braves and Deccan Gladiators are all ready to lock horns in Game No. 18 in T10 League 2021-22 on Friday. The match will take place at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The Braves, led by Rovman Powell, have so far had a disastrous campaign in the ongoing edition of the T10 league. They have lost all five matches and are languishing at the bottom of the points table. Their net running rate of -5,069 is also the worst among the participating teams.
In their previous match on Wednesday, November 24, the Northern Warriors beat them by 19 runs. After putting the opposition in to strike first, the Braves’ bowlers flattered to defraud big time. The Warriors achieved a huge score of 152 for the loss of four wickets.
Kennar Lewis and Moeen Ali’s 49s with 19 balls broke the backbone of the Braves. In the run-chase, the Braves tried their best, but were thrown out for 133 in 9.5 overs. Bhanuka Rajapaksha and Ravi Bopara scored in their 30s but could not quite take their team home.
The Gladiators, led by Wahab Riaz, are ranked second in the standings, but another defeat could push them down the ladder. In their previous match, they lost to the Bangla Tigers by nine wickets. After being put in to strike first, the Gladiators scored 116 for five in 10 overs.
Tom Banton scored the top scorer for them with an 18-ball 30 with two fours and as many sixes. David Wiese and Odean Smith also came up with useful cameos. Their bowlers faltered to a large extent as the Tigers chased the goal down to 8.1 overs with as many as 11 balls left.
Can the Braves beat the Gladiators?
The Braves have shown very promising but have not been able to put together consistent performances. They must win at least three out of their last five matches to have any chance of qualifying for the next round.
The gladiators, on the other hand, should have a bit of low self-esteem after their defeat in the previous match. But they will fancy their chances against the Braves, who have not yet opened their account in the league.
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Prediction: Deccan Gladiators wins the match.
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