The curtain-raiser of the Abu Dhabi T10 League 2022 will see the New York Strikers lock horns with the Bangla Tigers at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, November 23.
The New York Strikers are one of the new entrants in this competition along with the Morrisville Samp Army and they would be looking to create a good first impression by registering their maiden victory.
The Strikers will be led by the iconic Caribbean all-rounder Kieron Pollard and have a wealth of experience in the form of Paul Stirling, Eoin Morgan, Andre Fletcher, Wahab Riaz, etc.
The Bangla Tigers, on the other hand, have been one of the best sides on paper in the last five editions, but are yet to make a appearance in the final. The side led by veteran Bangladesh all-rounder and T20I skipper Shakib Al Hasan would be hoping to go all the way this time around.
The Tigers have a well-balanced squad for this season with the likes of seasoned Australian all-rounders Ben Cutting, and, Daniel Christian, Pakistan pace sensation Mohammad Amir, etc.
New York Strikers vs Bangla Tigers, Match 1, Abu Dhabi T10 League 2022
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date and Time: November 23, 5:30 PM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming Details: Sports18, Jio Cinema.
The wicket at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium will be a fresh one and batting will be really easy during the initial phase of the tournament. Notably, teams were successful in chasing stiff totals in the range of 110 and 130 during the first 10 matches of the last edition. Therefore, the captain winning the toss will bowl first.
Probable Playing XIs for NYS vs BT
New York Strikers:
Azam Khan, Paul Stirling, Eoin Morgan, Andre Fletcher (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Kesrick Williams, Romario Shepherd, Wahab Riaz, Akeal Hossein, Muhammad Waseem, Ravi Rampaul
Hazratullah Zazai, Evin Lewis, Joe Clarke (wk), Shakib Al Hasan (c), Iftikhar Ahmed, Ben Cutting, Rohan Mustafa, Lewis Gregory, Jake Ball, Mohammad Amir, Matheesha Pathirana
Probable Top Performers from NYS vs BT
Probable best batter: Paul Stirling
Paul Stirling can go on to play a match-defining knock once he is well set in the middle. The Irish power-hitter is one of the most accomplished T20 players and known for his fearless approach in the Powerplay overs. He scored 170 runs in the seven matches of the T20 World Cup including six sixes.
Probable best bowler: Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir might not have been playing for Pakistan for a long time, but he has been proving his mettle in franchise leagues. Amir was an integral member of the Jamaica Tallawahs’ victorious CPL 2022 campaign with 16 wickets to his name from 11 matches averaging 15.6 and an economy rate of 6.43.
Today’s Match Prediction: New York Strikers to win the match.