ICCT Smashers vs Chiayi Swingers
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This next match for the ICCT Smashers is going to be their last in this group phase of the Taipei T10 League. There is a very good chance that the result of this match could determine if the ICCT Smashers have any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals or they go to the next round of group matches.
The Chiayi Swingers were outclassed in their only completed match of the Taipei T10 League so far and will need to improve dramatically. From what we have seen so far, the Chiayi Swingers appear to be the worst team of this group and maybe even the entire tournament.
ICCT United played well in their opening match but could not come away with a win. They ended up scoring 70 runs and had a good chance of defending the total but came up against a strong batting side. Dirvesh Jain was the best bowler for ICCT United in that match as he picked up two wickets and kept the runs down.
We feel he may have been brought into the attack a bit too late to have the kind of impact the team needed from him. Maybe a changed strategy where the best players from the opening match are given more of a role can be seen.
T10 is not a format where players have to be held back. In fact, teams want to start with their best players in every aspect of the game to try and give them the best chance of winning the match.
The Chiayi Swinger lost wickets early and could never get any sort of momentum in their inning. The one partnership they did have in the match came at a very slow strike-rate as well. Only one six was hit in the entire inning and one of the opening batsmen faced 20 deliveries without hitting a single boundary.
These findings do not talk of a team with a lot of hidden talent. A change in the batting order and perhaps a better bowling performance can help the Chiayi Swingers be more competitive but we don’t think they are going to be causing too many upsets in the Taipei T10 League.
Sidhesh Pilankar seems to be a batsman to watch out for while Pruthvi More was the pick of the bowlers in the previous match.
Pitch and Conditions
It is surprising that a small outfield, artificial turf, and innocuous bowling have not resulted in more runs. This can be down the quality of the teams, however, things should improve once the players start getting used to the conditions.
There is going to be no change in the conditions from what we have witnessed already. If anything, the outfield could actually be a bit quicker. There is no rain forecast for match day.
The Chiayi Swingers are the underdogs in this match and we have no reason to believe that was a mistake. The ICCT Smashers seem to have a better side than the Swingers in almost every aspect of the game.
Bet on the ICCT Smashers to win (Odds of 1.61 on Betway at the time of writing)
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