Taiwan Daredevils vs Taiwan Dragons
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The beauty of the T10 format is such that a team can play more than one match in a day with ease. After all, even two consecutive matches add up to the shortest recognized international format of cricket. This is exactly what the Taiwan Dragons have to do as they play their second match of the day against the Taiwan Daredevils.
The Taiwan Daredevils have won one out of the two matches they have played. Like two other teams in their group and have a shot at topping this group by winning this match. The Taiwan Dragons seem to be up against a difficult proposition once again.
It is a little difficult to determine what kind of batting line up the Taiwan Daredevils have because they have shown such wildly different performances in the two matches they have played. In the first match, the Taiwan Daredevils could manage only 48 runs in their allotted ten overs. A sub-par performance that saw them lose without much of a fight.
The next time around, the Taiwan Dardevils chased down 72 in just eight overs while losing just three wickets.
The Taipei T10 League has seen scores of around 65 as par and anything above that is a good total. To chase down 72 in eight overs shows the batting of the Taiwan daredevils cannot be taken lightly.
The performance of Jeff Black at the top of the order was the defining one for the Taiwan Daredevils. He is sure to open the batting again and will be the biggest wicket for the side.
The Taiwan Dragons will come into this match after having played a match against the Hsinchu Titans. Depending upon the result of the previous match, the Taiwan Dragons will know if they actually have something to play for in this match.
A loss in the previous match is going to put them out running for a potential top-spot. The format of the Taipei T10 League is such that the remaining six teams are going to be seeded and put into two more groups fighting for the remaining semi-final spots. This is why the Taiwan Dragons should not lose hope whatever happens.
The dismal batting performance from the Dragons in the only match they have played is something that is going to mean some changes in the upcoming match. A change in the batting order is likely as the team tries to get off to a better start.
The bowling was not too much better either and this is why the bookmakers are not realy given the Taiwan Dragons too much of a chance. This may be one match to take a bit of punt, though, because we think the Taiwan daredevils are pretty dependent on Jeff Black for their runs.
Athula Senadeera and Santosh Yadav are the two players to watch out for with the bat.
Pitch and Conditions
The standard of the teams is nowhere close to the international and the conditions are similarly amateurish. The contest is being played on artificial turf which should at least make sure that the conditions do not change for either team. The outfield is pretty quick and the ball travels nicely. The current weather forecast does not predict any rain on match day.
The Taiwan Daredevils have been given the favorites tag in this match but we think they may be being a bit overvalued by the bookmakers. Jeff Black was the difference between their terrible performance and the vastly improved one the second time around. If he gets out early, the Taiwan Dragons may be able to spring a surprise.
Bet on the Taiwan Dragons to win with odds of 2.40 at ComeOn (at the time of writing).
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