AL vs INDM Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Mar 18, 2023
We have now reached the business end in the ongoing season of the Legends League Cricket, as the Asia Lions take on the India Maharajas in an Eliminator on Saturday. The winner of this match will take on the World Giants on Monday.
Both teams haven’t had the best of times this season and have had their ups and downs. However, a look at the odds being offered by some of the leading cricket betting sites shows that the Maharajas have a slight edge here.
AL vs INDM Team Previews
The Asia Lions began their campaign on a strong note, winning both their opening games. However, they have faltered a bit since then and will enter this contest on the back of consecutive defeats.
The top-order has done a good job for the Lions so far, with the openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga both getting runs under their belt. However, the Lions will need Mohammad Hafeez and Thisara Perera to put up a big partnership with Misbah ul-Haq, who has been in sublime touch.
The Lions have a good depth in their batting with Shahid Afridi coming into bat at number 6. The likes of Abdul Razzaq, Sohail Tanvir, and Paras Khadka can bat too, giving the team an extra edge. The Lions have a strong pace attack consisting of Abdul Razzaq, Sohail Tanvir, and Mohammad Amir. However, except for Tanvir, none of the quicker bowlers have managed to have a big impact.
There are two specialist spinners in the squad, Abdur Razzak and Shahid Afridi and they will play an important role if the Lions want to win this match.
Asia Lions Playing 11
Asghar Afghan, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Upul Tharanga, Paras Khadka, Thisara Perera, Abdur Razzak, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohail Tanvir, Isuru Udana.
The Maharajas haven’t had the best of times in this tournament as they managed to win just 1 of their 4 matches during the group stages and finished at the bottom of the table. Albeit, that win did come against the Asia Lions, which should give them some amount of confidence.
Gautam Gambhir has led his side from the front and has scored half-centuries in all his 3 outings so far. The Maharajas will once again need him to play a big inning here. Robin Uthappa played a blistering knock of 88 in their previous meeting with the Lions, and together with Gambhir, will look to give his team a good start.
However, the form of other batsmen remains a cause of concern. Despite getting good starts, the likes of Suresh Raina, Mohammad Kaif, and Yusuf Pathan have failed to capitalize and put up a big scores. The bowling too has been pretty average so far, with Harbhajan Singh being the only one who has shown consistency.
Harbhajan and Praveen Tambe have picked up 10 wickets between them and the team will depend on them to stop the Asia Lions’ batsmen from hitting the big shots. The new-ball bowlers, Irfan Pathan and Ashok Dinda haven’t been able to make an impact and will be hoping to put on a better performance here.
India Maharajas Playing 11
Pravin Tambe, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Kaif, Ashok Dinda, Pragyan Ojha, Suresh Raina, RV Uthappa, Manvinder Bisla, Stuart Binny.
AL vs INDM Toss Prediction
4 of the 6 matches played on this ground have been won by teams batting first. We, therefore, think that the team winning the toss will likely opt to bat first here.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at Doha is well-balanced and offers something to the batsmen as well as the bowlers. The average first-inning score here this season is around 150, which is a par score. The skies will remain a bit cloudy but there is no chance of rain and the temperature will hover around the 25-degree mark.
AL vs INDM Betting Tips
Despite losing their last encounter against the India Maharajas, the Asia Lions will take some solace from the fact that they have a good record against them. The Lions have a strong top order with plenty of depth in their batting and also have a formidable bowling attack.
On the other hand, the Maharajas are dependent on only a couple of players and if they fail, the whole team is likely to crumble under pressure.
Bet on the Asia Lions to win here.
Bonus Cricket Bets
While Dilshan hasn’t scored any half-centuries this season, he appears to be in good touch and has got some decent starts so far. He has scored at least 21 runs in each of his last 3 outings and we are backing him to do so again here.