About the Match
Queensland and New South Wales face off in their 4th match of the tournament with 9 points each from previous 3 matches. Both teams, meeting for the first time in the tournament, will try to dominate the proceedings in order to gain maximum points to close the gap with the group leaders. Though both teams are yet to play two more games after this one, the winner from this match will be in a clear position to come up in the points table, which ultimately would decide the semifinal status.
New South Wales:
They are fresh from their decisive win against the West Australian team, where they were able to surpass the target of 233 with 5 wickets in hand and 7 balls yet to bowl. The openers did a good job in establishing a sound base for others to come and put in their bit to achieve the target. Sandhu was excellent with the ball, claiming 3 wickets with an accurate and economical bowling support by Bollinger and an all-round effort by Abbott. Smith has been very consistent at No.3, and has been able to rotate the strike comfortably to keep the score board ticking. He is able to handle pressure and give confidence to the batsmen down the order, thus preventing a middle order collapse. Their bowling has the required teeth to bite the opponents and break their partnerships thus effective in destabilizing the opponents’ batting line up. The team is riding high with energy and enthusiasm to stride further on a winning note.
Their openers are well equipped with the top order providing a solid base for the middle order to fire with Moller filling the No.3 slot in preference to Burns. Moller seemed a better choice as he was able to hold one end scoring a half century in the last match against Tasmania. Their 1st match against Western Australia was dominated by Reardon and Hartley, when batting first and later Floros scalped 3 wickets, admirably supported by Cutting and Hauritz. Their running between the wickets needs improvement as they lost 2 important wickets at a juncture when they had to improve the run-rate and post a better total, by capitalizing on the good work of the top order. Gulbis accounted for Cutting and Reardon and hence restricted their score to 241. However, the bowling unit couldn’t bulldoze the Tasmanians and allowed them to progress inch by inch thus losing the match by 2 wickets. The team has to put this defeat behind them and make a strong comeback here.
New South Wales broke the back bone of the Tasmanian batting line in their 1st match and will try to repeat that performance against Queensland; it will be a close match with tensions running high. Queensland could not defend a good score of 241 against Tasmania, mainly because of the two run outs at a very crucial stage. Considering overall performance in the season, I think that the Queensland team has the required armor to beat the New South Wales team.
Queensland, 1.90 @ Bet365