About the Match
Queensland comes face to face with Victoria in the eighth match of the tournament on 13th October at Sydney. Victoria have already played three matches and are heading the points table with 12 points whereas Queensland have just played their 1st match of the tournament against Western Australia and had a comfortable win, opening their account with 4 points. Victoria is a strong side who won their previous 3 matches comfortably, with 2 to 4 overs to spare, irrespective of the target. Queensland is not far behind and shows a lot of promise after an emphatic win over Western Australia in their first game. This match is sure to see a lot of fireworks, with the players from both teams being in top shape.
Queensland totally annihilated the West Australian team in their opening match today, reducing them to just 118 within 43 overs, after posting an imposing target of 202, with Hartley opening the innings and contributing well with a score of 64 runs and Reardon blasting the bowling to seven 4s and 3 sixes in his 92 off 110 balls. The team has a tight bowling unit comprising of fast and spin bowlers and hence can effectively handle varying situations as the match progresses. The off-breaks from Jason Floros were very effective as he scalped 3 West Australian wickets, with able support from Hauritz, Lynn and Cutting The team has to make in-roads to the solid defense of Victoria especially that of White and Wade, and negotiate Boland and Hastings in initial overs and the leg breaks of Fawad that were quite economical against New South Wales.
Wade has been efficiently handling his team in overpowering the opponents in the tournament so far, though the bowlers haven’t been too disciplined, conceding too many extras. The top order has been consistent and has resisted the opponents quite efficiently, with Quiney opening the innings. They need to find a good opening partner to give a better start to the innings, so that the pressure on the middle order is eased leading to efficient handling of the slog overs for better gains. White has been in good form with over 80 runs in both innings that he played, blasting 12 fours and 1 six against New South Wales and 6 fours and 4 sixes in his 86 against South Australia. They have the required firepower in bowling, with Fawad displaying quality spin bowling against Tasmania, accounting for four important wickets. Boland has been impressive in opening the attack and he showed his tremendous quality against New South Wales with three for 42 in his 10 overs. The team needs to improve the running between the wickets in order to avoid exposing the tail.
Both teams have equally strong batting line up but the Queensland team seems to be more flexible in fielding and can easily exploit the weaknesses of the Victorians. The Sydney wicket seems to aid the spinners where Fawad, Floros and Lynn will surely demonstrate their prowess to help their respective teams win. However considering their form and the better options available with Victoria, they are more likely to emerge victorious.
Victoria, 1.61 @ Bet365