About the Match
Victoria made it to the finals of the Sheffield Shield by defeating Western Australia in the last match by 8 wickets; they will now take on Queensland, which is positioned 3rd on the table with 40.45 points, on 16th March at Brisbane for the last league match. Queensland will try to fight hard and make it to the finals since it has stiff competition from New South Wales, which is placed second. When they met the last time around, Victoria had emerged victorious by an innings and 81 runs; this time it’s a do-or-die contest for Queensland and will be determined to seek revenge here.
They recently defeated Tasmania by an innings and 172 runs after an all-round show by bowlers and batsmen; in reply to the opposition’s 150 in the first innings, they posted 437 before getting all-out and then the bowlers put a stranglehold on the Tasmania batsmen in the second innings, getting them dismissed for a measly 115 in less than 45 overs.
Speedster Peter George finished with a total of 6 wickets while Feldman and Gannon wrapped up with 5 each in an economical spell; Wildermuth, Ben Cutting and Labuschagne add depth to the attack and are consistently taking wickets to help the team win matches.
Wildermuth is a steady all-rounder, who scored a superb 110 in the last match and took 5 wickets in the match against South Australia.
Peirson and Cutting bring stability to the middle-order, and along with others like Labuschagne and Heazlett makes the batting line-up quite strong. Overall, they are at the cusp of making it to the finals and will leave no stone unturned to overcome Victoria here.
Victoria has a strong team of spinners and pacers, who can outwit any opposition with their precise and disciplined attack; Fawad Ahmed, Holland and Maxwell bring the spin options to the table while speedsters Pattinson, Chris Tremain and Daniel Christian make up the pace attack. In the game against Western Australia recently, they combined well to stifle the opponents and get them all-out for 146 runs in the first innings and demolish them for 258 in the second.
Pattinson was the leading wicket-taker with a total of 6 scalps while spinner Fawad Ahmed wrapped up with 5. The others contributed with regular breakthroughs and can repeat the winning performance yet again. In the previous outing against Queensland, spinner Holland had provided a total of 8 wickets while Boland, Tremain and Marcus Stoinis were effective with the dismissals.
Chris Tremain, Pattinson and Stoinis led the charge with the bat too, and they could easily pile up the runs against Western Australia to win the match. Against Queensland, Harris, Handscomb and Cameron White kept the scoreboard ticking while players like Maxwell, Matthew Wade and Finch make the top-order solid. They have already sealed the berth in the finals but can be a formidable force to reckon with here again.
Although Victoria leads the pack and has already made it to the finals, Queensland will be determined to make it to the finals. We feel that Victoria, who has already made it to the finals, could come out all guns blazing and register yet another victory over Queensland.