About the Match
Faisalabad Wolves come face to face with Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sep 18. Both have played one match each, gaining experience on the pitch and adjusting to the weather conditions. While the Pakistani team lost their opening encounter against Otago, Sunrisers managed an exciting win against Kanduratas. The teams have had the chance to analyze the approach of the opponents, by watching from the stands and decide their tactics. Faisalabad Wolves have to make a comeback in this match to keep their hopes alive. The winning team in this encounter will have a better chance to get qualified without much botheration for the last qualifying match.
Captain Misbah-Ul-Haq was deceived by the Mohali pitch and openers Ammar Mahmood and Ali Waqas failed to fire with the bat. After a good run at Zimbabwe, the captain put his best efforts with a good knock of 46 runs off 34 balls. Experienced players like Asif Ali and Imran Khalid in the middle order couldn’t provide the required support, except for Khurram Shehzad who scored 27 off 36. The bowlers weren’t spared and though Saeed Ajmal and Samiullah Khan got early wickets, the squad couldn’t contain the likes of McCullum and Boorder. lman behind the wicket has been contributing well. The fast bowlers need to step up their game and the batsmen have to necessarily regain their form. The team has to come back strong in tomorrow’s game.
It was an exciting match till the finish with Shikhar Dhawan and Perera providing much of the entertainment. Shikhar’s brilliant and powerful knock of 71 off 53 balls and Patel’s support from the other end with 52 runs was crucial. Perera’s amazing 32 runs from 11 runs in a pressure situation saved the day. The team has experienced overseas players and a fairly good mix of young Indian players who have proved well in the domestic and international competitions. Ishant Sharma took 2 crucial wickets and Sammy successfully removed Jayasuriya very early in the game. Steyn and Perera will provide a good attack supported by Ishant and Anand. Their variety in slow bowling will make this a tough team to beat.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has the first advantage going into this match after a fabulous win. Faisalabad Wolves are yet to strike and will have to come out all guns blazing to provide stiff competition to the opponents. Both teams will try and enhance their chances of getting qualified, not only based on points table, but also on NRR, if the decision rests on that number. The teams have the capability to blast the opposing bowlers over the fence and the crowd will be on their feet most of the time during the length of the match. It’s going to be a close match and certain go down to the wire till the last ball bowled. From the form and strengths of the players, we see Sunrisers winning the contest once again.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, 1.40 @ Bet365