Vancouver Knights are coming off an 18-run win in the last match while Edmonton Royals suffered a loss against Montreal Tigers by 16 runs.
Andre Fletcher, Luke Ronchi (wk), Shahid Afridi, Farhaan Behardien, Agha Salman, Abraash Khan, Sohail Tanvir (c), Mohammad Irfan, Hasan Khan, Wayne Parnell, Satsimranjit Dhindsa, Asif Ali, Shaiman Anwar, Umar Akmal, Christiaan Jonker, Ahmed Raza, Ammar Khalid, Simon Pervez
Chris Gayle(c), Evin Lewis, Chadwick Walton(w), Rassie van der Dussen, Andre Russell, Babar Hayat, Saad Bin Zafar, Tim Southee, Fawad Ahmed, Sheldon Cottrell, Jeremy Gordon, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Srimantha Wijeratne, Kamau Leverock, Steven Jacobs, Salman Nazar
In a short tournament like this, momentum plays a crucial role and Knights will certainly have it on their side when they set foot on the Maple Leaf Ground against Edmonton Royals.
The big gun and one of the most valued T20 players all around the globe, Chris Gayle is yet to fire for the Knights. Despite that, they have done quite well in the tournament till now and have won 2 matches out of their 3 games. Knights are currently at the third spot in the league. If Gayle manages to fire along with fellow opener Evin Lewis, Knights can be a force to reckon with.
However, Royals have bowlers such as Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir and Shahid Afridi who have the capability of stemming the flow of runs. For Royals, Luke Ronchi, Andre Fletcher, Kevin O'Brien and Shahid Afridi would be the most dangerous batsmen.
If either of Gayle or Lewis fire and set up a platform, Andre Russell is more than capable of causing mayhem towards the end of the innings. Russell is also clinical with the ball and would join hands with Tim Southee to form a formidable bowling pair.
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction*
Who will win? Vancouver Knights
Player of the Match - Andre Russell (Vancouver Knights), Shahid Afridi (Edmonton Royals)
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) - Evin Lewis (Vancouver Knights), Andre Fletcher (Edmonton Royals)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) - Tim Southee (Vancouver Knights), Shahid Afridi (Edmonton Royals)
Most Sixes - Chris Gayle (Vancouver Knights), Andre Fletcher (Edmonton Royals)
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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