Cricket’s newest and shortest format, T10, is underway with some electrifying Cricket.
Few days into the tournament, the game has seen some explosive performances and legends of the past, showing their new skills in T10 Cricket.
With the T10 tournament entering the half-way stage, the Northern Warriors take on Team Abu Dhabi in one of the three encounters of the day.
Three games in, the Northern Warriors top Group A, with a win and two losses, while Team Abu Dhabi is second with just one win.
With just ten overs and a good number of wickets in hand, the tournament has so far favored teams chasing.
The batting line-ups have been packed with big names, and bowling has been a little tough throughout the tournament.
So far, nine of the twelve T10 games have been won by the team chasing.
Three of the last four games, however, have been one by the team defending.
With teams winning batting first in the recent games, it could indicate that the pitches are getting tired.
With Abu Dhabi being the sole venue, the surface is likely to take a considerable load, despite the shortness of the format.
The Northern Warriors come into the game with a powerful top-order that has been firing consistently.
In Brandon King and Lendl Simmons, the side has a good opening pair, while Nicholas Pooran comes in at three to push the scoring.
Nicholas Pooran has been in terrific form through the season and helped his side get to unachievable scores such as 162 in the ten overs.
His performance has been crucial in helping the side win despite batting first, which has proved to be a difficult task in T10 Cricket.
The bowling has some reasonable quality as well, with Wahab Riaz finding form with the new ball.
Team Abu Dhabi is another powerful side but hasn’t found its rhythm yet in the tournament.
With Chris Gayle at the top, the team has many firepowers but has struggled to push through.
The likes of Paul Stirling, who has been in excellent form for Ireland, and Luke Wright make the side look better.
Despite the three stars’ presence, the scores haven’t been coming, which is why the side has managed just one win in the three games.
Their star batsman up to this point has been Joe Clarke.
The young batsman has provided his side with cameos in the three games and has helped put runs on the board despite the lack of support.
The bowling attack has been a touch inconsistent with spots of brilliance here and there.
Jamie Overton and Obed McCoy have looked good in parts and chipped in with some lovely spells in different parts of the three-game.
The attack is yet to do well collectively and may need to find their straps soon if Team Abu Dhabi challenges the top spots.
Players to look out for:
Throughout the IPL and BBL, Nicholas Pooran provided his side with some match-winning knocks and has bought his farm to the T10 league.
Leading the Northern Warriors, Nicholas Pooran has batted with an incredible strike-rate and is fresh off a 26 ball 89.
The knock consisted of twelve shots out of the ground, and it was his second half-century of the tournament.
His knock took the side to 162, allowing an easy win.
At the age of 41, Chris Gayle is still a big name across leagues around the world.
He is a crucial member of Team Abu Dhabi, but with scores of 4,5, and 9, Gayle has not lived up to his standards.
Knowing the champion batsman, a big score is always around the corner, and in a format like T10, which is suited for his batting style, he could be back to his dangerous best very soon.
Ground and Pitch:
All the games have been played in Abu Dhabi so far, and the scores have been high.
With a good batting pitch, and a right boundary size, the batsmen have been very expressive, and the teams chasing are at an advantage.
With not much time for the pitch to change, the surface is likely to remain the same throughout the game, and chasing could continue to be the preferred option at the toss