Toronto Nationals vs Vancouver Knights 1st Match [ Prediction And Preview ]

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Toronto Nationals vs Vancouver Knights: PREVIEW

The wait is finally over. Canada will be the destination as some of the finest T20 players in the world get ready to ply their trade in the newest domestic T20 competition. While it may be sandwiched between the glitz and the glamour of the IPL and the CPL, Global T20 Canada will be looking to make its mark.

First, up will be the match between Toronto Nationals and Vancouver Knights. And one couldn’t have asked for a better start to the tournament. Toronto will be led by two-time World T20-winning West Indies captain Darren Sammy while Vancouver Knights will be under the leadership of the all-time leading T20 run-getter and the original superstar of the format, Chris Gayle.

Aside from the battle of the two West Indian captains, there are other storylines in this as well. This will mark the return of Steve Smith to the international spotlight as he will be playing his first game since the sandpaper saga that enveloped the game not too long. Then there is also Andre Russell, who will be keen to continue his impressive form from the IPL and show that the time away from the game hasn’t diminished his skills.

Who will come out on top in the first game of the Global T20 2018? Maple Leaf Cricket Club in Toronto will have the answer.

Date: 29th June 2018

Venue: Maple Leaf Cricket Club, Toronto

Time: 1.30 AM IST

What they say

“As a Christian, you commit sins, there are punishments for your sins. [It] doesn’t mean everything is okay, but there’s always forgiveness after you’ve committed your sins and paid the price, and you move on. Like we said, they’ve done that. They’ve missed out on IPL, they’ve been sacked and all that stuff, but at the end of the day life goes on.

“I think, as sportsmen, we want to do the right things, set the example for the next generation. We will make mistakes, but it doesn’t mean you’ve got to keep kicking a man when he’s down. That’s not the humane way to do things, and I think there’s a right to punish but there’s also a right to forgive and move on.”

Toronto Nationals captain Darren Sammy on the media coverage of Steve Smith

TOR vs VK Team News
  • 23-year-old off-spinner Nikhil Dutta is the Nationals’ top-rated Canadian player in the competition – and is quite likely to play.
  • Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Tim Southee and Andre Russell are all in contention to play for the Knights.
  • Refrain choosing Rumman Raees, M Naveed, H Talat and R Mustafa in your Dream11 team as there is no confirmed news of them playing today.
Toronto Nationals playing 11:
Wicket-keeper: Kamran Akmal
Batsmen: Johnson Charles, Steve Smith, Kieron Pollard, Nitish Kumar
All-rounders: Hussain Talat, Darren Sammy, Rohan Mustafa
Bowlers: Kesrick Williams, Rumman Raees, Nikhil Dutta
Vancouver Knights playing 11:
Wicket-keeper: Chadwick Walton
Batsmen: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Babar Hayat, Ruvindu Gunasekera
All-rounders: Andre Russell, Kemau Leverock
Bowlers: Tim Southee, Sheldon Cottrell, Fawad Ahmed

TOR vs VK Key Players

Toronto Nationals
  • Steven Smith, Kamran Akmal and Kieron Pollard will be key to Toronto Nationals’ batting.
  • Kesrick Williams and Rumman Raees can come good with the ball.
Vancouver Knights
  • In Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, they have one of the most destructive T20 opening pair in the competition.
  • The Knights will rely on Tim Southee for the breakthroughs with the ball.

Squads:

Vancouver Knights (From): Chris Gayle (C), Andre Russell, Evin Lewis, Tim Southee, Chadwick Walton(w), Fawad Ahmed, Babar Hayat, Sheldon Cottrell, Saad Bin Zafar, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Srimantha Wijeratne, Kamau Leverock, Steven Jacobs, Salman Nazar, Rassie van der Dussen, Jeremy Gordon

Toronto Nationals (From): Darren Sammy (C), Steven Smith, Kieron Pollard, Kamran Akmal(w), Hussain Talat, Rumman Raees, Nikhil Dutta, Johnson Charles, Kesrick Williams, Naveed Ahmad, Farhan Malik, Usama Mir, Rohan Mustafa, Nitish Kumar


Toss Prediction

Vancouver Knights Will win the toss and will decide to bowl first

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