The Indian T20 League 2021 has entered its business end with the possibility of a new league champion looming.
With the playoffs stage boasting some heavyweight clashes, SportsAdda ambassador Brett Lee shared his thoughtful insights in the latest episode of SportsAdda presents T20 Crazy, powered by Sportsbet.io.
Who will be the tournament winner?
“My head is saying Delhi but my heart is saying Bangalore,” Brett Lee said. “I think Delhi with their bowling attack will probably win because of their fearsome aggression with the new ball, but there is something about Bangalore that this year they made into the playoffs.
“Virat Kohli and ABD (AB de Villiers) haven't produced the runs they wanted to but if these guys explode, look out! I think Bangalore could win this,” Binga added.
Rishabh Pant’s Delhi have reached the playoffs stage of Indian T20 League 2021 for the second consecutive season, and the last year’s finalists will take confidence from their brilliant run in the UAE leg of the tournament. Having won 10 of their 14 matches this season with a net run rate of 0.481, Binga believes Delhi will eventually be the winner despite his heart waging for Bangalore to end their title drought.
Delhi will knock out Chennai
“I'm going to go with Team Blue (Delhi); they will knock Chennai out,” Lee said. “They (Delhi) beat them (Chennai) in the first game anyway so it’s Delhi who will hit the maximum sixes. I think Avesh Khan will be the top bowler. He will be the go-to bowler to take maximum wickets,” the former Australian speedster added.
Avesh Khan has led the Delhi bowling in Indian T20 League 2021, grabbing 22 wickets at an economy of 7.18. The 24-year-old bagged two wickets in their reverse fixture earlier in this campaign and the 2003 World Cup winner has backed him as the go-to bowler in this tie.
Furthermore, Brett Lee believes Delhi’s momentum gives them the edge to hit maximum sixes in the contest.
Maxwell, Morgan to register maximum scores
“Maxwell will score a fifty,” Brett Lee said with confidence. “He is in red hot form because he is playing for the team in red,” Binga joked before going on to praise his compatriot and England’s Eoin Morgan. “Captain Morgan (Eoin Morgan) will be the top run-scorer in my opinion. Good guys who stepped up to the plate when needed,” he said.
While many doubted Glenn Maxwell’s big-money move might not click, the ‘Big Show’ has proven his doubters wrong by smashing 498 runs at a strike rate of 147.33. With six fifty-plus scores in the 2021 edition alone, SportsAdda brand ambassador Lee is confident that Maxwell will notch another fifty against Kolkata.
To know more about SportsAdda ambassador Brett Lee’s take on the final week of Indian T20 League 2021 part 2, click here.