Defending champions Northern Warriors (NW) will lock horns with Delhi Bulls (DB) in the opening match of Abu Dhabi T10 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday, November 19.
NW vs DB Dream11 prediction
Northern Warriors have been the most successful franchise in Abu Dhabi T10 League, winning the title twice in 2018 and 2020. However, Warriors have a fresh set of players under new captain Rovman Powell this year but they will look to continue their dominance in the league nonetheless.
On the other hand, last year’s finalists Delhi Bulls have assembled one of the strongest batting line-ups for the fifth edition of Abu Dhabi T10. Bulls have signed England T20I captain Eoin Morgan as their star player and have the likes of Sherfane Rutherford, Rilee Rossouw and Rahmanullah Gurbaz in their squad.
Going by team combination, the Dwayne Bravo-led Delhi Warriors will start as favourites against a new-look Northern Warriors on Friday.
NW vs DB Dream11 team tips for Abu Dhabi T10 2021
Top Tip: Best batter
Delhi Bulls batter Rilee Rossouw will be the batter to watch out for in the first match of Abu Dhabi T10 2021. The former South Africa cricketer was the highest run-scorer in the recently concluded CSA Provincial T20 Cup, amassing 295 runs in five matches at a staggering average of 98.33 and strike rate of 157.75.
Top Tip: Best bowler
Considering the slowness of the pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Delhi Bulls’ Adil Rashid will be a great pick in any fantasy cricket team. The England leg-spinner impressed in the T20 World Cup 2021, picking nine wickets in six matches at an economy of 6.53. Rashid is likely to play an important role through the middle overs for Delhi Bulls.
Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper
As far as all-rounders are concerned, one must pick Moeen Ali of Northern Warriors in your fantasy cricket team. The 34-year-old bagged seven wickets and also scored 92 runs in six matches in the recently concluded T20 World Cup in UAE.
For the wicket-keeper spot, Delhi Bulls’ Rahmanullah Gurbaz will be the preferred choice over the likes of Kaunain Abbas and Abdul Shakoor of Northern Warriors. Along with his wicket-keeping skills, Gurbaz can also contribute with the bat.
NW vs DB full squads
NW squad: Rovman Powell (captain), Chris Jordan, Moeen Ali, Abdul Shakoor (wicket-keeper), Rayad Emrit, Samit Patel, Imran Tahir, Upul Tharanga, Kaunain Abbas (wicket-keeper), Umair Ali Khan, Rameez Shahzad, Kennar Lewis, Abhimanyu Mithun, Josh Little, Ross Whiteley, Gareth Delaney, Yo Mahesh Vijayakumar
DB squad: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Ravi Rampaul, Adil Rashid, Sherfane Rutherford, Rilee Rossouw, Dominic Drakes, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicket-keeper), Eoin Morgan, Shiraz Ahmed, Hafeez-Ur-Rehman, Nyeem Young, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Akeal Hosein, Devon Thomas (wicket-keeper), Romario Shepherd, Sohaib Maqsood, Jaskaran Malhotra, Gulbadin Naib
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