It is Virender Sehwag vs Adam Gilchrist time in the Masters Champions League (MCL) as the formidable Gemini Arabians face the Sagittarius Strikers in Match 10 of the MCL at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Arabians and Commanders are the top two teams of the MCL so far. The Strikers have lost only once, at the hands of Capricorn Commanders, and the Arabians are yet to face defeat.
Both Strikers and the Arabians are coming into this fixture riding on the back of victories.
The Strikers regiestered a massive 63-run win over Libra Legends on Thursday. Mahela Jayawardene scored the first century of the MCL 2016. His innings of 124 runs from just 60 balls spurred the Strikers to a massive total of 227 at the end of 20 overs. Legends, quite obviously, fell way short of the target, thereby losing all hopes of qualfying for the semifinals.
Meanwhile the Arabians are on fire at the moment. Their top-order, cosisting of Richard Levi, Kumar Sangakkara, Brad Hodge and Sehwag have been smashing all the bowlers out of the park.
Their bowlers have also done a terrific job, especially Muttiah Muralitharan and Saqlain Mushtaq. The Sri Lankan legend picked up three more wickets against the Capricorn Commanders, and is now the highest wickettaker of the tournament so far. Saqlain has also been almost unplayable. His figures in the last match read 3-0-9-1.
The Strikers will be wary of the Arabians batting lineup and their bowlers need to chalk out a plan to stop them on Friday afternoon.
Squads: Sagittarius Strikers: Adam Gilchrist (C & wk), Jonathan Trott, Michael Carberry, Phil Mustard, Nathan Hauritz, Mahela Jayawardene, Daniel Vettori, Shane Bond, Mushtaq Ahmed, Yasir Hameed, Tino Best, Krishmar Santokie, Alviro Petersen, Gavin Hamilton. Khurram Khan.
Gemini Arabians: Virender Sehwag (C), Graham Onions, Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Muttiah Muralitharan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Brad Hodge, Saqlain Mushtaq, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Jacques Rudolph, Richard Levi, Justin Kemp, Paul Harris, Kyle Mills, Ashish Bagai, Saqib Ali.
Where to watch live:
Match No.10 of the Masters Champions League - Sagittarius Strikers vs Gemini Arabians is scheduled for 3 pm local time (4.30 pm IST, 11 am GMT, 6 am ET) start. The live coverage of the T20 game in India will be onSony SIX and Sony SIX HD. The live streaming option will be available on Sony LIV.
Sagittarius Strikers vs Gemini Arabians will be broadcast live on PTV Sport in Pakistan. Fans can stream the seventh match of the MCL T20 2016 on GeoSuper.
Fans in the Middle-East can watch the live action of Sagittarius Strikers vs Gemini Arabians on Ten Sports.
Supersport Africa will telecast Sagittarius Strikers vs Gemini Arabians live in the Sub-Saharan countries.
Audience in the Caribbean island can watch the 10th fixture of the MCL - Sagittarius Strikers vs Gemini Arabians live on SportsMax.
There will be no live telecast of the Masters Champions League in the UK, But the fans of the game should not be disheartened as they can stream the MCL games on Watch Sky Sports.
ESPN3 will broadcast the game live in the US. Watch ESPN will live stream the MCL games.