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Preview: Qualifier 1 – Uva Next vs Yorkshire
Sri Lankan champs take on English runners-up in first Qualifier
The opening match of the 2012 Karbonn Champions League Twenty20 Qualifiers. Uva Next, the winners of the Sri Lankan Premier League, clash with Yorkshire, the runners-up of the English domestic Twenty20 competition.
Uva Next and Yorkshire are two of six teams vying for the two qualification spots in the Champions League Twenty20 2012.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 1:30 p.m. (5:00 p.m. IST)
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Uva Next start favourites given the quality of players they have in their ranks. Keep an eye on the hard-hitting opening batsman Dilshan Munaweera, who impressed in the SLPL and earned a call-up to the Sri Lankan national team. Also, keep an eye on the 38-year-old Shivnarine Chanderpaul and the hard-hitting New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram. On the bowling front, watch out for the Pakistani quick Umar Gul, who bowled some fiery spells in the recently-concluded 2012 ICC World T20.
Watch out for Yorkshire’s local lad David Miller. The 23-year-old South African, was in prolific form in the domestic T20 competition in England; he was one of the consistent performers for Yorkshire and went on to become the second-highest run-scorer in the competition. With his knowledge of the conditions in South Africa, a lot will be expected of the left-hand batsman in the Karbonn CLT20 2012. The team will also look up to Ryan Sidebottom to give them early breakthroughs and to Jonny Bairstow to get them off to flying starts at the top of the innings.
This match will be the first time these two teams will be meeting in a Twenty20 match.
The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg sits atop the list of venues to have seen the highest totals in Twenty20 cricket. It was at the Bullring that Sri Lanka posted 260 for six in a World T20 match against Kenya in 2007 – still the highest team total in all Twenty20 cricket.
In each of their eight Friends Life T20 games this season in which Yorkshire batted first, they ended up on the winning side.
Both teams’ next fixtures are against Trinidad & Tobago. While Yorkshire will be seen in action on Wednesday, October 10, Uva Next will enjoy a day’s break before taking the field on Thursday, October 11.