Vesawkar’s inspirational leadership for Gladiators will be up against the brutal force with which Khadka has steered Warriors, when the two teams, eyeing their maiden Everest Premier League title, square off in a high-intensity summit clash at Kirtipur on Saturday.
Gladiators started this season with the tag of the underdogs but have now proved everyone wrong by grabbing a spot in the final. The top 4 of the Warriors batsmen will be the main threats as they have the ability to single-handedly win the game.
Opener Babar Hayat has been in the form of his life, scoring 302 runs in 6 matches including 3 half-centuries to his name. Anshuman Rath played a great knock under pressure, scoring 60 runs off 61 balls against Rhinos and proved that the Warriors hold the advantage when batting second. If Warriors find themselves in a chasing situation, they will always bank on the fact that one of their top 4 batsmen should finish the job for them. The bowling department of Warriors has some room for improvement and they will have to come good against the Gladiators to seal the title.
The presence of Aarif Sheikh in the middle order will be the main plus for the Gladiators, especially with their inconsistencies in the batting department. Sheikh has been the crux of the Gladiators unit and has won them many games in this season, scoring 160 runs in 7 innings. In addition to the presence of Sheikh, Gladiators have a few big-hitting batsmen in their team in the form of Rohit Kumar Paudel and Krishna Karki, who can be quite a handful on their day.
The bowling department has been in excellent shape throughout this season. Dipesh Shrestha is leading wicket-taker for Gladiators with 9 wickets in 6 matches. He has been bowling in the death overs as well and he has done an amazing job with his slower bouncers, foxing the batsman on most occasions.
This will be a power-packed ‘Final’ and the spectators will witness a cracker of a contest between batting power-house Warriors and super splendid Gladiators.