Vancouver Knights topped the Global T20 Canada league stage, losing just one of their six matches to finish one point ahead of the CWI B Team.
When these sides met in the group stage, Sheldon Cottrell was named man of the match as he took 4/19 from his four overs in a 35-run Vancouver win.
Cottrell and CWI B Team's Obed McCoy are two of four bowlers to take ten wickets so far in the tournament.
Our PickVancouver Knights are favorites to win
Who will win CWI B Team vs Vancouver Knights- Global T20 Canada?
The first Global T20 Canada 2018 play-off sees table-topping Vancouver Knights and the second-placed CWI B Team face each other for a place in the final. Taking place at the Maple Leaf Cricket Ground, Ontario, the match is scheduled for July 12 and the live action begins at 11:00 local time.
Teams have almost always elected to field first when they win the toss in this year's Global T20 Canada. The CWI B Team won the toss when the two teams played in the group stage but their chase proved unsuccessful.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Vancouver Knights vs CWI B Team - Global T20 Canada.
Vancouver Knights Team News & Playing 11
VCK Team News
Ben Dunk replaced West Indian opener Evin Lewis at the top of the order to make his first appearance in the competition in the second-round win against Toronto Nationals. Chris Gayle opted to allow Chadwick Walton to open with only a modest target to chase and he played his way back into form, meanwhile, with an unbeaten half-century.
In the bowling department, Steven Jacobs was not called upon against Toronto, but the Guyanan spinner looks to have made the final spot in the team his own, having been preferred to Jeremy Gordon and Kemau Leverock in three of the five matches so far.
VCK Key Players
Following Chadwick Walton's unbeaten half-century in the win against Toronto last time out, all six of Vancouver Knights' regular batting line-up have hit half-centuries in this year's competition.
Rassie van der Dussen is their top scorer, with 186 from five games including the match-winning 83* he hit from 56 balls against Montreal Tigers. The last time these two teams met, however, it was Chris Gayle at his destructive best with 63, having shared an opening partnership of exactly 50 with fellow West Indian opener Evin Lewis.
Andre Russell provides some big hitting down the order, meanwhile - he has hit 14 sixes in four innings so far, hitting 120 runs at a strike rate of 222.22. With the ball, meanwhile, Russell has picked up eight wickets.
Sheldon Cottrell leads the way for wickets, with ten from five games including 4/19 in the win against the CWI B Team in the group stage. Fawad Ahmed has one less wicket but the Australian leg-spinner has an economy rate of 6.47.
VCK Team Form
Vancouver Knights lost their opening game to Toronto Nationals as they failed to defend 227/4 - Evin Lewis having hit 96 from 55 balls - but they are unbeaten since with four wins and one wash-out. Bowling first, they restricted Winnipeg Hawks to 156/9 in their second game and Babar Hayat's 33-balll 65 saw them reach the target just four wickets down with 14 balls to spare.
Next up, they batted first against Montreal Tigers and Rassie van der Duthen's 83* from 56 balls lifted them to 166/6, before Tim Southee's 3/20 saw the Tigers bowled out for 148. A wash-out against Edmonton Royals followed, but Vancouver bounced back to beat the CWI B Team by 35 runs; Chris Gayle scored 63 in a total of 175/4 and Sheldon Cottrell claimed 4/19 as the West Indians were bowled out for 140 from 19.3 overs.
Finally, they geared up for the play-offs by avenging their defeat to Toronto Nationals - and in style. Andre Russell claimed 3/17 as they bowled the Nationals out for 103, and Chadwick Walton's unbeaten half-century helped them reach the target in just 12.3 overs.
Vancouver Knights Predicted Playing 11
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Chadwick Walton, Rassie van der Duthen, Babar Hayat, Andre Russell, Saad Bin Zafar, Tim Southee, Sheldon Cottrell, Fawad Ahmed, Steven Jacobs
CWI B Team News & Playing 11
CWIB Team News
Already guaranteed a play-off place, Justin Greaves has sat out the last two matches with under-19s World Cup star Alick Athanaze handed the chance to start. If fit, Greaves will return against Vancouver Knights, however, and Jeremiah Louis is also likely to return to the sidelines to accommodate Obed McCoy’s return to the bowling line-up.
CWIB Key Players
Justin Greaves, at the top of the order, has hit 154 runs from four innings, including an unbeaten 89 against Winnipeg Hawks and 45 from 33 balls against Toronto Nationals – a match in which he also claimed 2/20 from his four overs.
Brandon King is their top scorer, however, with 170 runs. He only has one half-century, but he was also unbeaten on 44 and 30 respectively in the wins against Winnipeg and Toronto.
Leading wicket-taker is Obed McCoy, meanwhile, the Windward Islands’ left-arm seamer having claimed ten wickets in the first three games. He has been expensive and wicketless in his last two games, however.
Khary Pierre is joint-second on the wicket-taking list, but his six wickets have cost just 6.31 runs per over – making him one of the meanest bowlers in the competition.
CWIB Team Form
Despite being unfancied due to their inexperience, the CWI B Team made a superb start to the tournament with four wins from their first four games.
Nicolas Pooran hit 58 from 35 balls as they chased 185 to win the first game against Montreal Tigers, while it was Fabian Allen performing heroics with the bat in the next game, helping the CWI B Team recover from 66/6 to chase 156 to beat Edmonton Royals.
Justin Greaves’ 89* from 58 balls anchored the innings in a superb nine-wicket win against Winnipeg Hawks, chasing 152 to win, and Greaves again top scored – and was star bowler too – as they thrashed Toronto Nationals by eight wickets after restricting them to 128/5.
Defeat to Vancouver Knights – dismissed for 140 in reply to the Knights’ 175/4 – ended their unbeaten record and they then lost again when they faced Montreal Tigers for the second time in the second round. Shamar Springer’s 40-ball 62 helped them to 162/7, but the Tigers took just 17.3 overs to chase it down.
CWI B Predicted Playing 11
Justin Greaves, Shamar Springer, Sherfane Rutherford, Brandon King, Nicolas Pooran, Anthony Bramble, Fabian Allen, Kavem Hodge, Derval Green, Obed McCoy, Khary Pierre
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
VCK : W W NR W W
CWIB : L L W W W
VCK vs CWIB Head to Head
VCK vs CWIB Head to Head
Vancouver Knights and the CWI B Team’s previous fixture saw the CWI B Team elect to bowl first. Vancouver’s West Indian openers Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis set the tone from the start, however, sharing a 50-run partnership from 5.3 overs before Gayle (63 from 55 balls) and Rassie van der Duthen (30 from 28 balls) continued the momentum.
Andre Russell’s late big-hitting (32 not out from 18 balls) lifted the Knights to 175/4, despite Derval Green having claimed 3/33 from his four overs.
In reply, despite some lusty blows from Shermar Springer, the CWI B Team lost both openers inside three overs before Sheldon Cottrell claimed 4/19. Economic bowling from Cottrell, Andre Russell (2/20 from four overs) and Fawad Ahmed (1/18 from four overs) meant the run rate was always getting away from the CWI B Team and they finished 35 runs short with just three balls remaining.
Vancouver Knights vs CWI B Team Prediction
CWI B Team impressed at the start of the Global T20 Canada League and will be at full-strength for this play-off, but Vancouver have won their last four completed matches. If the Cricket West Indies’ side is the third-tier national team, with Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis and Andre Russell in their line-up, Vancouver have West Indies’ top-tier stars. The Knights won the previous match between these two teams, and they should win again.
Final Verdict: Back Vancouver Knights to beat CWI B Team