SOR vs WAF Match Preview

The Seattle Orcas will be led by South African all-rounder Wayne Parnell, who has plenty of experience playing franchise cricket around the world. He has a pretty well-balanced squad at his disposal. Some other high-profile international signings include Quinton De Kock, Shimron Hetmeyer, and Heinrich Klaasen, all of whom add considerable heft to the batting.

The team has invested heavily in all-rounders and roped in players like Imad Wasim, Dasun Shanaka, and Dwaine Pretorius. The seam attack is one of the strengths for the Orcas, as in addition to the skipper, they have the services of Andrew Tye, Matthew Tromp, as well as local talent Phani Simhadri.

The spin attack will rely heavily on young Afghanistan bowler Izharulhaq Naveed as well as West Indian Hayden Walsh Jr. 

Veteran Australian Moises Henriques will lead the newly minted Washington Freedom team and will hope to make a good start. Except for Josh Phillippe and Glenn Phillips, the batting line-up does not contain any well-known names. The tip order consists of Saad Ali, Mukhtar Ahmed, and local talent Sujith Gowda.

In such a scenario, there will be added pressure on the all-rounders to score runs. They include the skipper as well as internationals Marco Jansen, Justin Dill, and Obus Pienaar. The last-minute withdrawal of Wanindu Hasaranga has dealt a blow to the team’s balance but they will bring in some reinforcements going ahead.

The seam attack does look quite strong thanks to the presence of experienced campaigners including Adam Milne, Ben Dwarshuis, Anrich Nortje, and Saurabh Netravalkar. West Indian spinner Akeal Hosein will lead the slow ball attack along with Dane Piedt, Tanvir Sangha, and Usman Rafiq. 

Weather Report

The weather is expected to remain dry and warm. 

Pitch Report

Since this is the first time that the newly built Grand Prairie Stadium will host a major tournament, not much is known about the pitch here. However, we expect to see an engaging contest between the bat and the ball.

Notable stats

Imad Wasim’s all-round performance

Imad Wasim has been a consistent all-rounder for Pakistan as well as various T20 franchises around the world. He has scored 3191 runs in the T20 format and has also picked up 274 wickets.

Team News

There are no updates regarding injuries from either side. 


SOR vs WAF Probable 11

SOR Playing 11

  • Quinton de Kock (Wk)
  • Heinrich Klaasen
  • Shimron Hetmeyer
  • Andrew Tye
  • Imad Wasim
  • Wayne Parnell (C)
  • Aaron Jones
  • Nisarg Patel
  • Phani Simhadri
  • Cameron Gannon
  • Harmeet Singh

WAF Playing 11

  • Josh Philippe (Wk)
  • Moises Henriques (C)
  • Glenn Philips
  • Marco Jansen
  • Anrich Nortje
  • Adam Milne
  • Sujith Gowda
  • Justin Dill
  • Saurabh Netravalkar
  • Obus Pienaar
  • Usman Rafiq
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

We are backing the Seattle Orcas to win here. They have a stronger team on paper and quite a few explosive batsmen on the squad who can take the game away from the opposition. On the other hand, Washington Freedom lacks quality players, especially at the top of the order. 


Top Picks

Shimron Hetmeyer: Hetmeyer has scored 3374 runs in the T20 format at a strike rate of 133.33. His knocks include 16 half-centuries and a century.

Andrew Tye: Andrew Tye has been quite impressive during his T20 career. He has picked up 320 wickets and picked has also scored 723 runs.

Moises Henriques: Moises Henriques is a consistent performer with both, the ball as well as the bat. He has scored 4903 runs and has also picked up 116 wickets. 


SOR vs WAF Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: Q de Kock (C), H Klaasen (VC), J Philippe

Batters: S Hetmyer, G Phillips, M Henriques

All-rounders: I Wasim, M Jansen

Bowlers: A Nortje, A Tye, W Parnell

SOR vs WAF Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction