Andrew Symonds
Andrew Symonds in action for the Capricorn Commanders during the Masters Champions LeagueGetty

Virgo Super Kings take on Capricorn Commanders in the 14th match of the Masters Champions League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday (7 February).

Where to watch

Match starts at 11am GMT. The game can be viewed via live stream on Sky Sports digital platforms in the UK.

Overview

In what is a must win clash, Virgo Super Kings and Capricorn Commanders face each other in the 14th game of the Masters Champions League (MCL) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. With this being the penultimate game in the group stage, whoever wins has a strong chance of making it to the semi-finals of the tournament.

The Graeme Smith-led Super Kings have had a mixed tournament so far winning two and losing two out of four games played, however, they come into this game on the back of a morale boosting victory over Leo Lions on 4 February. James Foster scored 14 runs in the final over to take them home and Smith will be looking for more of that from his players. Although they come into this clash as underdogs, they are capable of surprising any team on their day.

Capricorn Commanders too come into this game on the back of a huge victory, the Commanders cruised past Libra Legends by 8 wickets with Andrew Symonds and skipper Paul Collingwood putting on a 110-run partnership of just 70 balls. The Commanders are the bookies favourites and are expected to make it to the final four.

As seen in such closely-contested leagues, net run rates play an important role and this might just help the Commanders who have a chance of making the semi-finals even if they lose. The Commanders have a higher net run-rate then the Super Kings and if they lose, Collingwood and his men will have to depend on the result between Leo Lions and Libra Legends, who play the last game of the league. If the Legends thrash the Lions by a huge margin, then the Commanders will make it to the final four.

Prediction

Capricorn Commanders to win

Betting odds (bet365)

  • Virgo Super Kings to win: 6/5
  • Capricorn Commanders to win: 4/5

Team news

Virgo Super Kings

Squad: Graeme Smith (C), Owais Shah, James Foster, Gareth Batty, Brett Lee, Dirk Nannes, Neil McKenzie, Jonty Rhodes, Mohammad Yousuf, Azhar Mahmood, Hasan Raza, Humayun Farhat, Jacob Oram, Murali Kartik, Malinga Bandara, John Mooney

Capricorn Commanders

Squad: Paul Collingwood (C), Michael Vaughan, Geraint Jones, Rikki Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Ben Laughlin, Ashwell Prince, Ryan McLaren, Rory Kleinveldt, Abdul Razzaq, Saleem Elahi, Chamara Silva, Upul Chandana, Jeetan Patel, Sunil Joshi, Rizwan Cheema