T10 League - Day 1 predictions: Kerala Knights off to a flier in title defence as Rajputs also triumph

A look at the opening day of action in Sharjah as the 10-overs a side format returns for its second year

SHARJAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 17:  Eoin Morgan of Kerela Kings bats during the T10 League semifinal match between Kerela Kings and Maratha Arabians at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on December 17, 2017 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
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The second season of the T10 League begins on Wednesday in Sharjah.

After an opening ceremony, scheduled to begin at 5pm, there are two matches on the opening night.

Here is what to watch out for.

Rajputs v Sindhis, 6.30pm

Opening matches of tournaments are often tough to call and this will be an interesting clash.

Early games can often come down to things like local advantage and the likes of Afghanistan's Mohammad Shahzad and the UAE's Rohan Mustafa could make a difference on the Sharjah wicket for Rajputs.

Prediction Rajputs to get off to a winning start


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Kerala Knights v Pakhtoons, 8.45pm

Kerala's last year's champions, begin their title defence against a side who reached the semi-finals. Kerala are again led by Eoin Morgan, and with Chris Gayle in their batting line-up they should remain a fearsome prospect and they will make a victorious start here.

Prediction Kerala off to a flier


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