Day 2 PREVIEW: FanCode Portugal T10 – Matches 3 & 4
Coimbra Knights, Gorkha 11, Indian Royals, Malo, Oeiras, Oporto and Miranda Dragons feature over 23 successive evenings in 46 hotly-anticipated T10 night matches from Portugal. Every game will be live streamed worldwide on the European Cricket Network and on FanCode - a multi-sport aggregator platform, from the house of Dream Sports for the Indian Sub-Continent.
European Cricket Network live broadcasts two spectacular T10 night matches on Day 2 of the 2021 FanCode Portugal T10 on Wednesday 7 April.
Among the cream of the competition, these two sides met in the semi-finals of the European Cricket Series Cartaxo last summer, when Malo dramatically prevailed with overthrows taking them to victory off the last ball of the innings.
GOR Gorkha 11 (2-0, NRR+5.900)
IR Indian Royals (0-0, NRR+0.000)
MAL Malo (0-0, NRR+0.000)
MD Miranda Dragons (0-0, NRR+0.000)
OEI Oeiras (0-0, NRR+0.000)
OCC Oporto (0-0, NRR+0.000)
CK Coimbra Knights (0-2, NRR-5.900)
MATCH 3 (PTT21.003)
MALO (MAL) v GORKHA 11 (GOR)
1630 GMT | 1830 CET | 2200 IST
MATCH 4 (PTT21.004)
GORKHA 11 (GOR) v MALO (MAL)
1830 GMT | 2030 CET | 0000 IST
MAL Last Five Matches: W L W W W (Avg Score For 102, Avg Score Against 83)
GOR Last Five Matches: W L W W W (Avg Score For 105, Avg Score Against 79)
Captain: Mian Mehmood
Wicketkeeper: Jayesh Popat
Projected Top Four: Mian Mehmood, Zafar Ali, Amir Zaib, Najam Shahzad
Projected Opening Bowlers: Assad Mehmood, Zafar Ali
Spin Options: Assad Mehmood, Aamer Ikram
MALO Key Players:
Zafar Ali, all-rounder, racked up 104 runs from five matches at ECS Cartaxo and picked up four wickets as well.
Amir Zaib, hard hitting all-rounder, leading wicket taker at ECS Cartaxo, also racked up 78 runs, loves to play the cover drive and pull shot.
Assad Mehmood, scalped eight wickets at ECS Cartaxo with his right arm slow bowling, can be tricky to get away, capable batsman down the order.
GORKHA 11 (GOR)
Captain: Madhukar Thapa
Wicketkeeper: Suman Ghimire
Projected Top Four: Imran Khan, Azhar Andani, Siraj Nipo, Suman Ghimire
Projected Opening Bowlers: Imran Khan, Rahul Bhardwaj
Spin Options: Siraj Nipo, Manjit Singh
GORKHA 11 Key Players:
Imran Khan, big hitter, missed out in the first match but seemed in good hitting form in the second hammering an 11-ball 24, was economical with the ball picking a wicket too.
Siraj Nipo, classy left handed batsman, capable of scoring quick runs, bowls left arm off spin, doesn’t give the ball much air and is not easy to get away, scalped four wickets with best figures of 3-3.
Azhar Andani, looked in great nick,mustering 86 runs last night across two games including a fifty.
Rahul Bhardwaj, top wicket taker for Gorkha with nine scalps from seven matches with a best of 3-8 at ECS Cartaxo 2020, was economical conceding just 12 runs from three overs.
Last time they met: MAL 101 def GOR 100 (25 Sep 2020)
Match Prediction: Malo (MAL) have the wood over Gorkha 11 winning both the games at ECS Cartaxo last summer and will start favourites. However, Gorkha 11 might fancy their chances having already got their eye in last night against overwhelmed Coimbra Knights.