FANTASY Dashboard Match 31 - FanCode ECS Malta
MATCH 31 (ECS21.466) AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF MALTA (AUM) v SOUTHERN CRUSADERS (SOC) 1100 GMT | 1300 CET | 1630 IST
AUM Last Five Matches: W W L L L (Avg Score For 80, Avg Score Against 102)
SOC Last Five Matches: L L L W W (Avg Score For 91, Avg Score Against 80)
Captain: Jit Patel
Wicketkeeper: Darshit Patankar
Projected Top Four: Amandeep Ralhan, Saneesh Kumar, Darshit Patankar, Zoheb Malek
Projected Opening Bowlers: Jit Patel, Mittul Patel
Spin Options: Tarak Shah, Zoheb Malek
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF MALTA Key Players:
Zoheb Malek impressed with 201 runs at the last edition, scoring nearly three times as many runs as any of his teammates. He also picked up four wickets. Has looked solid racking up 62 runs from five innings and is also top wicket taker with six scalps.
Darshit Patankar, the wicket-keeper batsman has mustered 193 runs from six games including two unbeaten fifties at a strike rate of 174. Darshit has been delivering the heavy scoring for AUM and contributed more than 38% of the team's runs in the first match vs MAR yesterday. He has been in sublime form and is a must have in your fantasy team.
Shubh Patel, the 25-year old fast bowler was leading wicket taker for AUM last season picking up eight wickets from seven matches. Has been exceptional with the ball for AUM this season as well picking up five wickets with a best return of 3-8 in the opening game. Shubh bowled a staggering NINE dot balls in his two overs against a raging Marsa in the second game yesterday.
Jit Patel, captain, bowling all-rounder, the left-arm medium pacer brings variety to the AUM bowling line-up. Picked up four wickets last season and racked up 55 runs from four innings. Joint top wicket taker for his side picking up six wickets in six matches this term.
Captain: Michael Goonetilleke
Wicketkeeper: Gopal Thakur
Projected Top Four: Ryan Bastiansz, Michael Goonetilleke, Zeeshan Yousaf, Angelo Delardon
Projected Opening Bowlers: Zeeshan Yousaf, Lakshitha Senavirathna
Spin Options: Jojo Thomas, Ryan Bastiansz, Azwan Kamaleen, Eranga Jayawardhana, Aneel Shahid
SOUTHERN CRUSADERS Key Players:
Zeeshan Yousaf, all-rounder, big hitting opener, moves the ball both ways, picked up eight wickets leading the wicket taking charts and piled up 150 runs in the previous edition, is a good outfielder too. Has played good hands in all the games scoring 59 runs in all but will look to score big in the coming matches.
Ryan Ricky Bastiansz, scores quickly, is good off the back foot, mustered 175 runs including 15 towering sixes in the previous edition. He is currently leading the scoring sheets for SOC racking up 100 runs from five innings. His score of 40 against RST on Monday accounted for more than 49% of the team's total.
Bilal Khan is one of the fastest bowlers in Malta with the ability to move the ball both ways, has been economical with ball getting two prized wickets so far, can also contribute with his pinch hitting abilities, has mustered 48 runs at an impressive SR of 160.
Jojo Thomas, right arm finger spinner, joint leading wicket taker scalping eight wickets in December 2020. Picked up eight wickets in six games this season leading the wicket taking sheets for SOC with a best return of 3-4.
Lakshitha Senavirathna, the right arm medium pacer has picked up seven wickets this season including his best ECS figures of 4-24 against Marsa.
American University of Malta slipped to two heavy defeats on Monday against reigning champions Marsa. AUM were guilty of playing too many dot balls in their innings, especially in the powerplay, and must take advantage of the fielding restrictions to bounce back from three consecutive defeats.
On the other hand, Southern Crusaders finally got off the mark with two good victories. That may be the trend these two sides are heading in. SOC played out just 15 dot balls - almost half of what AUM played. SOC were right on the money with the ball as well, bowling as many as 30 dot balls in their opener against RST yesterday.
Last time they met: SOC 78 def AUM 77 (26 Nov 2020)
Match Prediction: Bearing in mind the above trend and past records, SOC are likely to prevail - unless AUM show drastic improvement from a miserable Monday in Malta.