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FanCode ECS Malta Encore, 2021

Day 6 PREVIEW: FanCode ECS Malta Encore - Matches 21 to 24 - T10 CRICKET LIVE

Our final event of another action-packed year, FanCode ECS Malta Encore provides an opportunity for ten leading Maltese teams to showcase their skills on the magnificent island of Malta, contesting 47 games over 12 days. 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 four T10 matches on Day 6 of the 2021 FanCode ECS Malta Encore on Saturday 27 November.

 

Marsa will be looking to repeat their strong showing from last season. After bagging only four wins in the group stages from ten games, Marsa marched to victory in 2020 following two strong knockout showings at absolutely the right time. Ironically, Marsa finished top of the group standings (6-2) earlier this year but lost in a massive shock in the quarter-final to debutants Swieqi United. 

Atlas UTC Knights finished top of the standings during the group stages of the 2020 European Cricket Series Malta, the only unbeaten side with seven wins. However, Knights came unstuck in the all-important game, losing the Final unexpectedly to Marsa. After a promising 6-2 record in the group stages, the Knights came unstuck in the semi-finals earlier this summer to the overpowering Super Kings and will be looking to go one better this time around.

American University of Malta won only one game on debut in 2020 to languish at the bottom of the standings, but the University side made a massive improvement in the summer with four wins, before losing to Overseas in the quarter-finals. Gozo did manage to win one game on debut, but also racked up a series of unwanted records last season, including the lowest ever score in ECS history - 6 all out against SKI. Royal Strikers also managed only one win as well and have serious work to do as well to feature in the knockout stages.

 

Group B

AUM  American University of Malta (0-0, NRR+0.000)

AUK  Atlas UTC Knights (0-0, NRR+0.000)

GOZ Gozo (0-0, NRR+0.000)

MAR  Marsa (0-0, NRR+0.000)

RST Royal Strikers (0-0, NRR+0.000)

 

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MATCH 21  (ECS21.896)

MARSA (MAR) v ATLAS UTC KNIGHTS (AUK)

0730 GMT | 0830 CET | 1300 IST

 

MATCH 22 (ECS21.897)

MARSA (MAR) v ATLAS UTC KNIGHTS (AUK)

0930 GMT | 1030 CET | 1500 IST

 

MAR Last Five Matches: WW L L L (Avg Score For 85, Avg Score Against 76) 

AUK Last Five Matches: W L W L W (Avg Score For 74, Avg Score Against 64) 

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MARSA (MAR)

Captain: Haroon Mughal

Wicketkeeper: John Grima

Projected Top Four: Fanyan Mughal, Zeeshan Khan, Niraj Khanna, Gurjeet Singh

Projected Opening Bowlers: Fazil Khan, Waseem Abbas

Spin Options: Sidharth Anand

 

MARSA Key Players:

Nowell Khosla, a handy all-rounder, is a natural strokemaker with the bat and a quality spin bowler. He picked up SEVEN wickets and scored 120 runs in the previous edition.

Zeeshan Khan, one of the top players for Marsa, is fearless and loves to take on the new ball bowlers, was top run scorer for Marsa in the previous edition with 206 runs from nine matches with 15 LONG maximos.

Niraj Khanna, right-handed batsman, second highest scorer for MAR racking up 176 runs in eight innings including a crafty half century and was named man of the match for this effort.

Waseem Abbas, national team opening bowler, gets good movement off the seam, his height helps extract good bounce off the pitch that troubles batsmen. Top wicket taker for Marsa at FanCode ECS Malta 2021 with 11 scalps from nine matches, can also give it a whack with bat in hand.



ATLAS UTC KNIGHTS (AUK)

Captain: Sujesh Appu

Wicketkeeper: Avinash Dileep

Projected Top Four: Samuel Stanislaus, Manoj Panicker, Basil George, Avinash Dileep 

Projected Opening Bowlers: Asif Sha, Justin Shaju

Spin Options: Samuel Stanislaus

 

ATLAS UTC KNIGHTS Key Players:

Basil George, star all-rounder, powerhouse of AUK with the bat, has the ability to smash all around the park. Was impressive with both bat and ball earlier in the year picking up SIX wickets and scoring 109 runs.

Samuel Stanislaus, Knight's Mr Dependable, has been the leading run scorer for AUK in both the previous ECS editions. He can also roll his arm when needed.

Sujesh Appu, the AUK skipper led from the front scalping most wickets for his side in the FanCode ECS Malta 2021. He picked up 13 wickets in 11 games with a best return of 4-12.

Justin Shaju, another valuable all-rounder, can swing the ball around at a decent pace and score handy runs down the order.

 

Marsa and AUK have enjoyed a good run in both the previous ECS events. While MAR won the ECS Malta in 2020 and reached the quarter finals with a 6-2 win record earlier this year. AUK finished runners-up in ECS Malta 2020 and won the Bronze Final in the FanCode ECS Malta 2021. Both sides have some proven performers in their ranks and will be keen to start off on a positive note.

 

Last time they met: ECS21.465 | MAR 92(8.3) def AUK 88 (22 Jun 2021)

 

Match Prediction: Marsa and AUK to share the spoils with a win apiece.

 

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MATCH 23 (ECS21.898)

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF MALTA (AUM) v ROYAL STRIKERS (RST)

1130 GMT | 1230 CET | 1700 IST

 

MATCH 24 (ECS21.899)

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF MALTA (AUM) v ROYAL STRIKERS (RST)

1330 GMT | 1430 CET | 1900 IST

 

AUM Last Five Matches: L L L WL(Avg Score For 77, Avg Score Against 99) 

RST Last Five Matches: L L L L W (Avg Score For 71, Avg Score Against 92) 

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AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF MALTA (AUM)

Captain: Jit Patel

Wicketkeeper: Darshit Patankar

Projected Top Four: Darshit Patankar, Bikram Arora, Varun Prasath, Abhishek Prajapati

Projected Opening Bowlers: Jit Patel, Varun Prasath

Spin Options: Zoheb Malek, Abhishek Kuntala, Darshnik Gohil

 

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF MALTA Key Players:

Zoheb Malek, the all-rounder ended as the leading wicket taker for AUM earlier in the year scalping EIGHT wickets in nine matches. He also racked up 102 runs.

Darshit Patankar, the wicket-keeper batsman mustered 224 runs in nine games at a strike rate of 166 including two unbeaten fifties. He ended up as the second highest run scorer in the FanCode ECS Malta 2021.

Varun Prasath, the left-hander featured for the victorious Super Kings at FanCode ECS Malta 2021. He finished as the leading run scorer in the tournament, plundering 351 runs in 10 innings with 33 long sixes.

Bikram Arora, Malta national team captain, another Super Kings player, the right hander racked up 216 runs in nine games in the previous edition finishing as the third highest scorer in the tournament.



ROYAL STRIKERS (RST)

Captain: Savio Thomas

Wicketkeeper: Manuel Jobi

Projected Top Four: Rejit Abraham, Livin Varghese, Kushlesh Koppaka, Manuel Jobi

Projected Opening Bowlers: Rubin James, Jaison Jerome

Spin Options: Ashwin Raju, Jaimon Johnson

 

ROYAL STRIKERS Key Players:

Livin Varghese, RHB, top scorer for Royal Strikers in the previous edition racking up 117 runs in eight games.

Savio Thomas, captain, second highest scorer for RST in the FanCode ECS Malta 2021 scoring 75 runs from eight matches. 

Kushlesh Koppaka, valuable all-rounder, top wicket taker for RST last edition picking up FIVE wickets with a best return of 3-3. He will also look to contribute with the bat up the order.

Jaison Jerome, right arm fast bowler, finished as joint second highest wicket taker for RST scalping FOUR wickets.

 

American University of Malta made a massive improvement in the summer with four wins as opposed to one in ECS Malta 2020, before losing to Overseas in the quarter-finals. AUM will fancy their chances of going all the way having boosted their squad with a couple of Malta Internationals Bikram Arora and Varun Prasath.

Newcomers in ECS Malta 2021, Royal Strikers struggled the entire season losing seven games on the trot before signing off with a win. RST will be keen for a better showing this time around.

 

Last time they met: ECS21.437 | AUM 70(7.4) def RST 69 (14 Jun 2021)

 

Match Prediction: American University of Malta (AUM) to make a fast start with a couple of wins.

 

 

Tune into the live action from Malta from Monday to Saturday from * 0730 GMT 0830 CET * 1300 IST.