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FanCode ECS Sweden, Malmo, 2021

Day 11 PREVIEW: FanCode ECS Sweden Malmo – Matches 41 to 44

FanCode ECS Sweden Malmo provides an opportunity for ten teams to showcase their skills, contesting 48 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 11 of the 2021 FanCode ECS Sweden, Malmo on Friday 13 August.

 

Quarter-finals Friday with the top four in each group playing for a spot in Saturday’s semi-finals in Malmo, Sweden.

 

Group A

AF  Ariana AKIF (7-1, NRR+2.900)

ARI  Ariana CC (6-2, NRR+0.500)

MAL  Malmo (3-4-1, NRR-0.644)

JKP  Jonkoping (2-5-1, NRR-0.829)

HRO  Helsingborg Royals (1-7, NRR-1.765)

 

Group B

GOC  Goteborg City (7-1, NRR+2.596)

LAN  Landskrona (5-3, NRR+1.272)

MAM  Malmohus (4-3-1, NRR+1.734)

LND  Lund (3-4-1, NRR-1.073)

HSG  Hisingens (0-6, NRR-5.304)



European Cricket Series Malmo 2021

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MATCH 41  (ECS21.644)

ARIANA CC (ARI) v MALMOHUS (MAM)

0630 GMT | 0830 CET | 1200 IST

 

ARI Last Five Matches: W W W L W (Avg Score For 94, Avg Score Against 92) 

MAM Last Five Matches: L L W W W (Avg Score For 120, Avg Score Against 88) 

 

ARIANA CC (ARI)

Captain: Nusratullah Sultan

Wicketkeeper: Nusratullah Sultan

Projected Top Four: Mahmood Babar, Bashir Ahmed, Nusratullah Sultan, Qader Khan

Projected Opening Bowlers: Atif Muhammad, Absar Khan

Spin Option(s): Dawood Shirzad, Mahmood Babar

 

ARIANA CC Key Players:

Nusratullah Sultan, captain, a solid top order batsman, highest run scorer in Group A mustering 176 runs at a SR of 185, including an unbeaten 75 off 30 balls vs Malmo earning himself a man of the match award. Has hit the most fours - 22 and sixes - 11 in Group A.

Mahmood Babar, the experienced right handed batsman has racked up 96 runs from six innings and is the third highest run scorer for his side.

Bashir Ahmed, technically sound, has looked good with the bat scoring 118 runs in eight matches and is the second highest run scorer for ARI.

Yusuf Sahak, the all-rounder is the second highest wicket taker so far scalping 13 wickets. Picked up FOUR wickets in four balls vs MAL in astounding match winning figures of 5-6. He has also mustered 40 runs in three innings.

Dawood Shirzad, the wily leg spinner is the leading wicket taker picking up 14 wickets in eight games with a best return of 4-16 vs JKP. He is the only bowler to have picked a four-fer twice in the series.



MALMOHUS (MAM)

Captain: Ankit Gupta

Wicketkeeper: Raseka Danasekara

Projected Top Four: Dheeraj Malhotra, Raseka Danasekara, Ankit Gupta, Rizwan Tarar

Projected Opening Bowlers: Sheron Nord, Faraz Muneer

Spin Option(s): Shahbaz Hussain

 

MALMOHUS Key Players:

Dheeraj Malhotra, an aggressive opening batsman able to play shots on both the front and back foot. Top scorer in the tournament racking up 201 runs in eight games including a 28-ball 58 vs LAN on Monday. He is also the top wicket taker for his side scalping 10 wickets.

Ankit Gupta, a talented, adaptable and powerful batsman. Second highest run scorer for MAM mustering 173 runs in six innings at a SR of 251 including a 32-ball 104 on Monday including 11 HUGE maximos.

Faraz Muneer, right arm nigglymedium pacer, consistent bowler with an arsenal of swing, cutters and slower balls. Has picked up FIVE wickets with a best return of 2-9.

Ashish Rajput, the 29-year old medium pacer has picked up four wickets in six games.

 

Ariana finished with an impressive 6-2 record, the only team to beat Ariana AKIF in the group stages. Malmohus made the knockout stages with four wins and will be a tough nut to crack, refreshed after a day off from the action. Ariana are likely to be rusty after over a week off themselves and this clash of two evenly matched sides could go either way.

 

Match Prediction: Malmohus (MAM) to make the semis with a narrow win.

 

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MATCH 42  (ECS21.645)

LANDSKRONA (LAN) v MALMO (MAL)

0830 GMT | 1030 CET | 1400 IST

 

LAN Last Five Matches: W W W W W (Avg Score For 112, Avg Score Against 84) 

MAL Last Five Matches: L W W W NR (Avg Score For 107, Avg Score Against 101) 

 

LANDSKRONA (LAN)

Captain: Saghar Hanif

Wicketkeeper: Nadeem Khan

Projected Top Four: Rameez Dalvi, Imran Kiyani, Tauseef Walayat, Qaisar Zaman

Projected Opening Bowlers: Amritanshu Singh, Javid Khan

Spin Option(s): Aniket Kharade, Saghar Hanif

 

LANDSKRONA Key Players:

Imran Kiyani, an aggressive batting all-rounder with an ability to score quick runs and can swing the ball at decent pace. Second highest scorer for LAN racking up 171 runs in eight games including a 25-ball 46 vs GOC. Has scalped NINE wickets and is second highest wicket taker for LAN.

Rameez Dalvi, a consistent opening batsman, leading run scorer for LAN in Swedish Cricket League in the past two years in the T20 format. His agility makes him by far the best fielder in the side as well. Third highest run scorer in the tournament mustering 183 runs in eight games at a SR of 199.

Saghar Hanif, captain, one of the most experienced players in the LAN side. A prolific run scorer with over a decade of experience in Swedish Cricket. He is a very handy left arm spin bowler as well. Returned man of the match against MAM scoring a valuable 24 off 16 and picking up 3-9 with the ball. Has scored a total of 94 runs and picked up SEVEN wickets.

Tuseef Walayat, middle order batsman who can destroy any bowling attack with his power hitting. Excellent fielder with a very strong arm. Plundered 106 runs in six games at a strike rate of 208!

Amritanshu Singh, the right arm pacer has impressed the most in the LAN bowling attack bowling tight lines. He has scalped 11 wickets in eight games and is leading the wicket taking sheets  for his side.



MALMO (MAL)

Captain: Hammad Rafiq

Wicketkeeper: Nikhil Mathur

Projected Top Four: Abdur Rahman, Nikhil Mathur, Hammad Rafiq, Qaiser Munir

Projected Opening Bowlers: Saqlain Shah, Harris Aziz

Spin Option(s): Hammad Rafiq, Musadaq Mubarak

 

MALMO Key Players:

Hammad Rafiq, star all-rounder, attacking middle order batsman, has the ability to take spinners apart on his day. A wily and reliable off-spinner, he will look to make  breakthroughs in the middle overs. The all-rounder is leading the scoring sheets for his side with 164 runs and has picked up SEVEN wickets. Plundered five sixes in an over to take his side to a famous win over JKP last Friday.

Saad Mohammad, the 18-year old medium pacer returned figures of 4-11 on Tuesday vs ARI and is second highest wicket taker for MAL with EIGHT wickets with a best return of 4-11.

Nikhil Mathur, the wicket keeper batsman, has looked in tremendous touch mustering 79 runs in four games at a strike rate of 188 and is second highest run scorer for his side. 

Sunny Sharma, the right handed opening batsman has racked up 97 runs in eight games and is the second highest run scorer for Malmo.

Qaiser Munir, right arm fast bowler, usually bowls at the death, targeting the stumps. Is the biggest hitter in the team, can hit monster sixes for fun. Has mustered 66 runs and scalped SEVEN wickets in eight games.

 

Malmo lost their first four games, but bounced back strongly with three wins in succession to move up to third spot in Group A. Landskrona, the hosts, are also improving all the time, winning their last five games to finish in second in Group B. 

 

Match Prediction: Landskrona (LAN) to carry on their impressive form with another win.

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MATCH 43  (ECS21.646)

ARIANA AKIF (AF) v LUND (LND)

1030 GMT | 1230 CET | 1600 IST

 

AF Last Five Matches: W W W W L (Avg Score For 117, Avg Score Against 84) 

LND Last Five Matches: W L L L L (Avg Score For 92, Avg Score Against 104) 

 

ARIANA AKIF (AF)

Captain: Dharmender Singh

Wicketkeeper: Ihsan Shirzad

Projected Top Four: Delawar Khan, Khaled Mohammad, Abdul Naser, Ihsan Shirzad

Projected Opening Bowlers: Delawar Khan, Abdul Naser

Spin Option(s): Anudeep Gudimella, Dharmender Singh, Rahatullah Rahatullah

 

ARIANA AKIF Key Players:

Ihsan Shirzad, the wicket keeper batsman is the third highest scorer in the tournament amassing 157 runs from eight innings at a SR of 212. He showed a nice array of shots in his match winning knock of 57* off 21 balls vs JKP on Thursday. Has won two man of the match awards for his efforts with the bat so far.

Khaled Mohammad, a talented top order batsman, one of the best batsmen in the AF side, third highest scorer for AF racking up 85 runs in seven innings.

Dharmender Singh, captain, slow left arm orthodox, scalped 2-10 vs Malmo in the opening match bagging his first man of the match award this season. Joint top wicket taker for AF with SIX scalps from eight games.

Delawar Khan, one of the top all-rounders in the AF side. Second highest run scorer for AF racking up 113 runs in four innings. He is also the joint leading wicket taker for AF scalping SIX wickets at an economy rate of just 4.12! 

Abdul Naser was back in the side for the first time this season on Friday. The hard hitting batsman mustered an unbeaten 42 off just 11 balls against ARI to bag his first man of the match award in his very first game of the series.



LUND (LND)

Captain: Hardeep Virk

Wicketkeeper: Hardeep Virk

Projected Top Four: Debarchan Dash, Wahab Hassan,Hardeep Virk, Ashfaq Ali

Projected Opening Bowlers: Debarchan Dash, Wahab Hassan

Spin Option(s): Oktai Gholami, Inder Singh

 

LUND Key Players:

Debarchan Dash, MVP and top scorer in the European Cricket Series Malmo 2020. The destructive, hard hitting opening batsman has impressive statistics in Swedish cricket. Top scorer for LND mustering 120 runs in seven innings this term and has picked up four wickets. Returned man of the match against HSG on Monday for his all-round performance.

Oktai Gholami, solid, technical middle order batsmen and left arm spinner with excellent control. Recently selected for the national team for both T20 and T10 squads. Has scored 77 runs in six innings and has picked up a wicket as well.

Wahab Hassan, a talented, hard hitting top-order batsmanand opening bowler. Mustered an 18-ball 55 and picked up a couple of wickets in the opening game to take LND to a first ever ECS win and was awarded man of the match for his all-round efforts. The all-rounder has smashed 78 runs in three innings and picked up FOUR wickets.

Hardeep Virk, captain, wicket keeper batsman, a decent top order batsman with good skills behind the wicket. Scored a well-made 21 off 13 balls in the opening game contributing to his side’s first ever ECS victory. He is the second highest scorer for LND racking up 79 runs in seven innings.

Haroon Malik, right arm medium pacer, top wicket taker for LND so far picking up FIVE wickets in six games with a best return of 3-16.

 

Ariana AKIF had won a magnificent seven games in a row before losing their last game in the group stages. The reigning champs will be confident of victory over a Lund side that seems to be in freefall with four defeats in a row. The only downside for AF is coming into this game short of game time after over a week off.

 

Match Prediction: Ariana AKIF (AF) to win at a canter.

 

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MATCH 44  (ECS21.647)

GOTEBORG CITY (GOC) v JONKOPING (JKP)

1230 GMT | 1430 CET | 1800 IST

 

GOC Last Five Matches: L W W W W (Avg Score For 115, Avg Score Against 85) 

JKP Last Five Matches: L L L L NR (Avg Score For 91, Avg Score Against 119) 

 

GOTEBORG CITY (GOC)

Captain: Abu Zar

Wicketkeeper: Shadhin Mahmood

Projected Top Four: Rahim Safi, Abu Zar, Mahib Shahin, Qasir Mahmood

Projected Opening Bowlers: Rahim Safi,Mahib Shahin

Spin Option(s): Hasibur Rahman, Vikas Dixit, Abu Zar

 

GOTEBORG CITY Key Players:

Rahim Safi, has joined GOC this season, one of the best all-rounders in the side, has the ability to change games on his own with his power-hitting. Also very quick and reliable with the ball in his hand. Third highest run scorer for GOC with 169 runs to his name and has also picked up SIX wickets.

Abu Zar, captain, LHB, is the best batsman in the side. Second highest run scorer in the tournament amassing 186 runs in eight games at a strike rate of 200.

Mahib Shahin, the hard hitting all-rounder bagged man of the match award in his very first ECS match for his all-round performance mustering 38 off 20 and picking up 2-16 vs LAN. He is leading the wickets column for GOC picking up EIGHT wickets. He has also scored 176 runs in seven innings and is the second highest for GOC.

Qasir Mahmood, the all-rounder looked good in the two games he played earlier in the tournament racking up 45 runs at a SR of 173.



JONKOPING (JKP)

Captain: Muhammad Ismail

Wicketkeeper: Bilal Munir

Projected Top Four: Riaz Khan, Sami Ibrahimkhil, Zabiullah Zadran, Sahargul Shirzad

Projected Opening Bowlers: Zabiullah Zadran, Sahargul Shirzad

Spin Option(s): Muhammad Ismail, Sami Ibrahimkhil

 

JONKOPING Key Players:

Riaz Khan, a very talented opening batsman, can destroy any bowling attack with his powerful hard-hitting ability. Mustered a 21-ball 41 vs MAL last Friday, and has racked up a total of 62 runs, picking up a couple of wickets as well.

Zabiullah Zadran, a very talented middle-order batsman, capable of building an innings and scoring quick runs. Right arm fast bowler, opens the bowling for JKP, can deliver at 140+ speed easily. Top scorer and wicket taker for JKP racking up 128 runs and picking up NINE wickets in eight games.

Sahargul Shirzadis a very economical and wicket-taking bowler with the ability to swing the ball. He is also a middle-order batsman who can add quick runs. Third highest run scorer for JKP with 82 runs including a man of the match performance in the first game vs HRO scoring a quickfire 33 of 13 balls. Has picked up four wickets as well.

Sami Ibrahimkhil, left handed opening batsman, has the ability to hit the ball out of the park, was in good hitting form on Wednesday mustering 47 runs in two games vs ARI at a SR of 181. Has racked up a total of 88 runs from eight games. Can also bowl some left-arm offies.

 

Jonkoping lost five in a row in the group stages to finish in fourth in Group A. JKP, reigning champs from European Cricket Series Gothenburg will be looking to bounce back in the business end of the competition. Goteborg City are in prime form, topping Group B with seven wins in eight games and will be confident of moving into the semi-finals. However, after a week off from the action, JKP will have had time to ponder where they went wrong and may have some star players available again.

 

Match Prediction: Goteborg City (GOC) to advance to the semi-finals with a comfortable win.

 

 

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