Day 11 PREVIEW: FanCode ECS Sweden Stockholm – Matches 41 to 44
FanCode ECS Sweden Stockholm 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, Stockholm on Friday 30 July.
Quarter-finals Friday with the top four in each group playing for a spot in Saturday’s semi-finals in Stockholm, Sweden. With inclement weather forecasted in Sweden, play has been put back to allow more chance of completed matches.
PF Pakistanska Forening (7-1, NRR+2.165)
BOT Botkyrka (5-3, NRR+0.362)
STO Stockholm (4-4, NRR+0.695)
FOR Forenom Royals (3-5, NRR-1.715)
UME Umea (1-7, NRR-1.573)
MAR Marsta (5-2-1, NRR+1.729)
DIF Djurgardens IF (5-2-1, NRR+1.354)
HUD Huddinge (4-3-1, NRR-0.972)
ALZ Alby Zalmi (3-5, NRR-0.027)
NAC Nacka (1-6-1, NRR-2.215)
2nd QUARTER FINAL - MATCH 42 (ECS21.597)
DJURGARDENS IF (DIF) v STOCKHOLM (STO)
0900 GMT | 1100 CET | 1430 IST
DIF Last Five Matches: W W L NR L (Avg Score For 104, Avg Score Against 90)
STO Last Five Matches: L W W L W (Avg Score For 108, Avg Score Against 96)
DJURGARDENS IF (DIF)
Captain: Wynand Boshoff
Wicketkeeper: Wynand Boshoff
Projected Top Four: Wynand Boshoff, Daniel Nissila,Shahzeb Choudhry, Richie Robbins
Projected Opening Bowlers: Serge Conein, Prashant Shukla
Spin Option(s): Prashant Shukla, Ankit Dubey, Shravan Kannan
DJURGARDENS IF Key Players:
Shahzeb Choudhryis a big contributor for DIF with bat and ball, already taking away two man of the match awards. The all-rounder has racked up 105 runs and picked up 11 wickets this term leading the wicket taking charts.
Richie Robbins, the right hander has been in good touch this season. He is the second highest run scorer for DIF with 107 runs from seven games.
Wynand Boshoff, captain and driving force of the team, a natural strokemaker who can also hit the long ball. Top scorer in the tournament smashing 219 runs in six games, bagging a couple of man of the match awards as well. Has hit the most fours this season with 29 hits to the ropes.
Prashant Shukla, the leg spinner has been mighty impressive picking up 10 wickets at an economy rate of 7.35 and a best return of 3-8.
Shravan Kannan, another DIF spinner who has spun his web around batsmen in the tournament picking up 10 wickets in six matches.
Ankit Dubey is a key spinner for DIF with multiple variations up his sleeves. Played his first game of the season on Tuesday and made an impact straightway returning figures of 2-8 vs HUD. Has picked up FIVE wickets in four overs.
Captain: Chenna Nali
Wicketkeeper: Chenna Nali
Projected Top Four: Ankit Tiwari, Vinod Chalindra, Kaushik Vats, Archan Vaidya
Projected Opening Bowlers: Deepjagan Singh, Harlagan Sandhu
Spin Option(s): Rakesh Kumar, Archan Vaidya
STOCKHOLM Key Players:
Vinod Chalindra, the hard hitting batsman has hammered 141 runs in seven games at a strike rate of 183 with almost 70% of his runs in boundaries!
Ankit Tiwari looked in good form in the later half of the Group A action. He has racked up 117 runs in five matches.
Deepjagan Singh, right arm fast bowler, looked especially impressive on the opening day picking up three wickets. Top wicket taker for STO with SEVEN wickets from seven matches.
Manoj Tomar, right arm medium pacer, has scalped SIX wickets and is second highest wicket taker for STO.
Archan Vaidya is a quality all-rounder and a gun fielder. Highest run scorer for STO racking up 159 runs in just four innings. The left hander scored a blistering 77* off just 28 balls vs UME, bagging man of the match honours for his effort.
Stockholm were inconsistent and consequently ended with a 50 percent win-loss record. Despite winning their first five games, DIF did not top Group B after a run of three games without a win. Stockholm will need to quickly shed their ring rust after over a week off from the action, while DIF will look to bounce back to winning ways during the business end of the competition.
Match Prediction: Djurgardens IF (DIF) to ease their way into Finals Day.
3rd QUARTER FINAL - MATCH 43 (ECS21.598)
PAKISTANSKA FORENING (PF) v ALBY ZALMI CF (ALZ)
1100 GMT | 1300 CET | 1630 IST
PF Last Five Matches: W W W L W (Avg Score For 88, Avg Score Against 70)
ALZ Last Five Matches: W L W W L (Avg Score For 104, Avg Score Against 95)
PAKISTANSKA FORENING (PF)
Captain: Bilal Muhammad
Wicketkeeper: Kamran Zia
Projected Top Four: Imam Din,Faraan Chaudhry, Sameer Ali Khan, Khalil Jalali
Projected Opening Bowlers: Bilal Muhammad, Khalil Jalali
Spin Option(s): Sameer Ali Khan
PAKISTANSKA FORENING Key Players:
Sameer Ali Khan, MVP last term, is top scorer for PF racking up 149 runs in eight games and has picked up FIVE wickets as well.
Bilal Muhammad, captain, medium pacer, has scalped EIGHT wickets at an economy of 6.15 and a best return of 2-5.
Faraan Chaudhry has been selected for the Swedish U19 team. Is currently the second highest run scorer for PF with 93 runs from seven innings and has picked up a couple of wickets.
Zubair Aslam, the right arm pacer is leading the wicket taking charts in Group A with 10 scalps from seven games at an impressive economy of 4.53 and boasts tournament best figures of 4-11.
ALBY ZALMI CF (ALZ)
Captain: Rahel Khan
Wicketkeeper: Ismaeel Zia
Projected Top Four: Rahel Khan, Shahed Ali, Azam Khalil, Zia Alozai
Projected Opening Bowlers: Qudratullah Mir Afzal, Zia Alozai
Spin Option(s): Azam Khalil, Rahel Khan, Sami Khalil
ALBY ZALMI CF Key Players:
Azam Khalil, all-rounder,second highest run scorer for ALZ with 120 runs from eight games. He is also joint wicket taker for ALZ picking up 10 wickets. Awarded man of the match for his all-round performance vs Nacka on Tuesday.
Rahel Khan, solid top order batsman and a good leg spinner, recently selected for the Swedish national team. Top scorer and joint top wicket taker for ALZ scoring 134 runs and picking up 10 wickets. Was awarded man of the match vs DIF for his all-round show scoring 32 off 14 and picking up 2-14.
Qudratullah Mir Afzalis a talented middle order batsman and opens the bowling for ALZ, has good control over the new ball. Has scored 100 runs and picked up a couple of wickets as well.
Zia Alozai, the all-rounder returned figures of 3-19 in his very first game of the series vs Marsta. He has also racked up 72 runs in four games.
Ismaeel Zia, the wicket-keeper batsman scored 32 off 18 balls against Huddinge on Thursday to bag his first man of the match award this season.
PF progressed to seven wins out of eight to top Group A, but it’s fair to say the reigning champions did not always convince during the round robin stage. PF will look to up their game during the business end of the competition, in similar fashion to last season when beating ALZ on the way to the title. Alby Zalmi lost four of their first five games before recovering to finish fourth, ahead of previous winners Nacka.
Last time they met: PF 108 def ALZ 66 (19 Jun 2020)
Match Prediction: Both teams have solid bowling attacks, but have struggled to deliver with the bat more often than not. Whoever bats well will win this match, but a slight preference is given to Alby Zalmi as PF might be rusty after not playing for a week.
4th QUARTER FINAL - MATCH 44 (ECS21.599)
MARSTA (MAR) v FORENOM ROYALS (FOR)
1300 GMT | 1500 CET | 1830 IST
MAR Last Five Matches: W L NR W W (Avg Score For 99, Avg Score Against 94)
FOR Last Five Matches: W L W L L (Avg Score For 86, Avg Score Against 102)
Captain: Shahid Mustafa
Wicketkeeper: Shahid Mustafa
Projected Top Four: Share Ali, Waqas Haider, Hamid Sulehri, Shahid Mustafa
Projected Opening Bowlers: Qambber Syed, Ajmal Raza
Spin Option(s): Hamid Sulehri, Fahad Waqas
MARSTA Key Players:
Share Ali is a solid top order batsman and can bowl fast with the ball. Started off well scoring 35 off just 19 balls in the first match and has racked up 181 runs in seven innings leading the scoring sheets for MAR. Returned man of the match performance against NAC on Thursday scoring 31 off 22 balls.
Waqas Haider, a dashing opening batsman and brilliant pace bowler with the ability to swing the ball. Second highest scorer for MAR mustering 134 runs in seven innings including a 31-ball 45 vs HUD.
Hamid Sulehri, an elegant top order batsman and a quality left arm spinner, has scalped SEVEN wickets in six games with a best return of 2-5 and has scored 117 runs with the bat including an unbeaten 66 off 32 balls DIF on Thursday.
Shahid Mustafa, captain, has racked up 106 runs in seven innings including a man of the match performance against ALZ scoring 30 off 19 balls.
Sweed Ullah, a talented middle-order batsman with the ability to bowl at any slot with tight line and lengths. He has scalped EIGHT wickets with a best return of 2-3 vs ALZ on Tuesday.
Ajmal Raza, the left arm medium pacer has picked up 10 wickets with a best return of 2-0 and is leading the wicket taking charts for MAR.
FORENOM ROYALS (FOR)
Captain: Rohit Juneja
Wicketkeeper: Srinivas Manem
Projected Top Four: Rohit Juneja, Anirudh Ram, Sahil Prashar, Srini Jettiboyina
Projected Opening Bowlers: Rohit Juneja, Sahil Prashar
Spin Option(s): Arpit Tiwari, Ameya Bendre
FORENOM ROYALS Key Players:
Rohit Juneja, captain and opening bat. Led the way against UME mustering a 21-ball 42. Top scorer and wicket taker for FOR racking up 149 runs and picking SEVEN wickets in eight games.
Sahil Prashar, returned figures of 3-9 vs BOT on his ECS debut. Golden Ball hero taking FOR to their first ever ECS victory vs Umea.
Anirudh Ram, the opener bagged his first man of the match award this season scoring a brilliant 36-ball 64 vs UME yesterday. Has scored a total of 148 runs in seven innings.
Ameya Bendre, the spinner has been impressive with the ball and is joint second highest wicket taker for Forenom Royals with SIX scalps to his name.
Arpit Tiwari, bowling all-rounder, is a tidy off-spin bowler. Was impressive on the opening day bagging a man of the match award in the first game for scoring 25 runs and picking up 3-14 vs BOT. Third highest run scorer for FOR racking up 123 runs in eight innings. Has picked up FOUR wickets as well.
Forenom Royals started off horribly with a succession of heavy defeats but improved as the group stages progressed, including a magical win over PF, inflicting the first ever defeat in ECS competition on the reigning champions. Marsta came with a late run to top Group B despite losing two of their first five games. FOR will be a bit rusty after over a week off from the action, while Marsta have been improving their T10 skills. Everything points to a Marsta win, but anything could happen in T10 cricket.
Match Prediction: Marsta (MAR) to win at a canter.
1st QUARTER FINAL - MATCH 41 (ECS21.596)
BOTKYRKA (BOT) v HUDDINGE (HUD)
1500 GMT | 1700 CET | 2030 IST
BOT Last Five Matches: L W W L W (Avg Score For 101, Avg Score Against 95)
HUD Last Five Matches: L W NR L W (Avg Score For 92, Avg Score Against 105)
Captain: Asad Iqbal
Wicketkeeper: Muhammad Ali Hassani
Projected Top Four: Ahmed Zulfiqar, Zeeshan Mahmood, Tahir Tarar, Shani Khawaja
Projected Opening Bowlers: Osama Qureshi, Tahir Tarar
Spin Option(s): Ahmed Zulfiqar, Gurpal Randhawa
BOTKYRKA Key Players:
Shani Khawaja is a good top order batsman and is the leading run scorer in Group A scoring 189 runs in eight innings including 19 fours and EIGHT sixes.
Tahir Tarar, big hitting all-rounder, is third highest run scorer for BOT racking up 125 runs from eight games. Has been consistently good with the ball too picking up NINE wickets with a best return of 2-5.
Gurpal Randhawa picked up EIGHT wickets from seven matches, joint second highest wicket taker for BOT with a best return of 3-10.
Zeeshan Mahmood is a valuable all-rounder and has been very consistent throughout the series racking up 122 runs with the bat and picking up EIGHT wickets with the ball.
Osama Qureshi, the BOT opening bowler has delivered with the new ball picking up EIGHT wickets in eight games with a best return of 2-19.
Ahmed Zulfiqar is a classy batsman who will open the innings for BOT, can also bowl decent off-spin. Has mustered 133 runs in just four games at a strike rate of 187.
Captain: Abdul Rashid Khan
Wicketkeeper: Abdul Rashid Khan
Projected Top Four: Abdul Rashid Khan, Nasir Iqbal, Sami Rahmani, Farhad Momand
Projected Opening Bowlers: Javaid Dawoodzai, Saeed Ahmad
HUDDINGE Key Players:
Sami Rahmaniis one of the best hitters of a cricket ball in Sweden. Scored a blistering 31 not out off just 13 balls against his former team Nacka. Is the second highest scorer for HUD racking up 92 runs at a SR of 196. Has also picked up SIX wickets leading the wicket taking charts for his side.
Saeed Ahmad, the 21-year-old talent has the potential to represent Sweden in the future. He has picked up FIVE scalps from eight games and has mustered 68 runs at a strike rate of 234 including a man of the match performance vs MAR hammering 34 off 13 balls.
Abdul Rashid Khan, captain, decent top order batsman, brings stability to the HUD batting lineup. Is top scorer for his side scoring 94 runs in six innings including a quickfire 47 off 21 balls vs ALZ on Thursday.
Farhad Momand, the all-rounder has racked up 64 runs in five innings and also claimed FIVE wickets in five overs.
Nasir Iqbal, thecurrent Swedish international is the all time leading wicket taker for HUD. He has picked up four scalps from seven games and has also mustered 75 runs at a strike rate of 170.
Botkyrka finished 5-3 to end second in Group A while Huddinge took third place in Group B with 4-3 with one of their games washed out. Both debutants have impressed immensely in the past 10 days and will be hopeful of progressing to the finals day. Botkyrka boast better stats, but will be rusty after a week out of the action. Therefore, Huddinge could edge through especially if batting second. HUD have won all four games chasing a target.
Match Prediction: Botkyrka (BOT) to narrowly edge Huddinge.
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