MATCH 5 (SCW21.005) MINHAJ (MIN) v COSTA DEL SOL (CDS) 0700 GMT | 0800 CET | 1230 IST
MIN Last Five Matches: W W W W L (Avg Score For 130, Avg Score Against 100)
CDS Last Five Matches: W L (Avg Score For 105, Avg Score Against 100)
Captain: Amar Shahzad
Wicketkeeper: Alumdar Hussain
Projected Top Order: Khizar Ali, Alumdar Hussain, Asjad Butt, Usman Mushtaq
Projected Opening Bowlers: Nadeem Muhammad,Muhammad Riaz
Spin Options: Alumdar Hussain, Usman Mushtaq, Nadeem Muhammad
MINHAJ Key Players:
Asjad Butt, prolific run scorer, regularly going big in Barcelona events. Can clear the fence with ease and also chip in with useful wickets with the ball if needed. Muscled 43 runs in two games.
Alumdar Hussain, the left handed opener has impressed in Barcelona events in the last two years. Top scored on Saturday racking up 95 runs in two games including a player of the match performance of 13-ball 41 vs SPA.
Usman Mushtaq, all-rounder, generally an anchor, he can play big shots if needed and is a handy off-spin bowler. He picked up two wickets at an ER of just 5.33.
Nadeem Muhammad, right arm spinner, generally bowls quicker deliveries but can decieve batsmen with change of pace, top wicket taker for MIN scalping FOUR wickets with a best return of 3-13 vs SPA.
COSTA DEL SOL (CDS)
Captain: Richard Hatchman
WicketKeeper: Andrew Cromb
Projected Top Order: Richard Lake, Avinash Pai, Sameer Nayak, Lee Rimmer
Projected Opening Bowlers: Paul Edgeller, Sameer Nayak
Spin Options: Lorne Burns, Maanav Nayak, Ian Higgins
COSTA DEL SOL Key Players:
Sameer Nayak, ex UAE international and ACC level 3 coach, hits the mean ball for his stature and is the most accomplished all-round player in the club. Scored 45 runs in two games without being dismissed and picked up two wickets at an ER of 5.75.
Avinash Pai, a strong batter with a knack of scoring big runs, is technically gifted and has an incredible eye for the ball with an array of shots in his armoury. The all-rounder returned tournament best figures of 4-6 vs PIC conceding only at 4.50 runs per over in two games.
Lee Rimmer, a crafty all-rounder, enjoys scoring runs in all formats, top scored for CDS on Saturday racking up 46 runs in two games. He also picked up a wicket.
Lorne Burns, a creative batter,never shy of bringing in a ramp or reverse sweep shot, a fine leg-spinner who can be damaging and often provides vital wickets when needed most. Joint top wicket taker for CDS scalping FOUR wickets in two games. He also scored 33 runs.
Minhaj Started off with a bang winning by 80 runs in the opening game against SPA. They did lose against PIC but are still top of the table with a better NRR. Costa Del Sol were fairly impressive on debut, shocking huge favourites PIC in their first game and almost won the second. With a Final spot on the line, both sides will be keen to win this encounter.
Match Prediction: Minhaj (MIN) to seal a direct spot in the final.
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