Who knew? Two evenly-matched sides meet again in the final with Madrid United facing the Pinatar Pirates in the Dream11 European Cricket Series Alicante Final.
Who knew? Two evenly-matched sides meet again in the final with Madrid United facing the Pinatar Pirates in the Dream11 European Cricket Series Alicante Final. The first meeting between the two sides in the group stages ended in a narrow eight run victory for the capital city side.
That said, Madrid United showed improved form as they marched past Levante in the semis on the back of impressive contributions from all-rounders Qadar Nawaz and Abdul Hafeez Niazi, while Spanish international Tauqeer Hussain is also coming into the final full of confidence.
But the Pinatar Pirates are clearly not to be underestimated and will be buoyed by their destruction of hosts and favourites Sporting Alfas in the semis. Pinatar possess almost a team of Singhs at their disposal in a tightly-knit squad. Wicket keeper Sukhpal “Sukhi” Singh performs competently behind the stumps and can be a match winner with the bat on his day. However, the Pirates will especially look to Kuldeep Lal, a Spanish international all-rounder to again shoulder the burden with bat and ball. Kuldeep Lal has a genuine chance to win the player of the tournament award. Pinatar skipper Gopi Singh has been a most consistent wicket taker for his side so far, while all-rounders Jassie Jagdeep and Lovejit Singh have both made some useful contributions.
Pressure in finals can be immense and a heavy burden to bear, especially with these MARVELLOUS TROPHIES TO WIN. This one is also too close to call and that dreaded scoreboard pressure may come into play if the side batting first can post anything in the region of 115+ - provided the side bowling second can resist the heat in the field.
Game on at the inaugural Dream11 European Cricket Series!