FanCode ECS Malta provides an opportunity for ten leading Maltese teams to showcase their skills on the magnificent island of Malta, 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.

Day 5 PREVIEW: FanCode ECS Malta – Matches 17 to 20

European Cricket Network live broadcasts four T10 matches on Day 5 of the 2021 FanCode ECS Malta on Friday 18 June.

 

An interesting day lies in store in Malta with one of the top two guaranteed to taste defeat for the first time, while one of the bottom two sides will claim their first win(s).

 

Group B

SKI  Super Kings (4-0, NRR+9.775)

OVR  Overseas (2-0, NRR+4.543)

MTD  Mater Dei (2-2, NRR-0.044)

SWU  Swieqi United (0-4, NRR-5.104)

GOZ  Gozo (0-2, NRR-14.30)

 

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MATCH 17  (ECS21.452)

SWIEQI UNITED (SWU) v GOZO (GOZ)

0700 GMT | 0900 CET | 1230 IST

 

MATCH 18 (ECS21.453)

SWIEQI UNITED (SWU) v GOZO (GOZ)

0900 GMT | 1100 CET | 1430 IST

 

SWU Last Five Matches: L L L L (Avg Score For 67, Avg Score Against 118) 

GOZ Last Five Matches: L L (Avg Score For 29, Avg Score Against 172) 

 

SWIEQI UNITED (SWU)

Captain: Anil Qadir

Wicketkeeper: Anil Qadir

Projected Top Four: Imran Ameer, Tanveer Ahmed, Rana Amjad, Anil Qadir

Projected Opening Bowlers: Umar Khan, Bilal Khan

Spin Options: Imran Ameer

 

SWIEQI UNITED Key Players:

Anil Qadir, captain, can be a game changer with his six hitting abilities, racked up 38 runs from two matches with three fours and three sixes on Tuesday. Had a forgettable Thursday, scoring two ducks and will look to immediately bounce back.

Imran Ameer, experienced opening batsman, has played domestic cricket in Pakistan and will be aiming to make a mark on the grand stage of European Cricket, top scorer for SWU with 83 runs from four matches including a fifty. Also a good spinner and has chipped in with a wicket as well.

Bilal Khan, right-arm medium fast bowler, has good control over the ball, was leading wicket taker for his side last year in the Malta summer league. Has been economical with the ball picking up six wickets and is leading the wicket-taking charts for SWU, can also score quick runs down the order.



GOZO (GOZ)

Captain: Jerin Jacob

Wicketkeeper: Milton Devasia

Projected Top Four: Milton Devasia, Jerin Jacob, Ajeesh Antony, Senthil Raj

Projected Opening Bowlers: Renju Ravi, Shibil Palakkalappi

Spin Options: Milton Devasia, Jerin Jacob, Tanu Babu

 

GOZO Key Players:

Milton Devasia, a decent spinner capable of deceiving batsmen, picked up two wickets, also scored 17 runs in the second game on Thursday, top scoring for Gozo.

Sandeep Sasikumar, the right arm fast bowler was the most impressive GOZ bowler on debut. On a day when all his counterparts were being thrashed to all parts of the ground, he conceded at just SEVEN runs per over and claimed a deserved wicket as well.

Tanu Babu, clever leg-spinner, varies his pace nicely and keeps the batsmen guessing, bagged a wicket in his very first ball in ECS cricket.

 

These two winless sides appear to be the weakest in Group B. After being on the wrong side of a record breaking day, Gozo have to turn things around quickly, while Swieqi United will sense a decent opportunity to book a quarter-final place with a couple of wins.

 

Match Prediction: Swieqi United (SWU) to seal victory in both matches.

 

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MATCH 19  (ECS21.454)

OVERSEAS (OVR) v SUPER KINGS (SKI)

1100 GMT | 1300 CET | 1630 IST

 

MATCH 20  (ECS21.455)

OVERSEAS (OVR) v SUPER KINGS (SKI)

1330 GMT | 1530 CET | 1900 IST

 

OVR Last Five Matches: W W W W W (Avg Score For 108, Avg Score Against 75) 

SKI Last Five Matches: W W W W (Avg Score For 148, Avg Score Against 50) 

 

OVERSEAS (OVR)

Captain: Jurg Hirschi

Wicketkeeper: Sean Byrne

Projected Top Four: Charl Kleinepunte, Andy Naudi, Callum Burke, Sean Byrne

Projected Opening Bowlers: David Marks, Eldon Pillay

Spin Options: Jurg Hirschi, Callum Burke, Andrew Naudi, Jack Barritt

 

OVERSEAS Key Players:

Jurg Hirschi, right-arm leg-spinner, unorthodox but highly effective, joint leading wicket taker in December 2020 with 10 scalps. Started the season picking up six wickets in two games with a best return of 4-13.

Andy Naudi, top run scorer for Overseas amassing 224 runs in nine knocks last year, hit the most fours in the tournament - 24. Also chipped in with eight wickets.

Callum Burke, the all-rounder returned with impressive figures of 4-1 and mustered 37 runs in the second game to bag a man of the match award.

Charl Kleinepunte, left-hand opening batsman, has the ability to bat through the innings. Also left-arm medium pacer who can swing it and extracts plenty of bounce off the pitch, top scored for OVR mustering 91 runs including a 29-ball 58 against MTD.



SUPER KINGS (SKI)

Captain: Bikram Arora

Wicketkeeper: Affy Khan

Projected Top Four: Gopal Chaturvedi, Affy Khan, Varun Prasath, Bikram Arora

Projected Opening Bowlers: Ashok Bishnoi, Varun Prasath

Spin Options: Amar Sharma, Bikram Arora

 

SUPER KINGS Key Players:

Affy Khan, big hitter, can take the game away from the opposition in the blink of an eye, plundered 290 runs at a strike rate of 196, hammered the most sixes (22) in Malta Cricket League 2020. Scored his maiden ECS fifty against Gozo hammering an unbeaten 24-ball 79.

Varun Prasath, leading run scorer in Malta Cricket League 2020, racking up 335 runs including a marvellous unbeaten century off 65 balls. The left-hander started off with a bang plundering 133 runs from four games including 29-ball 63 vs SWU and is the second highest run scorer in the tournament so far.

Bikram Arora, SKI and Malta national team captain, returned to the side after the birth of his baby boy and celebrated it with a fantastic fifty in the opening game on Thursday.

Ashok Bishnoi, leads the bowling attack for SKI, swings the ball away from right handers at pace, is the top wicket taker so far scalping 11 wickets from four matches. Returned second best figures in ECS history, 6-3, against Gozo earning a man of the match award as well.

 

A meeting of the top two in the group, one of whom will taste defeat for the first time on Friday. Super Kings made history on Thursday (insert link) and will be looking to keep their winning momentum going. Overseas are much improved from last season and will provide the stiffest test to Super Kings unbeaten record.

 

Match Prediction: Super Kings (SKI) to win both contests and make it six straight wins.

 

 

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