MATCH 3 (ECS21.438) SOUTHERN CRUSADERS (SOC) v ATLAS UTC KNIGHTS (AUK) 1100 GMT | 1300 CET | 1630 IST
SOC Last Five Matches: L L W W L (Avg Score For 114, Avg Score Against 126)
AUK Last Five Matches: W NR NR W L (Avg Score For 98, Avg Score Against 97)
Captain: Michael Goonetilleke
Wicketkeeper: Gopal Thakur
Projected Top Four: Ryan Bastiansz, Michael Goonetilleke, Zeeshan Yousaf, Gopal Thakur
Projected Opening Bowlers: Muhammad Bilal, Zeeshan Yousaf
Spin Options: Jojo Thomas, Ryan Bastiansz, Azwan Kamaleen, Eranga Jayawardhana, Aneel Shahid
SOUTHERN CRUSADERS Key Players:
Zeeshan Yousaf, all-rounder, big hitting opener, moves the ball both ways, picked up eight wickets leading the wicket taking charts and piled up 150 runs in the previous edition, is a good outfielder too.
Gopal Thakur, go-to-man with the bat for SOC in ECS Malta 2020, leading run-scorer racking up 199 runs with a best of 54.
Ryan Ricky Bastiansz, scores quickly, is good off the back foot, mustered 175 runs including 15 towering sixes in the previous edition.
Jojo Thomas, right arm finger spinner, joint leading wicket taker scalping eight wickets with a best of 2-9 in December 2020.
Captain: Sujesh Appu
Wicketkeeper: Ajay John
Projected Top Four: Samuel Stanislaus, Ciril Mathew, Al Ameen Abdul, Manoj Salikumar
Projected Opening Bowlers: Sujesh Appu, Justin Shaju
Spin Options: Samuel Stanislaus
ATLAS UTC KNIGHTS Key Players:
Samuel Stanislaus, Knights Mr Dependable, leading run-scorer in the previous edition with 339 runs to his name, hammered 26 HUGE maximos, considered the best Knights fielder.
Justin Shaju, one to watch with the ball, can swing the ball around at a decent pace, picked up seven wickets in the previous edition with best figures of 3-24.
Bose Paul, big hitting all-rounder, didn't get to bat much previously but finished as leading wicket taker for AUK with nine scalps from 10 matches.
Runners-up in the previous edition, Atlas UTC Knights will face off against Southern Crusaders in a double header to start off their campaign. The two sides finished top of the group standings in December 2020, but it was AUK who had the wood over SOC beating them twice. And while these two teams could be rusty, they wouldn't leave any stone unturned in this fierce rivalry.
Last time they met: AUK 112 def SOC 92 (1 Dec 2020)
Match Prediction: Atlas UTC Knights (AUK) are fancied to emerge victorious in a close game.