1st Quarter Final - MATCH 41 (ECS21.476) MARSA (MAR) v SWIEQI UNITED (SWU) 0700 GMT | 0900 CET | 1230 IST
MAR Last Five Matches: W W W L L (Avg Score For 97, Avg Score Against 76)
SWU Last Five Matches: L W L L W (Avg Score For 95, Avg Score Against 96)
Captain: Haroon Mughal
Wicketkeeper: John Grima
Projected Top Four: Nowell Khosla, Zeeshan Khan, Niraj Khanna, Haroon Mughal
Projected Opening Bowlers: Waseem Abbas, Fanyan Mughal
Spin Options: Sidharth Anand
MARSA Key Players:
Nowell Khosla, right handed opening batsman, natural strokemaker, has had an ordinary tournament with the bat according to his standards scoring just 84 runs in seven innings, but is in good form with the ball scalping seven victims at a miserly economy rate of 6.80.
Zeeshan Khan, one of the top players for Marsa, is fearless and loves to take on the new ball bowlers, top run scorer for Marsa with 180 runs from eight matches with 14 LONG maximos.
Niraj Khanna, right-handed middle-order batsman has racked up 173 runs from seven innings including a crafty half century and was named man of the match for this effort.
Waseem Abbas, national team opening bowler, gets good movement off the seam, his height helps extract good bounce off the pitch that troubles batsmen. Top wicket taker for Marsa with 11 scalps from eight matches, can also give it a whack with bat in hand.
Captain: Anil Qadir
Wicketkeeper: Anil Qadir
Projected Top Four: Imran Ameer, Anil Qadir, Atta Rabi, Ijaz Hussain
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, had a cracking day with the bat on Thursday mustering 71 runs in two games at a strike rate of 215, is second highest run scorer for SWU racking up a total of 116 runs from seven innings.
Imran Ameer, experienced opening batsman, has played domestic cricket in Pakistan, top scorer for SWU with 160 runs from seven matches including a fifty. Scored an unbeaten 42 off 21 balls to upset OVR in the last group match to bag his first man of the match award. Also a good spinner and has chipped in with five wickets 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 joint leading wicket-taker for SWU, has mustered 67 runs with the bat.
Aqeel Raza, right arm fast bowler, has been impressive with the ball picking up six wickets in eight matches leading the wicket taking charts alongside Bilal Khan.
Reigning champions Marsa topped the group despite losing their last two games and not always looking in prime form. Now it’s all about the business end of the competition and a comfortable quarter-final awaits against Swieqi United, who despite managing to win their last game have often struggled to compete with more experienced sides.
Match Prediction: Marsa (MAR) to move imperiously into the last four.