MATCH 9 (ECS21.444) ROYAL STRIKERS (RST) v MARSA (MAR) 0700 GMT | 0900 CET | 1230 IST
RST Last Five Matches: L L (Avg Score For 58, Avg Score Against 105)
MAR Last Five Matches: L W NR W W (Avg Score For 128, Avg Score Against 103)
Captain: Savio Thomas
Wicketkeeper: Sanish Mani
Projected Top Four: Kushlesh Koppaka, Livin Varghese, Febin Poulose, Mohammed Shareef
Projected Opening Bowlers: Rubin James, Jaison Jerome
Spin Options: Sebin Thomas, Jithin Joy, Clinto Paul
ROYAL STRIKERS Key Players:
Livin Varghese, RHB, top scorer for Royal Strikers in 2020 summer league in Malta, will also bowl some medium pacers in the middle overs.
Febin Poulose, hitman of Royal Strikers, can hit big sixes with ease. The right hand batsman will add a lot of value in the RST middle order with his power hitting.
Rubin James, right arm fast bowler, a new ball specialist who will open the bowling for RST. He will be hoping to provide early breakthroughs.
Captain: Haroon Mughal
Wicketkeeper: John Grima
Projected Top Four: Nowell Khosla, Zeeshan Khan, Fanyan Mughal, Haroon Mughal
Projected Opening Bowlers: David Athwal, Waseem Abbas
Spin Options: Sidharth Anand
MARSA Key Players:
Nowell Khosla, right handed opening batsman, natural strokemaker, second highest run scorer in the previous edition amassing 235 runs including 21 maximos.
Zeeshan Khan, one of the top players for Marsa, is fearless and loves to take on the new ball bowlers, racked up 211 runs in the previous edition.
Fanyan Mughal, right handed batsman, left arm fast bowler, death over specialist, scored 164 runs at an SR of 208 and picked up seven wickets in the previous edition.
Waseem Abbas, national team opening bowler, gets good movement off the seam, joint leading wicket-taker in the last edition with 10 scalps, his height helps extract good bounce off the pitch that troubles batsmen.
Defending champions Marsa enter the fray taking on Royal Strikers on home soil. Marsa boast an array of fiercely competitive and talented cricketers. The home side will be keen to make a fast start against debutants Royal Strikers to stay abreast of AUM and AUK who are already sitting comfortably on two wins each.
Match Prediction: Marsa (MAR) to win with plenty to spare.