1ST SEMI-FINAL - MATCH 45 (ECS21.920) MATER DEI (MTD) v ATLAS UTC KNIGHTS (AUK) 0830 GMT | 0930 CET | 1400 IST
MTD Last Five Matches: NR NR W W NR (Avg Score For 95, Avg Score Against 80)
AUK Last Five Matches: W L L W W(Avg Score For 106, Avg Score Against 85)
MATER DEI (MTD)
Captain: Sam Aquilina
Wicketkeeper: Sam Aquilina
Projected Top Four: Cornelius Younus, Azeem Sathi, Muhammad Suleman, Michael Nazir
Projected Opening Bowlers: Rency Jacob, Edward Mahima
Spin Options: Michael Nazir, Atif Sharazy, Salman Khan
MATER DEI Key Players:
Cornelius Younus, left-handed opening batsman who likes to go after the bowlers from ball one. Highest scorer for MTD racking up 88 runs at an average of 29.33 and SR of 163.
Azeem Sathi, a destructive right handed batter, and fierce medium pace bowler, has looked in fine form scoring 86 runs in seven games. He has also picked up EIGHT wickets leading the wickets column for MTD. Returned figures of 4-11 vs RST
Michael Nazir, former national team player, decent batsman who times the ball very well. A crafty off-spinner who can deceive batsmen with his change in pace. Has bagged a couple of player of the match awards for his impactful performances with both bat and ball scoring a total of 65 runs and picking up SIX wickets.
Pintu Ghosh, the right arm medium pacer, joint second highest wicket taker for MTD picking up SIX wickets in five games including a match winning spell of 4-21 vs OVR.
ATLAS UTC KNIGHTS (AUK)
Captain: Sujesh Appu
Wicketkeeper: Avinash Dileep
Projected Top Four: Samuel Stanislaus, Manoj Panicker, Basil George, Avinash Dileep
Projected Opening Bowlers: Asif Sha, Justin Shaju
Spin Options: Samuel Stanislaus
ATLAS UTC KNIGHTS Key Players:
Basil George, star all-rounder, powerhouse of AUK with the bat, has the ability to smash all around the park. Has scored 137 runs and picked up FOUR wickets in five games so far.
Samuel Stanislaus, Knight's Mr Dependable, has been the leading run scorer for AUK in both the previous ECS editions. He can also roll his arm when needed. Top scorer in the tournament so far racking up 206 runs in eight innings including a 30-ball 51* vs Gozo. He has also picked up FOUR wickets.
Avinash Dileep, wicket keeper batter, third highest run scorer for AUK racking up 127 runs in eight innings.
Sujesh Appu, AUK skipper, has bowled brilliantly so far sticking to tight line and lengths. Top wicket taker for AUK scalping SIX wickets.
Justin Shaju, right arm pacer, joint leading wicket taker for AUK picking up SIX wickets with a best return of 2-2.
Mater Dei and Atlas UTC Knights lock horns for the first time in ECS in the all-important semi-final of the FanCode ECS Malta Encore. AUK secured a comfortable victory over SOC in the quarter-final while MTD progressed on finishing higher on the table after a rain washout. Both sides are matched equally and will fancy their chances of making it to the final.
Match Prediction: Atlas UTC Knights (MTD) to win a close contest and seal a place in the final.
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