MATCH 10 (ECS21.885) BUGIBBA BLASTERS (BBL) v SOUTHERN CRUSADERS (SOC) 0930 GMT | 1030 CET | 1500 IST
BBL Last Five Matches: L W (Avg Score For 109, Avg Score Against 106)
SOC Last Five Matches: L L W L W (Avg Score For 73, Avg Score Against 85)
BUGIBBA BLASTERS (BBL)
Captain: Partha Das
Wicketkeeper: Gaurav Maithani
Projected Top Four: Gaurav Maithani, Vijay Singh, Vinay Negi, Faiz Ullah
Projected Opening Bowlers: Sohan Singh, Suresh Dobal
Spin Options: Partha Das
BUGIBBA BLASTERS Key Players:
Gaurav Maithani, solid, technical top-order batter, boasts previous ECS experience playing for SOC in 2020, can hit big sixes and will be looking to provide fast starts.Scored an unbeaten 77 off 30 balls vs OVR on Monday.
Faiz Ullah, top-order batter with a cool and calm mindset, a good runner between the wickets who can convert singles into doubles, plays along the ground more often and is also good at finding gaps. Second highest scorer for BBL racking up 73 runs in two games including an unbeaten 52 off 35 balls.
Partha Das, off-spinner, has played for the Lithuanian national side, capable of making significant impact in the middle overs restricting the run flow, was the best bowler in the Malta T20 Premier Cricket League 2021 scalping 13 wickets in six matches at an ER of 5.40.
Vinay Negi, a talented top-order batter with the ability to bowl at any slot with a tight line and length. He is a good hitter especially straight down the ground.
SOUTHERN CRUSADERS (SOC)
Captain: Zeshan Yousaf
Wicketkeeper: Cindu Shanmuganathan
Projected Top Four: Sumair Khan,Ezhaq Masih,Zeshan Yousaf, Muhammad Bilal
Projected Opening Bowlers: Bilal Khan, Zeshan Yousaf
Spin Options: Jojo Thomas, Suhrid Roy
SOUTHERN CRUSADERS Key Players:
Bilal Khan, is one of the fastest bowlers in Malta with the ability to move the ball both ways. Second highest wicket taker for SOC picking up FIVE wickets in four games at an ER of 3.25.
Jojo Thomas, right arm finger spinner, has picked up FOUR wickets in four games including a best return of 3-14 vs OVR on Tuesday.
Zeshan Yousaf, all-rounder, big hitting opener, moves the ball both ways, top wicket taker for SOC scalping SIX victims in four games. He has also scored 50 runs.
Ishantha Kariyawasam, right handed batter, top scorer for SOC so far racking up 54 runs in three games.
Newcomers Bugibba Blasters take on Southern Crusaders in the opening double header. Soc and BBL are the only two sides with a positive NRR so far but SOC sit atop the group with a couple of wins.
Match Prediction: Bugibba Blasters to rack up a second win.
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