MATCH 18 (ECS21.893) SOUTHERN CRUSADERS (SOC) v MATER DEI (MTD) 0930 GMT | 1030 CET | 1500 IST
SOC Last Five Matches: W L W L W (Avg Score For 77, Avg Score Against 74)
MTD Last Five Matches: L W W NR NR (Avg Score For 87, Avg Score Against 82)
SOUTHERN CRUSADERS (SOC)
Captain: Zeshan Yousaf
Wicketkeeper: Cindu Shanmuganathan
Projected Top Four: Sumair Khan,Ezhaq Masih,Zeshan Yousaf, Bilal Khan
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. Highest wicket taker for SOC picking up EIGHT wickets in six games at an ER of 4.16.
Jojo Thomas, right handed batter and arm finger spinner, top scorer for SOC racking up 65 runs in six games. He has also picked up FOUR wickets including a best return of 3-14 vs OVR on Tuesday.
Zeshan Yousaf, all-rounder, big hitting opener, moves the ball both ways, second highest run scorer and wicket taker for SOC scoring 59 runs and picking up SIX wickets.
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 in four games.
Azeem Sathi, a destructive right handed batter, and fierce medium pace bowler, has looked in fine form scoring 69 runs in four games. He has also picked up a couple of wickets.
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 62 runs and picking up FIVE wickets.
Pintu Ghosh, the right arm medium pacer leads the wickets column for MTD picking up SIX wickets in four games including a match winning spell of 4-21 vs OVR.
Leaders Mater Dei lock horns with Southern Crusaders who have been in decent form winning three of their last five games. MTD have a two-point advantage over other four teams and also possess a superior NRR. A decent win in one of the two games should seal the top spot for MTD.
Match Prediction: Mater Dei to assume top spot with a win.
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