MATCH 23 (ECS21.898) AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF MALTA (AUM) v ROYAL STRIKERS (RST) 1130 GMT | 1230 CET | 1700 IST
AUM Last Five Matches: L L L WL(Avg Score For 77, Avg Score Against 99)
RST Last Five Matches: L L L L W (Avg Score For 71, Avg Score Against 92)
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF MALTA (AUM)
Captain: Jit Patel
Wicketkeeper: Darshit Patankar
Projected Top Four: Darshit Patankar, Bikram Arora, Varun Prasath, Abhishek Prajapati
Projected Opening Bowlers: Jit Patel, Varun Prasath
Spin Options: Zoheb Malek, Abhishek Kuntala, Darshnik Gohil
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF MALTA Key Players:
Zoheb Malek, the all-rounder ended as the leading wicket taker for AUM earlier in the year scalping EIGHT wickets in nine matches. He also racked up 102 runs.
Darshit Patankar, the wicket-keeper batsman mustered 224 runs in nine games at a strike rate of 166 including two unbeaten fifties. He ended up as the second highest run scorer in the FanCode ECS Malta 2021.
Varun Prasath, the left-hander featured for the victorious Super Kings at FanCode ECS Malta 2021. He finished as the leading run scorer in the tournament, plundering 351 runs in 10 innings with 33 long sixes.
Bikram Arora, Malta national team captain, another Super Kings player, the right hander racked up 216 runs in nine games in the previous edition finishing as the third highest scorer in the tournament.
ROYAL STRIKERS (RST)
Captain: Savio Thomas
Wicketkeeper: Manuel Jobi
Projected Top Four: Rejit Abraham, Livin Varghese, Kushlesh Koppaka, Manuel Jobi
Projected Opening Bowlers: Rubin James, Jaison Jerome
Spin Options: Ashwin Raju, Jaimon Johnson
ROYAL STRIKERS Key Players:
Livin Varghese, RHB, top scorer for Royal Strikers in the previous edition racking up 117 runs in eight games.
Savio Thomas, captain, second highest scorer for RST in the FanCode ECS Malta 2021 scoring 75 runs from eight matches.
Kushlesh Koppaka, valuable all-rounder, top wicket taker for RST last edition picking up FIVE wickets with a best return of 3-3. He will also look to contribute with the bat up the order.
Jaison Jerome, right arm fast bowler, finished as joint second highest wicket taker for RST scalping FOUR wickets.
American University of Malta made a massive improvement in the summer with four wins as opposed to one in ECS Malta 2020, before losing to Overseas in the quarter-finals. AUM will fancy their chances of going all the way having boosted their squad with a couple of Malta Internationals Bikram Arora and Varun Prasath.
Newcomers in ECS Malta 2021, Royal Strikers struggled the entire season losing seven games on the trot before signing off with a win. RST will be keen for a better showing this time around.
Last time they met: ECS21.437 | AUM 70(7.4) def RST 69 (14 Jun 2021)
Match Prediction: American University of Malta (AUM) to win at a canter.
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