MATCH 25 (ECS21.900) GOZO (GOZ) v ATLAS UTC KNIGHTS (AUK) 0730 GMT | 0830 CET | 1300 IST
GOZ Last Five Matches: W L LL L(Avg Score For 66, Avg Score Against 96)
AUK Last Five Matches: W L W NR W (Avg Score For 80, Avg Score Against 68)
Captain: Jerin Jacob
Wicketkeeper: Senthil Raj
Projected Top Four: Joshby Job, Indika Perera, Milton Devasia, Aji Wilson
Projected Opening Bowlers: Rishal Simon, Rafeeque Mohammed
Spin Options: Milton Devasia, Ajeesh Antony
GOZO Key Players:
Milton Devasia, all-rounder, top scorer for Gozo in the previous edition scoring 98 runs in eight matches. He is also a decent spinner capable of deceiving batsmen, picked up FOUR wickets.
Sandeep Sasikumar, the right arm fast bowler was the most impressive GOZ bowler in June earlier this year. First Gozo player to win a man of the match award on the grand stage of European Cricket, led the wicket taking charts for Gozo with EIGHT scalps. He also scored 57 runs.
Senthil Raj, the all-rounder, second highest scorer for Gozo back in June earlier this year racking up 90 runs in six games and picked up THREE wickets as well.
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. Scored 22 off 13 balls and picked up a wicket vs MAR.
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. Scored an unbeaten 37 vs MAR on Saturday.
Sujesh Appu, the AUK skipper led from the front scalping most wickets for his side in the FanCode ECS Malta 2021. Scalped a couple of wickets vs MAR on Saturday.
Justin Shaju, another valuable all-rounder, can swing the ball around at a decent pace and score handy runs down the order.
Atlas UTC Knights started off with a comfortable win against Marsa and will be confident of going into the double header against a not so strong GOZ side. Gozo struggled throughout the tournament last season racking up a series of unwanted records in the process. GOZ will be determined for a better showing this time around.
Match Prediction: Atlas UTC Knights (AUK) to win at a canter.
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