1ST SEMI FINAL - MATCH 22 (ECS21.745) MALO (MAL) v GORKHA 11 (GOR) 0930 GMT | 1330 CET | 1700 IST
MAL Last Five Matches: L W W W W (Avg Score For 125, Avg Score Against 108)
GOR Last Five Matches: W L L L W (Avg Score For 99, Avg Score Against 107)
Captain: Mian Mehmood
Wicketkeeper: Jayesh Popat
Projected Top Four: Mian Mehmood, Zulfiqar Shah, Aamer Ikram, Amir Zaib
Projected Opening Bowlers: Najam Shahzad, Syed Maisam
Spin Options: Assad Mehmood
Malo Key Players:
Mian Shahid, captain, top all-rounder, third highest scorer for MAL racking up 112 runs including back-to-back man of the match performances on Wednesday taking his side to two crucial victories.
Najam Shahzad, another star all-rounder, second highest scorer for MAL scoring 137 runs at a strike rate of 211 and has scalped three wickets.
Amir Zaib, the all-rounder, top scorer and wicket taker for MAL mustering 152 runs at a SR of 224 including a 28-ball 67 vs GOR and has picked up SEVEN wickets.
Syed Maisam, a valuable all-rounder, hasn’t been at his best this tournament but managed to contribute with bat and ball on Friday bagging a first man of the match award.
Assad Mehmood, right arm slow bowler, very effective, second highest wicket taker for MAL picking up FIVE wickets with a best return of 3-12.
GORKHA 11 (GOR)
Captain: Madhukar Thapa
Wicketkeeper: Suman Ghimire
Projected Top Four: Suman Ghimire, Imran Khan, Rahul Hudda, Amandeep Ghumman
Projected Opening Bowlers: Imran Khan, Rahul Bhardwaj
Spin Options: Manjit Singh, Saddam Akbory
GORKHA 11 Key Players:
Imran Khan, hard-hitting Portuguese international, second highest scorer for GOR mustering 148 runs in six games including an unbeaten 51 off 26 balls vs Malo. Also picked up FOUR wickets.
Suman Ghimire, solid wicket keeper batsman, highest scorer for GOR racking up 149 runs in six games including a man of the match performance of 69* off 35 balls vs Malo.
Rahul Bhardwaj, experienced right arm medium pacer, highest wicket taker for GOR picking up NINE wickets in six games. Returned tournament best figures of 4-10 vs FRD earlier in the day.
Madhukar Thapa, captain, scalped THREE wickets on Monday at an ER of just 5.75. Second highest wicket taker for GOR picking up EIGHT wickets. He is the most economical GOR bowler this tournament.
Arslan Naeem, the 21-year old medium pacer bowls with good control and has enough pace to trouble batsmen. Third highest wicket taker for GOR so far picking up SEVEN wickets in six games including a best return of 3-10.
Reigning champions Malo have raised their game towards the business end of the competition and will be strong favourites to beat Gorkha 11.
Last time they met: ECS21.726 | GOR 128 def MAL 119 (6 Sep 2021)
Match Prediction: Malo (MAL) to win comfortably and reach another final in Portugal.
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