MATCH 44 (ECS21.647) GOTEBORG CITY (GOC) v JONKOPING (JKP) 1230 GMT | 1430 CET | 1800 IST
GOC Last Five Matches: L W W W W (Avg Score For 115, Avg Score Against 85)
JKP Last Five Matches: L L L L NR (Avg Score For 91, Avg Score Against 119)
Captain: Abu Zar
Wicketkeeper: Shadhin Mahmood
Projected Top Four: Rahim Safi, Abu Zar, Mahib Shahin, Qasir Mahmood
Projected Opening Bowlers: Rahim Safi, Mahib Shahin
Spin Option(s): Hasibur Rahman, Vikas Dixit, Abu Zar
GOTEBORG CITY Key Players:
Rahim Safi, has joined GOC this season, one of the best all-rounders in the side, has the ability to change games on his own with his power-hitting. Also very quick and reliable with the ball in his hand. Third highest run scorer for GOC with 169 runs to his name and has also picked up SIX wickets.
Abu Zar, captain, LHB, is the best batsman in the side. Second highest run scorer in the tournament amassing 186 runs in eight games at a strike rate of 200.
Mahib Shahin, the hard hitting all-rounder bagged man of the match award in his very first ECS match for his all-round performance mustering 38 off 20 and picking up 2-16 vs LAN. He is leading the wickets column for GOC picking up EIGHT wickets. He has also scored 176 runs in seven innings and is the second highest for GOC.
Qasir Mahmood, the all-rounder looked good in the two games he played earlier in the tournament racking up 45 runs at a SR of 173.
Captain: Muhammad Ismail
Wicketkeeper: Bilal Munir
Projected Top Four: Riaz Khan, Sami Ibrahimkhil, Zabiullah Zadran, Sahargul Shirzad
Projected Opening Bowlers: Zabiullah Zadran, Sahargul Shirzad
Spin Option(s): Muhammad Ismail, Sami Ibrahimkhil
JONKOPING Key Players:
Riaz Khan, a very talented opening batsman, can destroy any bowling attack with his powerful hard-hitting ability. Mustered a 21-ball 41 vs MAL last Friday, and has racked up a total of 62 runs, picking up a couple of wickets as well.
Zabiullah Zadran, a very talented middle-order batsman, capable of building an innings and scoring quick runs. Right arm fast bowler, opens the bowling for JKP, can deliver at 140+ speed easily. Top scorer and wicket taker for JKP racking up 128 runs and picking up NINE wickets in eight games.
Sahargul Shirzadis a very economical and wicket-taking bowler with the ability to swing the ball. He is also a middle-order batsman who can add quick runs. Third highest run scorer for JKP with 82 runs including a man of the match performance in the first game vs HRO scoring a quickfire 33 of 13 balls. Has picked up four wickets as well.
Sami Ibrahimkhil, left handed opening batsman, has the ability to hit the ball out of the park, was in good hitting form on Wednesday mustering 47 runs in two games vs ARI at a SR of 181. Has racked up a total of 88 runs from eight games. Can also bowl some left-arm offies.
Jonkoping lost five in a row in the group stages to finish in fourth in Group A. JKP, reigning champs from European Cricket Series Gothenburg will be looking to bounce back in the business end of the competition. Goteborg City are in prime form, topping Group B with seven wins in eight games and will be confident of moving into the semi-finals. However, after a week off from the action, JKP will have had time to ponder where they went wrong and may have some star players available again.
Match Prediction: Goteborg City (GOC) to advance to the semi-finals with a comfortable win.
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