2nd SEMI FINAL - MATCH 46 (ECS21.601) ALBY ZALMI CF (ALZ) v DJURGARDENS IF (DIF) 0900 GMT | 1100 CET | 1430 IST
ALZ Last Five Matches: L W W L W (Avg Score For 108, Avg Score Against 94)
DIF Last Five Matches: W L NR L W (Avg Score For 103, Avg Score Against 90)
Captain: Rahel Khan
Wicketkeeper: Ismaeel Zia
Projected Top Four: Rahel Khan, Shahed Ali, Azam Khalil, Zia Alozai
Projected Opening Bowlers: Qudratullah Mir Afzal, Zia Alozai
Spin Option(s): Azam Khalil, Rahel Khan, Sami Khalil
ALBY ZALMI CF Key Players:
Azam Khalil, all-rounder, highest run scorer for ALZ with 160 runs from nine games. He is also the second highest wicket taker for ALZ picking up 10 wickets. Has bagged two man of the match awards including the one against PF in the quarter-final for his 16-ball 40* to take ALZ home comfortably.
Rahel Khan, solid top order batsman and a good leg spinner, recently selected for the Swedish national team. Second highest run scorer and top wicket taker for ALZ scoring 147 runs and picking up 11 wickets. Was awarded man of the match vs DIF for his all-round show scoring 32 off 14 and picking up 2-14.
Qudratullah Mir Afzalis a talented middle order batsman and opens the bowling for ALZ, has good control over the new ball. Has scored 100 runs and picked up a couple of wickets as well.
Zia Alozai, the all-rounder returned figures of 3-19 in his very first game of the series vs Marsta. He has also racked up 72 runs in four innings.
Ismaeel Zia, the wicket-keeper batsman scored 32 off 18 balls against Huddinge on Thursday to bag his first man of the match award this season.
Captain: Wynand Boshoff
Wicketkeeper: Wynand Boshoff
Projected Top Four: Wynand Boshoff, Daniel Nissila,Shahzeb Choudhry, Richie Robbins
Projected Opening Bowlers: Serge Conein, Prashant Shukla
Spin Option(s): Prashant Shukla, Ankit Dubey, Shravan Kannan
DJURGARDENS IF Key Players:
Shahzeb Choudhryis a big contributor for DIF with bat and ball, already taking away two man of the match awards. The all-rounder has racked up 111 runs and picked up 12 wickets this term to lead the wicket taking charts.
Richie Robbins, the right hander has been in good touch this season. He is the second highest run scorer for DIF with 143 runs from eight games.
Wynand Boshoff, captain and driving force of the team, a natural strokemaker who can also hit the long ball. Top scorer in the tournament smashing 219 runs in seven games, bagging a couple of man of the match awards as well. Has hit the most fours this season with 29 hits to the ropes.
Prashant Shukla, the leg spinner has been mighty impressive picking up 10 wickets at an economy rate of 7.12 and a best return of 3-8.
Serge Conein, experienced medium pacer, has good control over the ball and is able to swing the ball both ways. Man of the match in the quarter-finals for an outstanding spell of 4-16 becoming only the third bowler this series to bag a four-wicket haul.
Shravan Kannan, another DIF spinner who has spun his web around batsmen in the tournament picking up 10 wickets in seven matches.
Ankit Dubey is a key spinner for DIF with multiple variations up his sleeves. Played his first game of the season on Tuesday and made an impact straightway returning figures of 2-8 vs HUD. Has picked up SIX wickets in six overs so far.
Alby Zalmi lost four of their first five games before recovering to finish fourth, ahead of previous winners Nacka, also knocking out another reigning champion in Pakistanska Forening in the quarter-finals. Against Stockholm, Djurgardens IF broke a run of three games without a win to ease into the semi-finals. The two sides shared the spoils with a win a piece in the group stages. Who will get the bragging rights and a place in the final?
Last time they met: ECS21.589 | ALZ 110 def DIF 78 (28 Jul 2021)
Match Prediction: Djurgardens IF (DIF) to win a close encounter.
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