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Ariana AKIF, Malmo face-off in a semis clash - get ECS Sweden, Malmo T10, semi-final 2 predictions

Malmo (MAL) face a tough challenge as they take on Ariana AKIF (AF) in the second semi-final of ECS Sweden, Malmo T10 2021 at the Landskrona Cricket Club on Saturday, August 14.

AF topped Group A with stupendous performances that saw them win seven out of their eight matches and collect 14 points. They are a batting-heavy unit backed by some remarkable set of bowlers that have done their job when called upon. 

MAL on the other hand faced a bumpy ride during their journey to the semi-final. They won three matches in the group stage and overcame Malmo in the quarter-final to secure their semis berth.

AF vs MAL Dream11 prediction

The contest seems heavily tilted in favour of AF. Though MAL head into the match on the back of a 10-wicket win over Landskrona, it is AF’s consistency that gives them the edge in this knockout encounter. One can expect AF to gain entry to the final after securing a comfortable victory. 

AF vs MAL Dream11 team tips for ECS T10 Malmo

Top tip: Best batsmen

Khaled Mohammad is a top pick from the AF batting line-up. The opening batsman is known to give great starts to the team. He scored a 16-ball 38 in the quarter-final against Lund, which set up an eight-wicket win for his side. 

Opening batsman Sudais Khan is a great pick from among the MAL batsmen. He scored an unbeaten 12-ball 31 with a strike rate of 258 in the quarter-final against LAN and helped his side secure a 10-wicket win. 

Top tip: Best bowlers

Abdul Naser can prove to be a key bowler in the crucial semi-final for AF. He bagged three wickets for just six runs in the quarter-final against LND and will be hoping to continue his winning form. 

Musadaq Mubarak is in some fine form at the moment for MAL. He took a three-wicket haul and conceded just four runs off his two overs in the quarter-final against LAN, making him a priority addition for fantasy players.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper 

Sreekanth Medavarapu can prove to be a smart pick in the all-rounder category for AF. He scalped two wickets for nine runs in his two overs and also scored an unbeaten 13 in a successful run chase in the quarter-final. Fantasy owners will surely be banking on him once again. 

Ihsan Shirzad is a fine pick for the wicket-keeping category for this match. The 23-year old is brilliant behind the stumps and also smashed a 9-ball 24 for AF in the quarter-final. He also hit a 21-ball 57 earlier in the tournament and can be expected to have an impact in the semi-final as well. 

AF vs MAL probable playing XI

AF playing XI (probable): Dharmender Singh (captain), Ihsan Shirzad (wicket-keeper), Khaled Mohammad, Delawar Khan, Sedik Sahak, Abdul Naser, Mahmood Hijazi, Yousaf Babak, Imran Khan, Krishna Digimurthi, Sreekanth Medavarapu

MAL playing XI (probable): Nikhil Mathur (wicket-keeper), Sudais Khan, Harris Aziz, Hammad Rafiq (captain), Husain Cheema, Musadaq Mubarak, Qaiser Munir, Saad Mohammad, Saqlain Shah, Sunny Sharma, Yarjan Mohammadi

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