Mater Dei and Swieqi United fight it out for season’s first win - get fantasy tips and predictions
Struggling Group B teams Mater Dei (MTD) and Swieqi United (SWU) clash in the 15th match of ECS T10 Malta 2021 at the Marsa Sports Complex on Thursday, June 17.
Both the teams have lost two games each in the tournament so far, and are yet to open their points tally, sitting at the bottom of the Group B points table. While Mater Dei sit fourth with a net run rate of -4.543, Swieqi United sit fifth with an NRR of -5.250.
MTD vs OVR Dream11 prediction
With both the teams yet to register a win in the tournament so far, it is difficult to predict the favourites coming to this fixture. However, given that Swieqi are playing just their second season in ECS T10 Malta, as opposed to Mater Dei, who have a set team since 2018, it is MTD who have the advantage.
MTD vs OVR Dream11 team tips for ECS T10 Malta
Top tip: Best batsmen
Mater Dei captain Sam Aquilina will continue to be his side's best bet with the bat. The opener's 31-run knock had given Mater Dei a strong start against Overseas CC in the last game before the batting order fizzled out. Hence, fantasy team owners should back Aquilina to continue his form.
After his brilliant half-century in the last match against Super Kings, SWU opener Imran Ameer will be the man to watch out for in this fixture. Ameer hit five boundaries and three sixes to score his 50 at a strike rate of 108.3.
Top tip: Best bowlers
Though MTD bowlers failed to scalp a single wicket in their last game the team has a special bowler in Muthu Kumaran, who can check runs almost at will. The bowler has conceded 27 runs in four overs so far and will be a good pick for fantasy team owners.
SWU's Arslan Ahmed was the best bowler for his team in the last match after he conceded eight runs in his two overs and scalped a wicket as well. He has garnered 58 fantasy points so far and owners should have him in the team.
Top tip: All-rounder and wicket-keeper
Michael Nazir will be the difference-maker for MTD after the all-rounder was seen gradually getting into his groove over the first two matches. His ability to play unconventional shots all around the ground had made him one of the special players last edition.
MTD skipper Sam Aquilina has the most reliable hands behind the stumps. Being a top-order batsman also guarantees him the chance to play more balls than all other players, which make him an automatic wicket-keeping pick.
MTD vs OVR probable playing XI
Mater Dei (MTD) probable playing XI: Cornelius Younus, Azeem Sethi, Shrijay Patel, Michael Nazir, Sam Aquilina (captain) (wicket-keeper), Shamoon Liaqat, Mohit Panchal, Muthu Kumaran, Lazar Sharoon, Faisal Naeem, Atif Sharazy
Swieqi United (SWU) probable playing XI: Imran Ameer, Ijaz Hussain, Arslan Ahmed, Anil Qadir (captain) (wicket-keeper), Atta Rabi, Ajay Mazi, Aqeel Raza, Iftikhar Hussain, Hamza Ahmed, Bilal Khan, Umar Khan
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