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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