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Atlas UTC Knights (AUK) clash with Mater Dei (MTD) in the second quarter-final of the ECS T10 Malta 2021 at the Marsa Sports Complex on Friday, June 25.

AUK finished second in Group A with 12 points from eight matches with six wins and two losses. They are riding high on confidence after a brilliant performance in the group stages and will have the upper hand against their quarter-final opponents.

MTD came third in Group A and have been inconsistent as their record of four wins and four losses, which led to them collecting eight points en-route to the quarter-finals demonstrates. They face an uphill task against AUK.

AUK vs MTD Dream11 prediction

The battle between the two sides promises to be an edge-of-the-seat contest. However, AUK are likely to come out on top given their experience. They performed better in the group stage and are the more consistent unit, making them favourites to emerge triumphant from Friday’s encounter.

AUK vs MTD Dream11 team tips for ECS T10 Malta

Top tip: Best batsmen

Samuel Stanislaus is the batsman to watch out for in the AUK camp. He smashed an unbeaten 31-ball 47 with two fours as well as four sixes against the Royal Strikers and will look to carry his form into the quarter-final.

Shrijay Patel is in fine form for MTD at the moment. He can bat at the top-order as well as in the middle and is used to chipping in with some important knocks.He scored a 17-ball 24 versus Gozo at the top and a 23-ball 32 coming in at No. 4 versus Super Kings. These qualities make him a wise fantasy pick. 

Top tip: Best bowlers

Skipper Sujesh Appu was the pick of the bowlers for AUK in the last match versus RST. He finished with figures of 3/11 from his two overs and broke the back of the opposition batting. His form could prove to be a huge boost for AUK. 

Faisal Naeem is in tremendous form for MTD. He took a brilliant  3/1 versus GOZ and followed it up with another two-wicket haul against the same opposition. Naeem will be hoping to carry his form into the quarter-final clash.

Top tip: All-rounder and wicket-keeper

Azeem Sathi is the perfect all-round pick for this match. The MTD player has been contributing with bat and ball at crucial moments to turn the tide in his team’s favour. He scored a 19-ball 24 versus SKI and averages 57 fantasy points per match.

Sam Aquilina is a good wicket-keeping option for this knockout match. The MTD gloveman averages 25 fantasy points per match and has a safe pair of hands behind the stumps.

AUK vs MTD probable playing XI

Atlas UTC Knights playing XI (probable): Sujesh Appu (captain), Shahin Saddham, Nithin Sunny, Al Ameen Abdul, Basil George, Samuel Stanislaus, Nithin Babu, Bose Paul, Manoj Salikumar, Jamel Muhammed, Ajay John (wicket-keeper)

Mater Dei playing XI (probable): Azeem Sathi, Cornelius Younus, Shrijay Patel, Michael Nazir, Suleman Muhammad, Sam Aquilina (captain & wicket-keeper), Muthu Kumaran, Shamoon Liaqat, Salman Khan, Faisal Naeem, Mohit Panchal

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