Coimbra Knights (CK) will square off against defending champions Malo Qalandars (MAL) in the first match of European Cricket T10 Portugal 2022 at the Estádio Municipal de Miranda do Corvo on Thursday, July 21. The match will start at 9:30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).

Led by Mian Shahid, Malo clinched the previous edition of ECN T10 Portugal, having defeated Gorkha 11 by three runs in the final last year. Earlier in the league phase, Malo won 10 of their 12 matches to finish second in the standings.

On the other hand, Coimbra Knights will look for an improved showing in the upcoming ECN T10 Portugal tournament after finishing sixth last season. The Christopher Redhead-led side managed just a solitary win in 12 matches in the league phase last year.

CK vs MAL Dream11 prediction

Malo are unbeaten against Coimbra Knights in T10 cricket, having won all three matches so far.

Furthermore, Malo head into the European Cricket T10 tournament with five consecutive victories under their belt. Meanwhile, the Knights have secured just one win in their last five matches.

Going by recent form and past head-to-head record, MAL will start as overwhelming favourites against CK on Thursday.

CK vs MAL Dream11 team tips for European Cricket T10 Portugal 2022

Top Tip: Best batter 

Malo Qalandars’ Amandeep Singh is the most picked player for the opening match of European Cricket T10 Portugal 2022. In 2021, the 27-year-old scored 230 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate of 127.77. Apart from being a solid batter, Amandeep also picked eight wickets last year at an economy of 6.42. He will be a quality investment for any fantasy team at 9.5 credits.

Top Tip: Best bowler

In the bowling department, Syed Maisam of Malo will be the player to watch out for. The right-arm fast bowler claimed seven wickets in 12 wickets last year at an economy of 8.38. Maisam is also quite handy with the bat, having scored 116 runs coming lower down the batting order. At 9 credits, the Malo pacer will be a worthy fantasy pick for the first match of ECN T10 Portugal 2022.

Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Among the all-rounders on display, one must pick Malo Qalandars’ Najam Shahzad in the fantasy cricket team. The 34-year-old Portugal all-rounder has amassed 225 runs and bagged 10 wickets in 14 matches so far. Shahzad will be a great fantasy pick at 9 credits.

For the wicket-keeper spot, Coimbra Knights’ Lovey Saini will be the overwhelming choice. Along with his impressive wicket-keeping skills, the CK gloveman has played a few blitzkrieg knocks in European Cricket T10. At just 8.5 credits, Saini could be a valuable addition to any fantasy side.

CK vs MK full squads

Coimbra Knights: Christopher Redhead (captain), Aman Singh, Amit Kumar, Andrew Winter, Balwinder Singh, Deep Josan, Faisal Bashir, Girish Singh (wicket-keeper), Gurjeet Singh, Harvinder Singh, Hugh Waddup, James Smallman (wicket-keeper), Junaid Khan, Lovey Saini (wicket-keeper), Lucky Bhatoa, Manjeet Singh, Md Zaman (wicket-keeper), Panda Waddup, Pedro Madeira, Ravi Jakhu, Robbie Georgiou, Tom Nicholas, Tony Madeira, Vikas Kumar

Malo Qalandars: Mian Shahid (captain), Aamer Ikram, Adnan Gondal, Ali Mehdi, Amandeep Singh, Asim Sarwar, Assad Mehmood, Conrad Greenshieds, Gulfam Shahid, Jayesh Popat (wicket-keeper), Muddasar Shahzad, Muhammad Adnan, Najam Shahzad, Rana Sarwar (wicket-keeper), Shan Malik (wicket-keeper), Syed Maisam, Waleed Amjad, Yasir Shabir, Zulfiqar Shah

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