Defending champions Malo (MAL) will lock horns with Friendship CC (FRD) in the second match of ECS T10 Cartaxo 2021 at the Cartaxo Cricket Ground in Portugal on Monday, September 6.

Led by captain Mian Mehmood, Malo thrashed Alvalade CC by 10 wickets in the ECS T10 Cartaxo final last year to claim the elusive ECS title. 

On the other hand, Friendship CC (FRD) are making their ECS T10 debut this season alongside two other teams - Fighters CC (FIG) and Wild Panthers (WLP).

MAL vs FRD Dream11 prediction

While Malo will be high on confidence after winning both the European Cricket Series Cartaxo 2020 and FanCode Portugal T10 2021, debutant Friendship CC will have some nerves heading into the ECS T10 tournament. Furthermore, Malo is the most successful Portuguese side in ECN history with an impressive win-loss record of 18-3. Going by recent history, Malo will start as overwhelming favourites against newcomers Friendship CC on Monday. 

MAL vs FRD Dream11 team tips for ECS T10 Cartaxo

Top Tip: Best batsman

Friendship CC’s Md Omar Faruk will be the batsman to watch out for in the second encounter of ECS T10 Cartaxo 2021. The 31-year-old has been picked by 93.2 per cent of fantasy users and is available for 9.5 credits. 

Top Tip: Best bowler

Amir Zaib of Malo was the leading wicket-taker in the last edition of ECS T10 Cartaxo. The right-arm medium-pacer claimed 10 wickets in seven matches at an economy of just 6.85. He is likely to be the go-to bowler for the defending champions once again.

Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

As far as all-rounders are concerned, one must pick Malo’s Zafar Ali in their fantasy cricket team. Ali scored 104 runs in five matches last season at an average of 52 and at a strike rate of 142.46. He also picked four wickets at an economy of 5.55.

For the wicket-keeper spot, Jayesh Popat of Malo will be the preferred choice over Mizu Rahman. Apart from fulfiling his wicket-keeping responsibilities, Popat is also handy with the bat.

MAL vs FRD full squads

MAL squad: Mian Mehmood (captain), Aamer Ikram, Adnan Gondal, Ajay Makan (wicket-keeper), Amir Zaib, Assad Mehmood, Gulfam Shahid, Jayesh Popat (wicket-keeper), Muhammad Irfan, Muhammad Sulaman, Najam Shahzad, Raj Popat, Shan Aziz (wicket-keeper), Syed Ali, Syed Maisam, Tahir Mahmood, Umar Farooq, Yasir Sabir, Zulfiqar Shah

FRD squad: Abdus Samad, Ashraful Rupu, Enamul Shamim (wicket-keeper), Imtiaz Rana, Md Abdul Motin, Md Nazrul Islam, Md Omar Faruk, Md Redoan Jaman, Mizu Rahman (wicket-keeper), Mohammad Alamin, Mohammad Asad, Mohammad Musa, Mohammad Nazmul Hasan, Naim Rahman, Rakibul Islam (wicket-keeper), Rayhan Khan, Sabbir Hussain, Sajjad Hossin, Sayful Huda, Taher Hossain

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