Marsa (MAR) will lock horns with Swieqi United (SWU) in the first quarter-final of the ECS T10 Malta 2021 at the Marsa Sports Complex on Friday, June 25.
The Haroon Mughal-led MAR finished at the top of the Group A points table with 12 points from eight games. They ended the group phase with six wins and two defeats.
On the other hand, Swieqi United squeezed into the knockouts after defeating Overseas CC by seven wickets in their last group match. Under the captaincy of Anil Qadir, SWU ended the league phase in fourth spot in Group B with four points from eight matches.
MAR vs SWU Dream11 prediction
While Marsa defeated Atlas UTC Knights in the final of the European Cricket Series Malta last year, Swieqi United are in their second season of Malta cricket. Going by current form and experience, MAR will start as clear favourites against SWU in the ECS T10 Malta quarter-final clash on Friday.
MAR vs SWU Dream11 tips for ECS T10 Malta
Top Tip: Best batsmen
Marsa will depend on Zeeshan Khan for a strong start against Swieqi United. The 32-year-old has been the fourth-highest run-getter in ECS T10 Malta 2021, amassing 180 runs in eight innings at a strike rate of 163.63. He will look to play a match-winning innings in the quarter-final.
For Swieqi United, Imran Ameer will be the batsman to watch out for. Ameer has been the standout performer for SWU this season, scoring 160 runs in seven innings at a strike rate of 164.94.
Top Tip: Best bowlers
As far as bowlers are concerned, Waseem Abbas has been the wrecker-in-chief for Marsa, picking 11 wickets in eight matches at an economy of 6.43. He will look to add a few more scalps to his tally on Friday.
Meanwhile, Bilal Khan has been a wicket-taker for Swieqi United, bagging six wickets in eight games in the T10 tournament. The veteran bowler will play an important role if Swieqi United are to upset Marsa and reach the ECS T10 semi-finals.
Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper
One must pick Marsa’s Fanyan Mughal as the star all-rounder in their fantasy cricket team for the MAR versus SWU quarter-final encounter. The 34-year-old has claimed five wickets and also made some valuable contributions with the bat.
For the wicket-keeper spot, Swieqi United captain Anil Qadir must be chosen over Johnnie Grima due to his better batting skills. Qadir will open the innings for United and will have more deliveries to face while Johnnie Grima will bat lower down the order.
MAR vs SWU probable playing XI
MAR playing XI (probable): Zeeshan Khan, Haroon Mughal (captain), Nowell Khosla, Noman Mehar, Niraj Khanna, Muhammad Zubbair, Fanyan Mughal, Waseem Abbas, Johnnie Grima (wicket-keeper), David Athwal, Farhan Masih
SWU playing XI (probable): Imran Ameer, Anil Qadir (captain/wicket-keeper), Adnan Hassan, Bilal Khan, Ijaz Hussain, Arslan Ahmed, Umar Khan, Ajay Mazi, Aqeel Raza, Noor Badshah, Arshad Ali
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