Can GYM Helsinki overpower Empire CC to surge ahead in the points table?
Empire CC will win the match
Finnish Premier League has spiced up in the last week with the race for qualification intensifying. The top two teams (SKK Stadin & Empire CC) have taken a good lead ahead of the other teams while the rest of the teams are separated by 2 points between their next team respectively in the points table. Empire CC`s 5-match winning streak came to end with a loss against Helsinki CC in their last match. GYM Helsinki`s campaign has been a roller coaster one with wins & losses alternatively and currently they are placed in fourth position after their loss in previous encounter. GYM Helsinki will need to win this match and look to surge ahead in the points table whereas Empire CC will look to come back to winning ways after their shock loss.
Empire CC was set a mighty task of chasing 189 runs against Helsinki CC. Mahesh Tambe (61 runs) and Jonathan Scamans shared a massive 97-run partnership after their top order was reduced to 14/3 in 4 overs. Despite this massive partnership they lost the match by 45 runs after scoring just 143 runs in their 20 overs.
Opening bowlers Amjad Sher and Muhammed Imran bowled well taking 3 wickets between them and giving away runs at 7 RPO. The other bowlers gave runs at 9+ RPO and their leading wicket-taker Raaz Mohammed had an off-day giving 51 runs in his 4 overs. Their bowling unit needs to make a strong comeback in this match.
Jonathan Scamans – Jonathan Scamans is the leading run scorer of the tournament with 232 runs at a strike rate of 92. He is yet to score a fifty and will look to make his firt in this match to continue his rich vein of form.
Mahesh Tambe – Mahesh Tambe scored his maiden fifty this season last match. He has scored 123 runs at a strike rate of 115 and taken 13 wickets at an economy rate of 6.25 RPO so far.
Vanraj Padhaal, Jonathan Scamans, Mahesh Tambe, Raaz Mohammed, Muhammed Imran, Abdul Gaffar, Chandrasekar, Shoaib Qureshi/JR Sathyanarayanan, Amjad Sher, K Bhatnagar, Uday Nandhini
GYM Helsinki made an horrific match with the bat against Vantaa CC as they were reduced to 62/7 with all 7 batsmen being dismissed for single digit score. Pankaj Saharan scored unbeaten 42 runs and remained unbeaten throughout the innings and Jaleel Ahmed scored a vital 12-ball 25 runs to take their team to 105/8 in 20 overs.
Atti Ur Rehman was the stole the show last night despite his team failing to defend the total with his excellent figures of 4-1-9-6. Jaleel Ahmed and Muhammed Guwas bowled well in the middle overs giving just 30 runs in their combined 8 overs.
Atti Ur Rehman – Atti Ur Rehman took the best match figures this season with 6/9 to reduce the opposition to 32/7. He has 12 wickets at an economy rate of just 5.8 RPO this season.
Pankaj Saharan – Pankaj Saharan scored 42 runs off 52 balls with 3 boundaries and a six to take them to a 100+ total. He has 159 runs at a strike arte of 90 this season so far.
Shahid Irshad, Pankaj Saharan, Simaranjit Brar, Atti Ur Rehman, Faisal Shazad, Javed jan, Muhammed Guwas, Saif Ur Rehman, Ali Masood, Jaleel Ahmed, Arshal Gondal
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||15||0 mm.||0.46 k/h||From: SSW||90%|
|03h||16||0 mm.||0.36 k/h||From: SE||97%|
|06h||20||0 mm.||2.46 k/h||From: S||98%|
|09h||20||2.88 mm.||2.85 k/h||From: SW||95%|
|12h||22||1.28 mm.||3.72 k/h||From: WSW||75%|
|15h||21||0.18 mm.||5 k/h||From: WSW||9%|
|18h||18||0 mm.||3.9 k/h||From: WSW||5%|
|21h||13||0 mm.||3.45 k/h||From: W||0%|
Kerava is expected to have a bright sunny weather with no rain on the match day. We will have a match with full quota of overs with no interruptions.
Kerava pitch is bit of up and down recently with 5 of the 6 last innings ending up less than 130 runs. The bowlers have taken 50 wickets in this 6 innings and we expect the teams to score around 130-150 runs in this match.
Teams have chased down totals in 3 out of the last 5 matches while the other two matches being 180+ run stiff chases. Chasing teams will have a great chance if they can restrict the opposition to below 140 runs.
Empire CC has an excellent batting and bowling unit with 5 batsmen scoring 100+ runs and 2 bowlers featuring in top 3 wicket-takers of the tournament. GYM Helsinki has a superb bowling unit with 3 players featuring in top-10 wicket takers list. But, they have weak middle order and depend heavily on openers Pankaj Saharan and Saif Ur Rehman to score big runs. We expect Empire CC tow in this match owing to their all-round good strength with the bat and ball.
Empire CC will win the match