Empire CC look to avenge struggling Vantaa CC
Empire CC will win the match
Empire CC and Vantaa CC face off against each other in their 11th match of the league phase. Empire CC is in a strong position in the points table (second place) but has a hit a roadblock with two back-to-back losses. They will look to win this match and get back to winning ways. Vantaa CC is reeling at the sixth position in the points table and they need to win more matches to stay in contention for the knockouts. Every loss will push them towards the elimination. Will Empire CC return to form with a victory in this match or Vantaa CC pull up their socks to resurrect their campaign?
Empire CC was bowled out for just 88 runs while chasing 132 runs last night. Their top scorer Shoaib Qureshi (21 runs) might face a ban in this after throwing his bat after getting dismissed (Level 1 offence). Jonathan Scamans, Vanraj Padhaal, and Mahesh Tambe are expected to take control of the batting responsibilities in this match.
All the six bowlers picked up wickets last match with Mahesh Tambe and Raaz Mohammed picking up two wickets each. Amjad Sher, K Bhatnagar, and AB Ghafar bowled economically whereas Muhammed Imran was taken for few runs in the previous match.
Amjad Sher – Amjad Sher bowled a brilliant spell of 4-0-21-1 with the new ball last match. Amjad Sher has taken 14 wickets at an economy of just 5.3 RPO in this season so far.
Mahesh Tambe – Mahesh Tambe has been one of the all-round performers of the team with 137 runs and 15 wickets at an economy of 6.3 RPO. He will look to prove his all-round performance in this match too.
Vanraj Padhaal, Jonathan Scamans, Mahesh Tambe, Raaz Mohammed, Muhammed Imran, Abdul Gaffar, Chandrasekar, JR Sathyanarayanan, Amjad Sher, K Bhatnagar, Zeerak Ijaz
Vantaa CC failed to chase down just 90 runs in their last match. Chanaka Jayasinghe (18 runs), Amer Hamsa (16 runs), and Nalaka Hangumawe (13 runs) were the only players to cross the 10-run mark. Their batting unit is not consistent and no player is yet to score a fifty so far.
Their bowling unit staged a superb comeback reducing the opposition from 57/0 in 10 overs to 90/7 in 20 overs. Nalaka Hangumuwe and Amer Hamsa bowled superbly in the middle overs with combined figures of 8-0-23-3. Sanjeewa Pethahandi and Nipuna Pethabendi chipped in crucial wickets with the ball.
Ameer Hamsa – Ameer Hamsa bowled a superb spell of 4-0-12-2 & broke the opening partnership to cause the downfall. He is their leading wicket taker with 12 wickets at an economy rate of 6.8 RPO.
Chanaka Jayasinghe – Jayasinghe has scored 133 runs at a strike rate of 86 so far. He will look to score a fifty in this match to make the maiden fifty for his team. He has often left to resurrect their batting after early wickets at the top.
Nalanka Hangamuwe, Nipuna Patabendi, Lahiru Hikkaduwa, Sanjeewa Pethahandi, Ursan Kim Tavierner, Mathura Milan, Ravi Sanjeewa, Chanaka Jayasinghe, Ranuka Shiran, RS Kanigala, Manoj Mahamada
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||15||0 mm.||0.54 k/h||From: NE||77%|
|03h||15||0 mm.||1.8 k/h||From: ESE||80%|
|06h||17||0 mm.||2.4 k/h||From: SSE||88%|
|09h||17||1.30 mm.||4.08 k/h||From: S||100%|
|12h||18||7.78 mm.||5 k/h||From: WSW||100%|
|15h||19||0.52 mm.||5.96 k/h||From: WSW||45%|
|18h||15||0 mm.||5.06 k/h||From: WSW||23%|
|21h||13||0 mm.||3.66 k/h||From: WSW||0%|
Vantaa weather is rainy and cloudy with 90% chances of rain as per the weather forecasts. We expect at least a shortened match and not an abandoned match here.
Tikkurila pitch has been a tough to bat with only once 120+ runs achieved in 5 matches so far. Last match had a combined tally of just 169 runs across both innings.
The pitch is expected to slow down in the second innings causing trouble to the batsmen. We expect both teams to bat first if they win the toss.
Both teams come into this match with losses in their recent matches but Empire CC has a better overall record when compared to Vantaa CC. Empire CC has the strong bowling line-up with three bowlers in top-4 wicket-takers of the tournament. Vantaa CC batting line-up ahs crossed 130 runs just twice in their 10 matches so far and are very inconsistent. We expect Empire CC to win this match.
Empire CC will win the match