Greater Helsinki CC & Vantaa CC search for the elusive momentum
Greater Helsinki CC will win the match
Finnish Premier League is almost near the half-way stage with every team playing the first 6 rounds. Greater Helsinki CC and Vantaa CC are strangling at the bottom half of the points table and are looking for a win in this match to go up the ladder. Greater Helsinki CC`s last match was abandoned without a ball bowled owing to bad weather against Bengal Tigers CC. Vantaa CC has just one win in their 5 matches and are placed at the bottom in points table. A win in this match will give the much-needed confidence boost for the teams going ahead in the league phase.
Greater Helsinki C will be disappointed after their last match was abandoned due to bad weather. Ghulfam Nazir (125 runs), Ziaur Rehman (97 runs), Abdullah Attique (70 runs) and Naveen Shahid (88 runs) have led the batting department from the front with their vital knocks. They have made scores in excess of 130 in all their matches (132/6, 142/8, 161/9, &134/10).
Bowling is their area of concern as they are leaking more runs easily. Naveen Shahid leads the bowling charge with 8 wickets so far. Sohail Amin, and Ali Waris has chipped in with crucial wickets but have leaked runs at over 8 RPO. Ziaur Rehman and Kashif Muhammed have fared better with 3 wickets each at an economy of just 6.5 RPO.
Naveen Shahid – Naveen has made all-round contributions with 88 runs and 8 wickets at an economy rate of 7.2 RPO so far. He lends great depth and balance in the playing XI for the team.
Ghulfam Nazir – Nazir has scored 125 runs at a healthy strike rate of 130. He has smashed 5 boundaries and 6 sixes so far and is good player of spin who can rotate the strike easily in the middle overs.
Muhammed Ziaur Rehman, Ali Waris, Shahzad Shabbir, Gulfam Nazir, Hamza Mukhtar, Naveen Shahid, Kashif Muhammed, Aitraz Hussain, Adnan Ahmad, Rizwan Ali, Abdullah Attique
Vantaa CC put up a brave fight in the stiff chase on the back of good batting from Chamara Jayasinghe (45 runs) and Dileep Hethamuni (32 runs). Rest of their batting line-up did not provide enough support and they were bowled out for 152 runs which is their highest score this season so far.
Vantaa CC bowlers conceded 175 runs the highest score by any team this season so far. Sanjeewa Pethahandi and Nipuna Hethamuwa bowled decent spells giving runs at just 6 RPO but failed to take wickets. Mathura Milan and Ameer Hamsa took a wicket each but gave runs at 8+RPO.
Chamara Jayasinghe – Jayasinghe leads the batting charts for the team with 101 runs at a strike rate of 100. He tried to bat positively scoring 45 runs last match to keep his team`s hopes live in the chase.
Nalaka Hangamuwe – Nalaka bowled a decent spell of 3-0-19-0 & scored 14 runs to share a valuable 50-run partnership with Jayasinghe. He needs perform well to make more impact with bat and ball to help their team win matches.
Nalanka Hangamuwe, Nipuna Patabendi, Lahiru Hikkaduwa, Sanjeewa Pethahandi, Kim Tavierner, Manoj Mahamada, Ravi Sanjeewa, Chanaka Jayasinghe, Ranuka Shiran, RS Kanigala, Chanaka Jayasinghe
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||14||1.13 mm.||2.6 k/h||From: SSW||46%|
|03h||13||0.21 mm.||2.95 k/h||From: SW||25%|
|06h||17||0 mm.||4.66 k/h||From: SW||13%|
|09h||19||0 mm.||6.22 k/h||From: SW||48%|
|12h||19||0 mm.||6.43 k/h||From: SW||41%|
|15h||18||0 mm.||5.77 k/h||From: SW||68%|
|18h||14||0 mm.||4.22 k/h||From: SW||82%|
|21h||13||0 mm.||3.38 k/h||From: SW||100%|
Kerava weather still looks worrisome with 40% chances of rain and we expect the rain interruptions to play a part in the match like reduction of overs.
Kerava pitch might slow down a little due to the damp nature due to the consistent rains. Batsmen will find it hard to time the ball and we might see a dip in the scoring rate in the coming matches. We expect an average score of 130-140 runs in this match.
Batting first is the safe option considering the results but with rain around the corner chasing gives you the advantage. We expect both captains to chase the total in this match.
Both teams come into this searching for a win because every loss from here on will push them near to elimination in later stages. Greater Helsinki CC has a good batting line-up while Vantaa CC has a highly inconsistent batting attack. Vantaa CC has a slightly better bowling department than the Greater Helsinki CC. We expect Greater Helsinki CC to win this contest as they managed to put good scores in all the matches despite losing a few matches.
Greater Helsinki CC will win the match