Defending Champions take on the newcomers
Helsinki CC will win the match
Finnish Premier League has a huge fan following this season due to the lack of competitive cricket matches. Defending Champions Helsinki Cricket Club takes on the latest entrants of the league Bengal Tigers. Helsinki CC continued their momentum from last season and started the season with a win whereas Bengal Tigers CC lost against Empire CC in their debut league match. Bengal Tigers Cc will look to get their maiden victory in this match and a victory against defending champions might be a big boost for them.
Helsinki CC has scored the highest score of the tournament with 145 runs so far. Khalid Mangal set the tone of the innings with a good start scoring 44 runs despite wickets falling around him. Akhil Arjunan (25 runs) build small partnerships Abdul Qureshi (10 runs) and Faheem Nellancheri (12 runs) to take them to a good finish at the end.
Zakiullah Kamal and Akhil Arjunan then bowled well in different phases of the game to restrict the opposition to 110 runs with identical figures of 4-0-20-2. Amrik Bhatia, Adnan Syed, and Obaidullah Sadik chipped in with a wicket each.
Khalid Mangal – Khalid Mangal scored 44 runs off 30 balls with 3 boundaries and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 146. His knock kept the scoreboard moving despite the fall of wickets at regular intervals.
Akhil Arjunan – Akhil Arjunan came up with an all-round good performance scoring 25 runs and taking 2 wickets. He dismissed both the opposition all-rounders inside the power play to derail the chase.
Khalid Mangal, Akhil Arjunan, Abdul Qureshi, Faheem Nellancheri, Amrik Bhatia, Adnan Syed, Obaidullah Sadik, Abdul Qureshi, Zahidullah kamal, Zakidullah kamal, Aniketh Pushthey
Bengal Tigers CC faltered in a small chase of 111 runs to lose the match by 10 runs. Their batting kept losing wickets and was reduced to 64/7 in 14 overs. Tonmoy Saha and Belayat Khan shared an unbeaten 37-run partnership to lead a fightback but were not enough to cross the line.
In bowling too it was the duo of Tonmoy Saha and Belayet Khan who stunned the opposition with their disciplined bowling and took 7 wickets between them at an economy rate of 5 RPO. Nurul Huda and Rony Sardar bowled economical spell to have combined figures of 8-0-31-1.
Tonmoy Saha– Saha started with a wicket in his first over and ended with match figures of 4-0-23-4. He also scored 21 runs with the bat to lead the chase in the tense moments but failed due to lack of support from top & middle order.
Nurul Huda – Nurul Huda looked good for his 22 runs with a four and six. He was disturbed by wickets falling around him and eventually succumbed. Earlier he bowled a good spell of 4-0- 18-1.
Mohammed Imrul Abedin, Tushar Sarkar, Shahrukh Ali, Nurul Huda, Habib Al Amin, Mehran Amin, Osman Ibramin, Tonmoy Saha, Belayet Khan, Rony Sarkar, Jabed Khan
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||13||0 mm.||3.82 k/h||From: ESE||35%|
|03h||13||0 mm.||5.78 k/h||From: ESE||84%|
|06h||11||4.86 mm.||6.68 k/h||From: SE||94%|
|09h||13||1.40 mm.||3.79 k/h||From: S||99%|
|12h||15||1.19 mm.||6.14 k/h||From: S||99%|
|15h||14||1.32 mm.||7.03 k/h||From: SSW||59%|
|18h||12||0 mm.||6.24 k/h||From: SSW||30%|
|21h||11||0 mm.||6.75 k/h||From: SSW||0%|
The weather on the matchday does not look promising with around 70-80% chances of rain. We expect the weather to make some interruptions of play in this match.
Kerava Stadium seems to be one of the pitches where batsmen have struggled to score runs freely. The overcast conditions will help to generate seam movement for the bowlers. We can expect average scores in the range of 130-140 runs here.
Teams batting first have won all the three matches played so far. The pitch slows down and becomes tough to bat on in the second innings.
Helsinki CC is the defending champion and is high on confidence and momentum currently. They have experienced quality players who can perform well in pressure situations. Bengal Tigers CC put on a good show in their opening match but they lacked team performance. Only 2-3 players performed to their potential and they need re-group as a team to beat quality teams like Helsinki CC. We expect Helsinki CC to win this match.
Helsinki CC will win the match