Vantaa CC & Helsinki CC fight to climb the ladder
Helsinki CC will win the match
Finnish Premier League matches have gained good viewership this season and cricket is slowly regaining its lost field with international cricket back. Both Vantaa CC & Helsinki CC are struggling at the bottom half of the table at the completion of first half of group phase. They need to win more matches consistently to stand a chance to qualify for the knockouts this season. The winner of this match will have a good chance to bridge their gap between the top 4 while the sinks further at the bottom end of the points table. We expect to have a cracking contest between two teams who are looking to regain form and momentum at the crucial phase of the tournament.
Helsinki CC failed to chase down an average total of 126 runs against Empire CC. Their batting line-up kept losing wickets with 8 batsmen getting out in single digits. Adnan Qureshi played a fighting knock scoring 38 runs yet they ended up losing a match by 11 runs. Their batting unit failed to cross 120 runs in their last two matches.
Their bowling kept the run scoring in check with five bowlers giving runs at less than 7 RPO. Zakiullah Kamal, Adnan Qureshi, and Ankith Pushtahy chipped in with a wicket each and had combined figures of 9-0-42-3 in the match. Their fielding unit contributed with three vital run-outs to compliment the bowling attack.
Adnan Qureshi – Adnan Qureshi put on a good all-round show scoring 38 runs, match figures of 3-0-10-1 & a crucial run-out in the field. He has scored 98 runs and 2 wickets to his name so far.
Zakiullah Kamal – Zakiullah Kamal bowled a brilliant spell of 4-0-21-1 to strangle the opposition in the middle overs. He has 8 wickets at an economy rate of 8.2 RPO in this season so far.
Khalid Rahman Mangal, Zahidullah Kamal, Abdul Adnan Qureshi , Aniketh Pushthay , AW Qureshi , Zakiullah Kamal , Adnan Syed , Maneesh Chauhan, F Nellanchari, Sapan Mehta Ghulam Abbas Butt/Amrik Bhatia
Vantaa CC never really picked up in their chase against GYM Helsinki in their last match. They ended with a score of just 84/8 in 18 overs when rain interrupted. Ameer Hamsa (24 runs) and Nipuna Pethabendi (15 runs) scored a few runs to give some respectability to their total. 4 players were dismissed for a duck.
Ameer Hamsa Warsha took 2 wickets while Nipuna Pethahandi and Mathura Milan chipped in with a wicket each in the last match. Barring Nipuna Pethabendi and Sanjeewa Pethahandi all the other bowlers gave runs at an economy rate of over 7 RPO.
Nipuna Pethabendi – Nipuna bowled a brilliant spell of 4-0-14-1 in the last match to keep the run scoring under check. He also scored 15 runs to help his team to rebuild from 33/4 to 60/5 slightly.
Ameer Hamsa – Ameer Hamsa came up with good contributions with bat scoring 24 runs and figures of 3-0-24-2 with the ball. He needs to up his ante and put more effective performances with the bat and ball.
Nalanka Hangamuwe, Nipuna Patabendi, Lahiru Hikkaduwa, Sanjeewa Pethahandi, Kim Tavierner, Mathura Milan, Ravi Sanjeewa, Chanaka Jayasinghe, Ranuka Shiran, RS Kanigala, Chanaka Jayasinghe
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||11||0 mm.||1.76 k/h||From: ENE||90%|
|03h||12||0.92 mm.||2.93 k/h||From: ENE||100%|
|06h||13||6.48 mm.||4.4 k/h||From: ENE||100%|
|09h||12||11.31 mm.||5.12 k/h||From: NE||100%|
|12h||11||20.96 mm.||5.87 k/h||From: NNW||100%|
|15h||13||3.24 mm.||4.84 k/h||From: W||99%|
|18h||13||0.14 mm.||3.69 k/h||From: W||100%|
|21h||11||0 mm.||3.65 k/h||From: W||45%|
Kerava weather does not look promising on the match day with more possibility of rain (almost 80%). We will keep our fingers crossed and expect the match to happen at least with reduced overs.
Kerava Pitch is hugely in the favor of the bowlers with the batting teams breaching 160-run mark only twice in 30 matches. We expect the average score to be in the range of 120-140 runs in this match.
Batting first teams have success rate of nearly 70% in this series and we expect the same trend to continue in this match too.
Both teams have a very inconsistent batting line up that has faltered to put up big scores on board. Helsinki CC has a better depth and balance to the squad with the presence of many all-rounders who give a lot of options with bat and ball. We expect Helsinki CC to win this match as they pip Vantaa CC Slightly in terms of form, consistency, and player strength.
Helsinki CC will win the match