After a scintillating league phase, the knockout games get underway with the first semi-final in the ECS T10 Stockholm League featuring Kista CC and Sigtuna CC.
While Kista CC topped the table with five wins in six games, Sigtuna CC incidentally had Kista CC to thank for their place in the semis. If not for KCC's thrilling win over Indiska CC, Sigtuna wouldn't have showed up on Friday.
However, Sigtuna will come into this game as the underdogs. In their league fixture against KCC, they succumbed to a disappointing 38-run loss and will be hoping for a much better performance. With the likes of Chandan Khatri and Farhan Anwar in the KCC ranks, Sigtuna will have to play out of their skins to reach the final.
Squads to choose from
R Mahmood, A Safi, Z Kiyani, A Afzal, S Hassan, M Nawaz, A Azhar, A Ejaz, U Waqar, M Rehman, S Atif, O Saleem, Q Ali, A Raza, A Mir, A Singh and C Ahmad
K Khan, G Mehdi, I Hussain, J Azam, H Iqbal, A Muhammad, S Nawaz, M Farhan, F Shah, M Asif, Z Abbas, M Badar, C Khatri, C Srinivasan, P Kaul, N Ullah Khan, R Baig, A Mehmood, A Zaidi and N Khan.
Predicted Playing XIs
M Rehman, A Raza, Z Kiyani, A Azhar, Q Ali, A Ejaz, F Azeem, A Afzal, R Mahmood, A Singh and S Atif
K Khan, M Badar, A Muhammad, S Damarla, M Farhan, F Shah, M Asif, Z Abbas, C Khatri, A Zaidi and N Khan
Match: Sigtuna CC vs Kista CC
Date: June 19, 2020, at 1:30 PM IST
Venue: Marsta Cricket Club, Stockholm
The pitch should provide some help for the bowlers with the spinners also getting the ball to turn in the last few matches played here. The batsmen will find it difficult to score boundaries given the slow outfield, which should make for a great contest between bat and ball. Both teams would look to bat first and put on at least 80, which is a very competitive score at this venue.
ECS T10 Stockholm Fantasy Suggestions
Fantasy Suggestion #1: K Khan, A Muhammad, F Azeem, A Afzal, M Rehman, C Khatri, Z Abbas, M Asif, A Raza, A Singh and A Zaidi.
Captain - C Khatri, Vice-captain - A Afzal
Fantasy Suggestion #2: K Khan, M Farhan Anwar, F Azeem, A Afzal, M Rehman, C Khatri, Z Abbas, A Ejaz, A Raza, N Khan and A Zaidi.
Captain - M Rehman , Vice-captain - Z Abbas