The first semi-final match of the European Cricket Series Alicante T10 will be played between Sporting Alfas CC vs Pinatar Pirates CC at the Sporting Alfas Cricket Club in Alicante.
The match starts at 9:00 AM local time (8:00 AM GMT) (1:30 PM IST). This match will be streamed live on the Fan code in India.
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It’s time for the semi-final of this 2020 edition of the European Cricket Series Alicante T10 series. Sporting Alfas CC face Pinatar Pirates CC in the first semi-final.
Sporting Alfas CC have been the best team of the tournament so far. They’ve been absolutely dominant and have won every game so far. Each of their wins have been by convincing margins. Be it batting first or chasing, the Sporting Alfas CC have been at the top of their game. The batsmen have been brilliant and the bowlers have backed up nicely as well.
On the other hand, Pinatar Pirates CC just about manage to scrape through to the semi-finals despite losing their last league encounter against Madrid United CC. La Manga CC did win their final game but they couldn’t get over Pinatar’s net run rate which allowed the latter to progress. They’ve won just two out of their five games and even those two came on the bounce. Hence, they will have their task cut out against a red-hot Sporting Alfas CC side.
It is expected to be sunny throughout the day. This is a morning game and the temperatures will gradually increase as the game and day progresses. However, the temperatures won’t go beyond 18 degrees. Humidity won’t be too much while there is absolutely no rain predicted.
The 22-yard surface at the Sporting Alfas Cricket Club in Alicante has been a batting beauty. There have been some real high scores at this venue already in this tournament and getting more than 100-110 in 10 overs has almost become a must. Hence, we could expect another high-scoring game.
Average first innings score – 111 (considering the first 15 games of this tournament)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 7; Lost – 7; Tie – 1
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Probable Playing XIs
Sporting Alfas CC
Faran Afzal, Jack Perman, Christian Munoz, Waqar Ashraf, Kieran Perman, Ian Byrne, Abdul Wajid, Eddie Ballard, Phil Pennick, Kamran Muhamad, Darren Walker
Bench – Basharat Ali, Jamie Roper, Mark Perman, Kevin Laundon, Phill Panicil, D Walker
Pinatar Pirates CC
Gopi Singh, Gulshan Kumar, Jassie Jagdeep Singh, Sukhpal Singh, Lovejit Singh, Kulwant Singh, Dillpreet Singh, Kuldeep Lal, Rahul Maini, Balwant Singh, Abbas Saqlemm
Bench – Mukhtiar Singh, Javed Iqbal, Harwinderdeep Singh
Eddie Ballard has been in top form in this tournament. He’s been the best batsman for Sporting Alfas C.C. He has a strike-rate of 257.69 in this tournament. Faran Afzal has been very good too. He has made 135 runs while striking at 190.14. Kuldeep Lal has been the star with the bat for Pinatar. He has been striking in excess of 150-160 consistently and will be the key in this game as well. Gopi Singh has been brilliant with both bat and ball and he is key to the balance of the Pinatar side.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Eddie Ballard, Gopi Singh
Vice-captain Options – Kuldeep Lal, Faran Afzal
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sukhpal Singh, Ian Byrne
Batsmen – Eddie Ballard (C), Christian Munoz, Gopi Singh
All-Rounders – Faran Afzal, Kamran Muhamad, Kuldeep Lal (VC)
Bowlers – Jack Perman, Kieran Perman, Balwant Singh
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Sukhpal Singh
Batsmen – Eddie Ballard (VC), Christian Munoz, Gopi Singh (C), Abbas Saqlemm
All-Rounders – Faran Afzal, Kuldeep Lal, Lovejit Singh
Bowlers – Jack Perman, Rahul Maini, Balwant Singh
Pack your side with as many batters as possible. Three bowlers might be enough as they have only two overs each to make a big difference. Hence, the users should likely pick at least three or four batsmen with three all-rounders.
Sporting Alfas CC may emerge victorious in this first semi-final.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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