PCCT United Match vs TCA Indians
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The semi-final lineup of the Taipei T10 League has been set and we have PCCT United taking on the TCA Indians in the first match. The TCA Indians had already qualified for the semi-final after winning the initial group stage and got back into rhythm with a win against the FCC Formosans in the semi-qualifier.
Now, they will take on PCCT United, a side full of confidence after winning both matches of the Super League stage in the Taipei T10 League.
The previous cricket match that PCCT United played in this tournament saw them win by a massive margin of 43 runs. This is not something that happens often in T10 cricket, no matter who the opposition is.
The confidence of that victory is going to hold PCCT United in good stead. After a rickety start to the tournament where PCCT United seemed to let go of some winning positions, the team is now peaking at the right time. The strength of the team is its batting led by players such as Shahzad Khan Muhamma, Usman Javed, and Muhammad Amjad Zafar. There were a total of six sixes hit in the previous match, a high number for this tournament, to showcase their power game as well.
There are seven or eight players capable of bowling an over and that is something that the team has been doing. They keep changing the bowlers quickly to prevent the opposition batsmen from getting set.
Muhammad Mushtaq, Qazi Ul Haq, and Shehzad Khan Muhamma are the three leading bowlers of the side.
The TCA Indians recorded a very good victory over the FCC Formosans in their previous match. The Formosans were unbeaten up until the previous match and considered as the favorites to lift the trophy. The TCA Indians are going to attract a lot of attention after their win against the FCC Formosans.
Runs from the bat of Murugan Subramani and Neeraj Singh Patel made the difference for the TCA Indians in the end. They lost some early wickets and the top-order did not quite deliver, however, a strong finish allowed them to get to a defendable total.
Subramani was also the pick of the bowlers bowling his quota for just 13 runs and picked up a wicket along the way as well. Manoj Kriplani gave away just seven runs and turned on the squeeze as well.
The FCC Formosans gave a decent chase but were left four runs short in the end.
We think this victory is going to give the TCA Indians a lot of confidence in their match against PCCT United. Make no mistake, we still think that the TCA Indians do not have the batting to match up to their opponents but winning momentum is a big thing in tournaments like these.
Players like Amit Kumar Bedaka will have to step up and ensure that more of the team carries the load and not just the few players who have been performing so far.
Pitch and Conditions
Rain has been around for the last few days, however, the forecast for match day is much better. We think that the scoring rate in the Taipei T10 League has reached the maximum it is going to reach. Scores of around 90 have become par and it is not uncommon to see teams go past 110 either.
The pressure of a knockout match could bring that down a little.
There is no doubt in our mind that PCCT United is the stronger team in this contest. Not only does it have a stronger batting lineup but it also has a very good selection of power-hitters. The bowling prowess of both the sides is pretty similar to each other.
We think PCCT United is the side to back in this match.
Bet on PCCT United to win.
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