PTL vs DRX Dream11 : Third placed sides in Group A and B take on each other for one last shot at determining who ends in fifth place.
To say that this has been an underwhelming stay in the European Cricket League for Dreux Cricket Club would be an understatement. The French champions came into the marquee league with massive expectations on them but have failed to live upto them, winning just one out of their three group stage matches.
And the way the results shaped out for them in the end sees the side partaking in today’s fifth place encounter rather than making a spot for themselves in the top 4 of the league. The 95 run win against Cluj Cricket Club still remains the largest ever recorded in the league in terms of margin of runs, a result which gives a glimpse into how promising this Dreux side is but failed to deliver on the field.
Elsewhere for their opponents on the day today, St. Petersburg Lions ended up losing all their matches in a string of harrowing results for them. Luckily for themselves, the side find themselves in this position after JCC Brescia’s wins were snatched by ECL after the side were found guilty of playing an ineligible player. The latest development ended up handing two points to the Russian outfit, giving them one more chance to improve of what has been a chastening outing for them till now.
St. Petersburg Lions might have been lucky to find themselves make it this far despite falling to three successive defeats but their luck shouldn’t extend any further than that today. They are up against a Dreux side who are clearly superior to them and unlike them have managed to punch above their weight and partake in some closely contested fixtures.
This match has only one winner emerging from it and that’s the French side. Expect the scoreline to be very silly if they step out to bat first with the side going onto record a massive score.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
This is going to be an excellent wicket for batting much like one we have been feasted to on all the previous encounters. Coupled with extremely small dimensions, this is going to be an extremely delicious wicket to come out and hit your shots on and find the boundary at will. Like all previous matches, the side winning the toss will be clearly looking to chase.
Probable Playing 11
St. Petersburg Lions
Rinku Singh, Hrishiraj Talukdar, A Saxena, Rashid Mukhkhamed, Radzhinder Singh, Ashok Chowdhary, Anil Singh, Gaurav Bhati, Vijay Gautam, Lalit, Akashdeep Singh.
Dreux Cricket Club
Zahir Ammar, Mohammad Nisar, Gul Zahid, Rab Nawaz, Muhammad Bhatti, Niaz Hamza, Afridi Ishaq, Afridi Yaseen, Sher Afridi, Wahid Abdul, Ahmad Nabi, Naib Kamran
European Cricket League
Match: Dreux Cricket Club Vs St. Petersburg Lions
Date And Time: 31st July, Wednesday- 2:30pm IST
Venue: La Manga, Spain
Where To Watch: https://www.ecl.cricket/
Dream 11 Picks
Wicket-Keepers for PTL vs DRX Dream11
Anil Singh is our pick over here with the Russian side’s wicket-keeper bound to get a good couple of overs to bat in this one. Given the inclement nature of his side’s batting unit, wickets will tumble in quick time seeing him come out pretty early.
Batsmen for PTL vs DRX Dream11
Hitting 105 runs in 30 balls, Dreux’s opener Ahmad Nabi walks away from the league having scored one of the if not the best innings. It was a wondrous performance from the batsman, a brilliant innings which saw him scour the boundary 19 times which included a staggering 14 sixes. He walks into our side straightaway after that incredible pefromance and is paired alongside his partner Naib Kamran and number three bat Sher Afridi.
We have the one player coming in from the Lions with opener Akashdeep Singh picked up by us.
All-Rounders for PTL vs DRX Dream11
Vijay Gautam is yet again the only player we are choosing from the Lions in this segment as well. One of his side’s best player, the all-rounder will get a good amount at the crease to bat for given his number 3 position and is bound to get to bowl his two overs of spin as well.
Elsewhere from Dreux we are roping in both Muhammad Bhatti and Mohammad Shahzeb into our playing 11. The duo is a dauntless one, a pairing which could end up making all the difference to your side today given the roles these two players have been accorded by their side.
Bowling Order for PTL vs DRX Dream11
One thing which is pretty easy to augur from this encounter is the fact that both these sides are prone to losing wickets and crumbling once their top-order departs. It’s been one of the main reason for their waning showings in the league and it’s this narrative which sees us bring in all the frontline bowlers from both the sides.
We are picking up Afridi Yaseen and Wahid Abdul from Dreux given how they have struck at crucial junctures for the side while from the Lions it’s the section of Lalit for us.
Captain And Vice-Captain for PTL vs DRX Dream11
Nabi has been selected as our captain while we have opted for Afridi to be our vice-captain.
Dream 11 Advice
With teams partaking in the tournament in a hectic and congested schedule, one which sees several countries play on consecutive days, there is a likelihood of sides changing their playing 11’s for every match. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your side which include the best performers for each side with players being roped in based on their pivotal role and importance to the team paired with the pitch conditions, toss and recent performances.