RTT vs CTL Dream11 : Group A toppers, V.O.C Rotterdam look to resonate their group stage performances when they head out against Catalunya Cricket Club in the first semi-final
V.O.C Rotterdam have emerged as the epitome of what the European Cricket League had fathomed to serve to viewers when the showpiece league was conceptualised. The best side of all the eight participating outfits by some distance, the side form Netherlands have been a testament to the brand of cricket currently being played in one of the best uprising cricketing country from the European region.
Having first come into the eyes of ardent cricket supporters earlier last month only after they ended up sweeping the ODI and T20 series against Zimbabwe, Netherlands made it clear that they are a team who are here to make a name for themselves. And under the tutelage of several of their international star performers, V.O.C Rotterdam have tasted the same consummate success in the European Cricket League.
Winning all three of their group stage matches with conviction to sit pretty at the pinnacle of Group A, for V.O.C Rotterdam, today’s semi-final against Catalunya Cricket Club is also about resonating the same performances as earlier. They are up against an opponent who themselves have had a decent outing so far, managing to overhaul their defeat against SG Findorff with two wins to end Group B in second place.
Although they ended up winning only the one encounter in their group, with JCC Brescia seeing all their wins being cancelled owing to their failure of complying with the regulations in place, Catalunya Cricket Club found themselves fortunate to end Group B in second place. It ended up giving them a massive opportunity to play in the semi-final but up against one of the firm favourites for the glistening trophy, expect that fortuitous run to end today.
The bowling department has failed to rile up batsmen and it’s what is going to end up unravelling Catalunya Cricket Club today as well. They are up against an outfit who have found it extremely easy to score in excess of 100 and V.O.C Rotterdam’s batting line-up is going to prove to be too strong for them today.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
Excellent batting conditions are going to greet us. With two matches already being played over here prior to this encounter, expect the surface to settle in nicely on Day 3 of the marquee league. Scoring runs is going to be as easy as it gets with the boundaries raining down in this encounter. The toss won’t really play a difference in the encounter but the side winning the toss will be looking to chase over here.
Probable Playing 11
Shahrukh Nawaz, Hassan Ahmad, Fiaz Ahmed, Zain Ul Abdeen, Ali Usman, Rehman Abdul, Muhammad Imran, Harsha Warnakulasuriya, Ali Zahid, Zahid Cheema, Muhammad Iqbal
Cluj Cricket Club
Rajendra Pisal, Sukhkaran Sahi, Vasu Saini, Taranjeet Singh (C), Gaurav Mishra, Muhammad Ahmed, Arun Chandrasekaran, Satbir Gill, Pavel Florin, Satvik Nadigotla, Sivakumar Periyalwar
European Cricket League
Match: V.O.C Rotterdam Vs Catalunya Cricket Club
Date And Time: 31st July, Wednesday- 4:30pm IST
Venue: La Manga, Spain
Where To Watch: https://www.ecl.cricket/
Dream 11 Picks
Wicket-Keepers for RTT vs CTL Dream11
We have picked up Rauf Zaman from Catalunya Cricket Club to be our wicket-keeper for this encounter solely down to the fact that his side will lose wickets in this match. Although he’s likely to be pushed down the order for this encounter, he is still likely to come out and play some overs, ones in which he can easily score a neat cameo for us.
Batsmen for RTT vs CTL Dream11
The main reason for V.O.C Rotterdam’s consummate success in the league had been their incredible batting depth who have helped write an essay of success far the side. The perusal of batsmen at the side’s disposal is incredible with the picks starting right from the top in opener Max O’Dowd.
With a half-century against Cluj, followed up by a strong performance against Dreux, the opener has helped give his side a steady foundation to build on. He comes into our side without any discussions with us also opting for Colin Rutgers from the side given his role as a bowler as well for the outfit and his 7 ball 29 to see the side hit their highest score so far as they went onto register 133-7. Jelte Schoonheim also comes into the side after showing he’s more than capable to hit the big shots.
All-Rounders for RTT vs CTL Dream11
An instrumental player for his side, Muhammad Mughal’s 76 run knock was a graceful and sublime one, an innings which ended up giving his side a vital 66 run against St. Petersburg Lions and carry them into the semi-finals. He’s going to be paired up with number three bat Muhammad Khan, a name who put on an 81 run stand with Mughal in the same encounter.
Our only name from V.O.C Rotterdam over here is of Peter-Seelar with the bowler proving to be one of the most menacing and dangerous in the league. He’s entrapped batsmen in a skirmish with his rippers deviating massively to pummel batsmen.
Bowling Order for RTT vs CTL Dream11
With V.O.C Rotterdam having such an impeccable bowling unit and Catalunya Cricket Club showing that they are prone to tumble when up against formidable bowlers, we are bringing in Pierce Fletcher and Ashiqullah Said from the side. Said impressed massively with his spell of 1-7 against Dreux, bowling at an economy of just 3.5 while everyone else went for almost 10 runs per over.
Bobby Hanif comes in as well from the side to complete our trio of picks from the outfit. From Catalunya Cricket Club, its Syed Sherazi who comes in for us after picking up 3 wickets in two encounters, one which includes a 3-5 performance against the Lions, perhaps the best spell of bowling till now.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We are opting for Max O’Dowd to be our captain for the match while Mughal is selected as the 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.