Vantaa CC vs Helsinki CC, FPL T20
After starting their title defence with a win against Vantaa CC, Helsinki CC will be desperate to get back on track when they face the same opponents in their eighth match of the 2020 Finnish T20 Premier League campaign. The match takes place at the Kerava National Cricket Ground on July 11 and the live action is scheduled to start at 18:00 local time.
Helsinki won their first two matches in a successful start to their title defence, but the defending champions have not won since, suffering four defeats from their next four completed matches. The losing streak leaves them sixth in the table and well off the pace for a top-four spot at the halfway stage.
Vantaa CC are one place below, meanwhile. They have won just twice this season but another dismal batting display last time out – scoring just 84/8 in a heavy defeat to GYM Helsinki Gymkhana – means Helsinki should fancy their chances of getting back to winning ways.
Vantaa CC vs Helsinki CC Live streaming
Live streaming: European Cricket Network
Batting first has generally been more successful. After a dismal display chasing last time out, Vantaa may want to bat first this time.
More rain is on the way on Saturday, unfortunately. It is supposed to ease in the evening, but the key will be how much damage has already been done.
After a wet day, the Kerava pitch – and slow outfield – tends to mean scores are low. Generally batting first is key.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Vantaa CC vs Helsinki CC, Finnish Premier League
Vantaa Cricket Club Team News & Playing 11
VCC Team News
Vantaa CC made several changes last time out and fell to a big defeat, which could prompt another rethink this time.
VCC Key Players
- Ameer Hamsa Warsha: Took three wickets when these teams last met and has nine in total so far this season.
- Chanaka Jayasinghe: The only batsman with more than 100 runs for Vantaa CC so far this season.
- Ranuka Shiran Fernando: Unsuccessfully up the order last time out, but his bowling has at least been a little more consistent with seven wickets.
VCC Team Form
Vantaa beat Greater Helsinki CC for just their second win of the season but they could not back up that three-wicket win as they posted a dismal 84/8 from 18 overs in a DLS-method defeat to GYM Helsinki Gymkhana last time out. Vantaa’s batting has been their biggest issue so far, with only Chanka Jayasinghe passing 100 runs in total from the first seven games.
Vantaa Cricket Club Predicted Playing 11
Madura Hettiarachilage, Ursan Tavernier, Manoj Mahamada, Ravi Sanjeewa, Chanaka Jayasinghe (wk), Ranuka Shiran Fernando (c), Nipuna Patabendi, Sanjeewa Peththahandi, Lahiru Liyanage, Nalaka Hangamuwe, Ameer Hamsa Warsha
Helsinki Cricket Club Team News & Playing 11
HCC Team News
Abdul Ahad Qureshi and Abdul Wahid Qureshi were up the batting order last time out, and they could be joined by the returning Ghulam Abbas Butt this time. On paper, it should be a strong batting line-up, but nobody has performed consistently enough.
HCC Key Players
- Khalid Rahman Mangal: Top of Helsinki’s run-scoring charts with 127 for the season, albeit he fell short last time out.
- Ghulam Abbas Butt: Missed last time out, the opening batsman has taken five wickets and scored 72 runs across the four games he has played in.
- Zakiullah Kamal: Moved to eight wickets in six matches last time out, when he finished with figures of 1-21 from his four overs.
HCC Team Form
Helsinki remain winless since opening the tournament with a pair of back-to-back wins. They scored 113/7 in a nine-wicket defeat to SKK Rapids and 114/9 in an 11-run loss to Empire CC to highlight the difference between themselves and the top two teams this season.
Helsinki Cricket Club Predicted Playing 11
Ghulam Abbas Butt, Khalid Rahman Mangal, Zahidullah Kamal, Abdul Ahad Qureshi, Aniketh Pushthay (c, wk), Maneesh Chauhan, Zakiullah Kamal, Obaidullah Sadiqui, Abdul Wahid Qureshi, Adnan Syed