Sir Ali up against emboldened Sikhs

Sir Ali Muslim Club will be the battleground as the hosts take on Sikh Union Sports Club ‘A’ in the Super League Division of the 2021 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) 50 –over League on 22nd August 2021.

Sikh Union’s batter Gursimranpal Singh bats against Swamibapa Sports Club ‘A’

Sikh Union Sports Club ‘A’ are winless from five matches, copping up heavy defeats both home and away as they battle injuries and misfortunes with selection. they lie ninth on the table with no point while Sir Ali are solid in fourth place.

As first reported by kenya-cricket,com, they turn out this weekend with three overseas players in the form of Deepak Singh – opening bowler, Sudhir Yadav – opening batsman and Jassim Jitendra Matharoo – left arm spinner. Deepak Singh has featured for the side before while the other two are making their maiden appearances in the NPCA League.

The visitors will be hoping that the three also beef up their batting order that has heavily relied on skipper Sukhdeep Singh, Muhammad Kalyan and Harpreet Gill. With the jury still out on the return of Himanshu Dixit and Gurmanjot Singh, Sikh Union will have to contend with the players available to them once again as their selection conundrum persists.

Skipper Sukhdeep Singh and his boys are still riding on the momentum they picked against Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj ‘A’ last weekend, despite losing the match by 3 wickets in the penultimate over. The team set their highest score of the season – 9/233. “Our preparations have been amazing since our overseas players arrived. As a team, we have been preparing mentally over time since we know that we are capable of a lot cricket-wise. We are yet to decide on our final XI against Sir Ali from the squad available to us on Sunday but we are still backing our regular performers in Kalyan, Gill, Charanpreet Aidhy and Raj Manji.

Sir Ali Muslim Club A celebrate a wicket against Stray Lions Cricket Club A on 15/08/21 at Peponi School.

Sir Ali Muslim Club ‘A’ are riding on the back of two wins on the trot, having bounced back from losing their opening match to Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj ‘A’ and later Kanbis Sports Club ‘A’. Even with their three overseas players doing well with both bat and ball, the hosts will be hoping that skipper Gurdeep Singh wins the race against the shoulder niggle he picked against Obuya Cricket Academy two matches back.

Ellahi has been prolific with the ball, picking 13 wickets from five innings and also shown to be handy with the bat when he top scored against Kanbis Sports Club ‘A’. Siddarth Mhatre and Sandip Adole have certainly been solid with the bat while chipping in wickets and will be key to a Sir Ali batting that has been wobbly at the top, more so without them.

Tarandeep Singh who combined with Eugene Maneno to add crucial runs at the bottom of the order last weekend told kenya-cricket.com that their batting needs to improve. “Batting is where we have an issue and as you have seen in all our games, our top order has not clicked. Going into the match, we are confident but not taking any match lightly at this stage.”

On different batting combinations at the top, he says that they are still looking for the right pair. “We have genuine batsmen who have had an impact at the top but have been failing for some time now. Hence, we have been looking for a combination that would ease the pressure on our middle order so that it is easy to convert the starts to bigger totals,” stated Tarandeep.

With Adbul Rehman, Tarandeep Singh and Eugene Maneno stepping up with the ball in recent matches, Sir Ali look set with a working combination.

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