After two rounds, the Indian Cultural Society (ICS) Lions XI and Ceylon Warriors are equal on points, with the Lions XI holding a narrow advantage through net run rate.
The ICS Lions XI and the Top End Medical Centre Ceylon Warriors are the only two sides to remain unbeaten in the competition. In recent matches, the ICS Lions XI recorded victories over Indian compatriots the Aussie Indians and the Pakistani Eagles. The Ceylon Warriors’ victories coming by way of wins over the Nepal Warriors and the Pakistani Eagles.
The Nepal Warriors moved to third on the table after a convincing 52 run victory over Bangladesh on the weekend. Despite the Asian Cup being the Bangladesh Tigers’ first foray into a hard ball competition, two of their front-line bowlers feature second and third in the Bangladesh Students’ Association sponsored individual bowling statistics: Raihan Chowdhury with 5 wickets at an average of 9.20 and MD Tawnid with 4 wickets at 9.75. Nepal Warriors’ Praful Gautum tops the bowling statistics with 5 wickets at an average of 5.00.
Unsurprisingly, the ICS Lions XI includes two batters in the top three of the Indian Cultural Society sponsored batting statistics: Pranav Kumar leads the table with 136 runs, followed closely by Nepal’s Gunjan Upadhyaya (113 runs) and ICS Lions XI’s Nitesh Panchal (109 runs).
It’s a must win match for both sides when the Bangladesh Tigers face off against the Pakistan Eagles at Wanguri Oval on Sunday 15 October from 10:00am. Both teams are yet to record a victory and each need a convincing win over the other if they are to keep their finals chances alive. It will be a top of the table clash when the Ceylon Warriors take on the ICS Lions XI at Tiwi Oval from 1:30pm, while Atul Dogra’s fourth placed Aussie Indians take on third placed Nepal Warriors at 10:00am, Tiwi Oval.