The T10 leagues in the European Cricket Network (ECN) have become popular in the recent past. Almost every week or two, there is a new series that kicks off and they have already hosted 1000+ games all over Europe in 2021. With a blink of the eye, a new tournament kicks off and there has been some entertaining cricket that has been played in most of these T10 leagues.
At the moment, FanCode European Cricket Series (ECS) Sweden, Stockholm 2021 is ongoing. The knockout stages are underway and a couple of quarter-final encounters have already been completed.
In quarter-final number three, Pakistanska Forening went head to head against Alby Zalmi CF. Pakistanska Forening have been one of the best sides in the Stockholm cricketing network. They won the ECS Stockholm 2020 edition and lifted the title without being beaten even once. They continued their stupendous form this year as they topped Group A with seven wins and one loss. Meanwhile, Alby Zalmi CF finished with the Bronze Medal last season but were inconsistent in this tournament.
However, Alby Zalmi CF shocked defending champions Pakistanska Forening in the quarter-final and created a huge upset. Pakistanska Forening could muster just 67 runs batting first before Alby Zalmi CF chased it down with 26 balls to spare to advance to the semi-finals where they will face Djurgardens IF.
During the game, there was a smart bit of work by the Alby Zalmi CF wicket-keeper Ismaeel Zia. In the sixth over of the game, Pakistanska Forening were struggling at 42/2 and Jamal Awan’s brain-fade saw them slip further. Jamal Awan swung and missed a delivery from pacer Zia Alozai. The Pakistanska Forening batter just stood there posing and didn’t get back in his crease. Alby Zalmi CF stumper Ismaeel Zia noticed that and broke the stumps at the striker’s end to have Awan stumped.
It was some really smart work by Zia as Awan took it casually and wondered outside his crease. The batsman was just watching the bowler and trying to balance himself but didn’t get back in his crease as Zia ran towards the stumps and dislodged the bails.
You can watch the video of the street smart stumping from the Pakistanska Forening vs Alby Zalmi CF quarter-final game below (Credits: Fancode and ECS Sweden, Stockholm).
Watch the incident here: