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Group B | MATCH 5 (ECC21.029) NETHERLANDS XI (NED XI) v PORTUGAL (POR) 1500 GMT | 1700 CET | 2030 IST


POR Timeline: ECC DEBUT 



Captain: Sebastiaan Braat

Wicketkeeper: Asad Zulfiqar

Projected Top Order: Musa Nadeem AhmadBoris Gorlee, Navjit Singh, Victor Lubbers

Projected Opening Bowlers: Vivian KingmaRyan Klein

Spin Options: Clayton FloydJulian de Mey



Sebastiaan Braat, skipper with six T20 international matches to his name. A dynamic, fast bowling all-rounder with vast experience facing top quality opposition.

Musa Nadeem Ahmadstar batsman in the recent FanCode ECS Netherlands Capelle with hosts Sparta Cricket 1888, hitting an unbeaten century on his way to 215 runs at an average of 43 and a SR of 193.69 in the tournament. He won the Man of the Match award three times in the tournament.

Vivian Kingma, fast bowler with international experience. He featured in the 2014 ICC T20 World Cup squad. A capable new ball bowler who can move the ball in the air and off the pitch.

Max Hoornweg, right-arm medium pacer with previous experience of playing in the ECS with Sparta Cricket 1888. Hoornweg has 29 wickets in the domestic season in the Netherlands at an average of 22.55 with a best return of 5/37.


Captain: Najam Shahzad

Wicketkeeper: Francoise Stoman

Projected Top Order: Azhar Andani, Sharon Gomez, Amir ZaibAnthony Chambers

Projected Opening Bowlers: Junaid Khan, Najam Shahzad

Spin Options: Md Siraj Nipo, Amandeep Singh


PORTUGAL Key Players:

Najam Shahzad, star all-rounder, dependable batsman who can anchor the innings very well, has amassed 397 runs in 22 ECN games and picked up 14 wickets.

Azhar Andani, big hitting opening batsman, has a good T20I record mustering 276 runs in four matches, including 100 off 51 balls vs Gibraltar.

Amir Zaib, another valuable all-rounder, who has impressed in the T20Is mustering 106 runs and picking up FIVE wickets in four matches. Has vast ECN experience as well and will be keen to impress on the big stage.

Md Siraj Nipo, boasts a wealth of experience playing in ECN events, a classy batsman who bowls tidy left arm off spin. Hard to get away, he will be a key bowler for Portugal. Has scored 208 runs and picked up 33 wickets in 31 ECN matches.

Junaid Khan, very good with the bat and equally sharp with the ball, the left arm quick has bagged SEVEN wickets in four T20Is. Has mustered 388 runs in 18 ECN games and picked up 17 wickets as well.


With the benefit of that earlier game to tune up and get used to the conditions, Team Netherlands are likely to prove too strong for Portugal here.


Match Prediction: Netherlands XI (NED XI) to win at a canter.



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