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GROUP C | MATCH 9(ECC21.057) ITALY (ITA) v FINLAND (FIN) 1300 GMT | 1500 CET | 1830 IST

ITA Timeline: L L (Avg Score For 107, Avg Score Against 112) 

FIN Timeline: L L (Avg Score For 75, Avg Score Against 120) 



Captain: Baljit Singh

Wicket Keeper: Nisar Ahmed

Projected Top Order: Nisar Ahmed, Amir Sharif, Hassan AhmadSimranjit Singh

Projected Opening Bowlers: Muhammad Imran, Ravi Paul, Amir Sharif

Spin Options: Adnan Muhammad, Jorawar Singh

Coach: KI Kamal


ITALY Key Players:

Muhammad Imran, the all-rounder finished top scorer for Italy on day one smashing an unbeaten 45 off 17 balls vs CZR. He picked up a wicket as well against Germany.

Baljit Singh, right arm medium pacer with good numbers in international T20 scalping 12 wickets in eight matches at an economy rate of 5.52. The experienced campaigner can also swing the bat hard scoring 340 runs in 13 ECS matches at a SR of 193. Scored 42 runs in two games.

Ravi Paul, left arm pacer, can swing the ball into the right hander and move it away with the angle, has good variations as well. Leading wicket taker at European Cricket Series November 2020 scalping 16 wickets in eight games. He also picked up SIX wickets in five games at FanCode ECS Italy Milan earlier this year. Picked up 2-24 vs GER in the first game.

Hassan Ahmad, hard hitting batter, played a vital role in Jinnah Brescia’s surge to the FanCode ECS Italy Brescia title amassing 274 runs in nine innings at an average of 54.80 and a SR of over 194.The talented left hander also featured in ECL19 for Janjua Brescia and at Dream11 European Cricket Series St Gallen 2020 where he was second highest run scorer in the tournament racking up 230 runs in eight innings. Looked in good touch in the opening game vs GER scoring 20 runs.

Amir Sharif, right handed batter and right arm pacer, played for Fresh Tropical in the ECS, capable of swinging the ball away from the right hander at pace, top wicket taker for ITA scalping FIVE wickets including a best return of 4-19 vs GER in the opening game.



Captain: Nathan Collins

Wicketkeeper: Jonathan Scamans, Aravind Mohan

Projected top four: Nathan CollinsPeter Gallagher, Aravind Mohan, Amjad Sher

Projected opening bowlers: Amjad Sher, Naveed Shahid, Muhammad Imran, Mahesh Tambe

Spin Options: Hariharan Dandapani, Peter Gallagher

Coach: Mathew Jenkinson


FINLAND Key Players:

Amjad Sher, a right-arm medium pace bowler and middle-order batter, Amjad Sher enjoyed a standout Finnish Premier League in 2020 making 284 runs at a strike-rate of 142 and also finished as the second-highest wicket-taker with 24 wickets for Empire CC. Scored 19 runs off nine balls vs ENG XI on Monday.

Mahesh Tambe, the Empire CC quick bowler finished as leading wicket-taker in the Finnish Premier League with 25 wickets at an economy rate of 6.22 and an average of 9.72.

Peter Gallagher, a batting all-rounder who is a terrific spinner, Gallagher finished as the leading wicket-taker with seven wickets in the European Cricket Series Finland in 2020 while also making 130 runs, the second-most by anyone, at an average of 43.33 and a strike-rate of 188.4.

Nathan Collins, team captain and opener, second-highest run-scorer in the Finnish Premier League in 2020 with 387 runs at an average of 32.25 and a strike-rate of 102.11.

Raaz Mohammad, right arm medium pacer, top wicket taker for Finland on Monday picking up TWO wickets in two games.


Both Italy and Finland might be coming into this game winless in their previous three encounters and will be keen to get their first points on the board. 


Match Prediction: Italy (ITA) to ink up their first ECC win.



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