PREVIEW - Germany T20I Tri-Series - DAY 2
European Cricket Network will again showcase the best of cricket in Europe this summer with Germany hosting France and Norway in a T20 Tri-series at the Bayer Uerdingen Cricket Ground in Krefeld. Tune into the live action from 0900 GMT | 1100 CEST | 1430 IST from the Bayer Uerdingen Cricket Ground in Krefeld.
Germany host France and Norway in a Tri-Series in Krefeld with seven T20I matches over four days.
Germany and France meet on Day 2 after both registered wins over Norway on the opening day. A tighter contest is expected between these two heavyweights.
GERMANY (GER) v FRANCE (FRA)
0900 GMT | 1100 CEST | 1430 IST
GER Last Five Matches: W W L W W
FRA Last Match: W
Captain: Venkatraman Ganesan
Wicketkeeper: Harish Srinivasan
Projected Top Four: Vijayshankar Chikkannaiah, Abdul-Shakoor Rahimzei, Venkatraman Ganesan, Harmanjot Singh
Projected Opening Bowlers: Sajid Liaqat, Nooruddin Mujadady
Spin Options: Vishnu Bharati, Ghulam Rasul Ahmadi, Venkatraman Ganesan.
GERMANY Key Players:
Venkatraman Ganesan, solid top-order batsman and captain, who plays for Dusseldorf Blackcaps. He is also a handy off-spinner. He has played six T20I matches after making his debut in 2019. Warmed up with an unbeaten 15 in the first game of the series.
Ghulam Rasul Ahmadi, tidy left-arm finger spinner with neat variations, he picked up a four-wicket haul, leaking just five runs, in a sensational spell in the opening game against Norway in the Tri-series.
Harmanjot Singh, exciting top-order batsman, who also bowls medium pace. He has a highest score of 44* in T20Is and has played nine of them since his debut in 2019.
Vishnu Barathi, a tidy left-arm finger spinner. Picked up 3-21 in his last T20I appearance in 2020 against Spain.
Captain: Usman Shahid
Wicketkeeper: Hevit Alodin Jackson
Projected Top Four: Noman Amjad, Usman Shahid, Usman Riaz Khan, Junaid Ahamed
Projected Opening Bowlers: Mustafa Omer, Rahmatullah Mangal
Spin Options: Usman Shahid, Ibrahim Jabarkhel, Mobashar Hussain Ashraf
FRANCE Key Players:
Usman Riaz Khan, hugely-talented batsman, who is the fourth-highest run-getter in 2021 in all cricket under the France Cricket Governing Body. Averaging 62.6, Usman smashed a highest score of 62* in four matches this year.
Usman Shahid, captain and top-order batsman, made 151 runs at 37.75 and strike-rate of 138.53 in 2021. Plays for the Paris Universite Club. He picked up a wicket with the ball against Norway and played a handy role at the top in a solid opening partnership that paved the way for France's win.
Santhirakumaran Suventhiran, a tidy batsman with crisp stroke-play, made 254 runs with a highest-score of 75 in 2020 in cricket under France's governing body. He started the tri-series in good touch with a solid 34 from the top.
Match Prediction: Germany have a strong record at home and started the series in dominating fashion with a win over Norway, while France needed to go till the last over to seal a result against the same side.
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