Day 11 PREVIEW: FanCode ECS Czech Republic Prague – Matches 41 to 44
Ten top Czech teams feature over 12 days in 48 hotly-anticipated T10 matches from the Czech capital Prague. Every game will be live streamed worldwide on the European Cricket Network and on FanCode - a multi-sport aggregator platform, from the house of Dream Sports for the Indian Sub-Continent.
European Cricket Network live broadcasts four T10 matches on Day 11 of the 2021 FanCode ECS Czech Republic, Prague on Friday 14 May.
Four mouthwatering quarter-finals await on Friday as the FanCode ECS Czech Republic Prague nears the business end of the competition.
PCK Prague CC Kings (6-1-1, NRR+3.547)
VCC Vinohrady (6-1-1, NRR+3.270)
PSM Prague Spartans Mobilizers (3-4-1, NRR-4.163)
BCC Bohemian (2-6, NRR-0.399)
BRD Brno Raiders (1-6-1, NRR-2.130)
BRG Brno Rangers (6-0-2, NRR+1.748)
PSV Prague Spartans Vanguards (5-2-1, NRR+0.545)
PBV Prague Barbarians Vandals (5-3, NRR+0.783)
UCC United (2-6, NRR-0.772)
PCR Prague CC Rooks (0-7-1, NRR-1.912)
QUARTER FINAL 1 - MATCH 41 (ECS21.332)
PRAGUE CC KINGS (PCK) v UNITED (UCC)
0700 GMT | 0900 CET | 1230 IST
PCK Last Five Matches: W W L NR W (Avg Score For 83, Avg Score Against 67)
UCC Last Five Matches: W L L L W (Avg Score For 79, Avg Score Against 88)
PRAGUE CC KINGS (PCK)
Captain: Arun Ashokan
Wicketkeeper: Hilal Ahmad
Projected Top Four: Arun Ashokan, Aakash Parmar, Sudesh Wickramasekara, Kushal Mendon
Projected Opening Bowlers: Sameera Maduranga, Ali Sittar
Spin Options: Keyur Mehta, Suditha Udugala, Surya Rengarajan
PRAGUE CC KINGS Key Players:
Sudesh Wickramasekara highest run scorer so far with 230 runs from eight innings, strikes at 221 and has hit 16 sixes, “The Beast” has scalped four wickets with the ball too!
Smit Patel has been very consistent with the ball, istop wicket taker in the tournament picking up 11 wickets from 11 overs with a best return of 3-10.
Ali Sittar, an impressive young fast bowler, has picked up seven wickets from seven matches at an economy rate of 7.44 runs per over.
Keyur Mehta, has good control over the ball, bowls tight lines and doesn’t concede many runs, picked up five wickets from seven games at an economy rate of just 5.45 including a man of the match performance of 2-8.
Captain: Pramod Bagauly
Wicketkeeper: Abhimanyu Singh
Projected Top Four: Abhimanyu Singh, Pramod Bagauly, Ayush Sharma, Piyushsingh Baghel
Projected Opening Bowlers: Pramod Bagauly, Mustafa Nawab
Spin Options: Neelesh Pandit
UNITED Key Players:
Pramod Bagauly, captain, all-rounder, decent batsman capable of scoring quick runs, can swing the ball both ways, has looked sharp with the ball picking up six wickets in eight games.
Piyushsingh Baghel, valuable all-rounder, second highest run scorer for United so far with 113 runs from five matches with a sensational man of the match performance against Rooks that helped United tie the game, has also picked up five wickets.
Mustafa Nawab is turning out to be an asset for United with the ball, has scalped seven wickets with a man of the match performance of 2-6 and is leading the wicket taking column for his side.
Ayush Sharma, top scorer for UCC with 188 runs from eight games at an average of 47, has also picked up six wickets.
Admittedly, United have improved over the course of the tournament, but it would be the mother of all shocks if United overcame impressive Group A winners Prague CC Kings in the opening quarter-final.
Last time they met: PCK 85 def UCC 65 (13 Jun 2020)
Match Prediction: Prague CC Kings (PCK) to win comfortably.
QUARTER FINAL 2 - MATCH 42 (ECS21.333)
VINOHRADY (VCC) v PRAGUE BARBARIANS VANDALS (PBV)
0900 GMT | 1100 CET | 1430 IST
VCC Last Five Matches: W W W NR W (Avg Score For 105, Avg Score Against 73)
PBV Last Five Matches: W L W L W (Avg Score For 92, Avg Score Against 86)
Captain: Siddarth Goud
Wicketkeeper: Chris Pearce
Projected Top Four: Siddarth Goud, Chris Pearce, Ritik Tomar, Frederick Heydenrych
Projected Opening Bowlers: Shubhranshu Chaudhary, Ritik Tomar
Spin Options: Venkatesh Margasahayam, Mikulas Stary
VINOHRADY Key Players:
Ritik Tomar, hard hitting middle order batsman, has the capability to demolish any attack, has mustered 100 runs including a match winning 11-ball 32 against leaders PCK on Monday, has chipped in with five wickets.
Siddarth Goud, captain,all-rounder, top scorer for VCC racking up 129 runs this season with a man of the match performance of 45 runs off 29 balls vs PSM and has scalped five wickets as well.
Venkatesh Margasahayam, the spinner has scalped eight wickets from eight matches and leads the wicket taking column for VCC.
Frederick Heydenrych, aggressive middle order batsman, loves dancing down the track and hitting it straight back over the bowler’s head, has mustered 126 runs in eight games at an average of 42 and strike rate of 183, has hit 10 sixes and bagged two man of the match awards.
PRAGUE BARBARIANS VANDALS (PBV)
Captain: Divyendra Singh
Wicketkeeper: Sahil Grover
Projected Top Four: Sabawoon Davizi, Divyendra Singh, Sahil Grover, Pradeep Gangappa
Projected Opening Bowlers: Piyush Kumar, Sabawoon Davizi
Spin Options: Muralidhara Vandrasi, Amritpal Rai
PRAGUE BARBARIANS VANDALS Key Players:
Sabawoon Davizi, star all-rounder, leading the run scoring and wicket taking charts for Vandals mustering 227 runs including 13 maximos and has scalped 10 wickets with the ball.
Divyendra Singh, captain, all-rounder, has racked up 63 runs including a match winning 30* off 24 balls in the second game.
Muralidhara Vandrasi, clever spinner, doesn't shy away from flighting the ball , has scalped five wickets from six matches with a best return of 3-8.
Amritpal Rai, wily spinner, has scalped six wickets from six matches going at 7.20 runs per over.
Vinohrady came so close to topping their group which would have meant an easier quarter-final. Despite the Vandals hit or miss form, this will certainly be no picnic for Vinohrady.
Match Prediction: Vinohrady (VCC) to edge a narrow win.
QUARTER FINAL 3 - MATCH 43 (ECS21.334)
BRNO RANGERS (BRG) v BOHEMIAN (BCC)
1100 GMT | 1300 CET | 1630 IST
BRG Last Five Matches: W W W NR NR (Avg Score For 92, Avg Score Against 76)
BCC Last Five Matches: W L L L L (Avg Score For 75, Avg Score Against 77)
BRNO RANGERS (BRG)
Captain: Dylan Steyn
Wicketkeeper: Jan Hoffman
Projected Top Four: Dylan Steyn, Ali Kashif, Jan Hoffman, Rahat Ali
Projected Opening Bowlers: Rahat Ali, Sandeep Tiwari
Spin Options: Naveed Ahmed, Tripurari Kanhya Lal, Ali Kashif
BRNO RANGERS Key Players:
Dylan Steyn, captain, in great form mustering 173 runs from six games including a 30-ball 57 against a strong PBV side.
Rahat Ali, experienced fast bowler, has conceded runs at a miser economy of just 5.10 in six games picking up five wickets and returned man of the match figures of 2-4 vs United last Thursday.
Ali Kashif, top all-rounder, picked up two man of the match awards on Friday for impactful performances with bat and ball, joint leading wicket taker for his side with five scalps to his name, has mustered 68 runs with the bat as well.
Captain: Javed Iqbal
Wicketkeeper: Muhammad Nabeel
Projected Top Four: Saqlain Mukhtar, Javed Iqbal, Muhammad Nabeel, Zahid Mahmood
Projected Opening Bowlers: Ali Waqar, Ravindra Singh Bist
Spin Options: Saqlain Mukhtar
BOHEMIAN Key Players:
Saqlain Mukhtar, good top order batsman, looked in fine form, second highest run scorer for BCC with 84 runs to his name, has chipped in with a couple of wickets as well.
Javed Iqbal, captain, experienced all-rounder who can whack the ball to all parts of the ground, has racked up 87 runs, has picked up four wickets with the ball at an economy rate of just 5.15.
Saurabh Kakaria, gentle medium pace bowler with great accuracy and control, top wicket taker for Bohemian with nine scalps and a best return of 4-16.
Ali Waqar, has been bowling well consistently picking up six wickets at an economy rate of under six and a best return of 2-5.
With just two wins, ECN Czech Super Series champions Bohemian have not impressed in this series, especially with the bat , while Brno Rangers remained unbeaten throughout their campaign. Anything other than a BRG win would be a huge surprise.
Last time they met: BCC 82 def BRG 74 (12 Jul 2020)
Match Prediction: Brno Rangers (BRG) to win handsomely.
QUARTER FINAL 4 - MATCH 44 (ECS21.335)
PRAGUE SPARTANS VANGUARDS (PSV) v PRAGUE SPARTANS MOBILIZERS (PSM)
1300 GMT | 1500 CET | 1830 IST
PSV Last Five Matches: L W W W NR (Avg Score For 94, Avg Score Against 84)
PSM Last Five Matches: W W L W NR (Avg Score For 79, Avg Score Against 87)
PRAGUE SPARTANS VANGUARDS (PSV)
Captain: Neeraj Tyagi
Wicketkeeper: Varun Mehta
Projected Top Four: Kranthi Venkataswamy, Satyajit Sengupta, Vyshakh Jagannivasan, Shobhit Bhatia
Projected Opening Bowlers: Neeraj Tyagi, Satyajit Sengupta
Spin Options: Farooq Abdullah
PRAGUE SPARTANS VANGUARDS Key Players:
Kranthi Venkataswamy, decent top order batsman, finally hit form with a blistering knock of 52 off 28 balls against PBV, top scoring for his side with 170 runs.
Shobhit Bhatia, wicket keeper batsman has looked in good touch of late and would like to make the most of it, racked up 87 runs at a strike rate of 145 with a man of the match performance of 37 off 20 balls vs United.
Vyshakh Jagannivasan, aggressive middle order batsman, has mustered 88 runs with a best score of 30 off just 15 balls.
Satyajit Sengupta, top all-rounder, has racked up 131 runs with the bat and is the leading wicket taker for PSV with seven victims.
PRAGUE SPARTANS MOBILIZERS (PSM)
Captain: Suresh Kuramboyina
Wicketkeeper: Naveen Purandhar
Projected Top Four: Vaibhav Naukudkar, Siddharth Sharma, Sagor Md Sahadat Hossain, Suresh Kuramboyina
Projected Opening Bowlers: Ashok Kumar Reddy, Suresh Kuramboyina
Spin Options: Sagor Md Sahadat Hossain, Vaibhav Naukudkar
PRAGUE SPARTANS MOBILIZERS Key Players:
Arun Konda, decent middle order batsman, helped his side get over the line with an unbeaten 28 off 14 balls against Bohemian on Monday, can roll his arm too.
Al Mahmud, handy all-rounder, joint leading wicket taker for PSM with four scalps, capable of mustering some quick runs down the order.
Ashok Kumar Reddy, good all-round cricketer, has scalped four wickets with the ball and scored 60 runs with the bat.
Vaibhav Naukudkar, haslooked good recently, top scoring for PSM with 115 runs in eight games, bagged man of the match for his quick fire 12-ball 24 against Bohemian on Wednesday.
Both these sides have improved during the course of the competition, but the Vanguards are clear favourites to secure a semi-final spot and totally immobilize PSM.
Match Prediction: Prague Spartans Vanguards (PSV) to win an entertaining affair.