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Fancode ECS Italy, Bologna, 2021

Day 1 PREVIEW: FanCode ECS Italy Bologna – Matches 1 to 4

Six top Italian sides Baracca Prato, Bologna, Cricket Stars, Kings XI, Pianoro and Royal Parma feature over six days in 24 explosive T10 matches from beautiful Bologna. 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 1 of the 2021 FanCode ECS Italy, Bologna on Monday 22 March.

European Cricket roadshow moves to beautiful Bologna with six teams competing to lift the coveted silverware. Three teams return from previous editions, while a trio make their debut on the grand stage of European Cricket. Get ready for some exciting action as the first day unfolds in the Basket City. 

Teams

BAP Baracca Prato (0-0, NRR+0.000)

BOL Bologna (0-0, NRR+0.000)

CRS Cricket Stars (0-0, NRR+0.000)

KIN-XI Kings XI (0-0, NRR+0.000)

PIA Pianoro (0-0, NRR+0.000)

ROP Royal Parma (0-0, NRR+0.000) 

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MATCH 1  (ECS21.149)

BARACCA PRATO (BAP) v KINGS XI (KIN-XI)

0800 GMT | 0900 CET | 1330 IST 

BAP Last Five Matches: ON ECS DEBUT

KIN-XI Last Five Matches: - L L W L (Avg Score For 83, Avg Score Against 117) 

BARACCA PRATO (BAP)

Captain: Ghulam Dastgeer

Wicketkeeper: Asim Javaid

Projected Top Four: Ghulam Dastgeer, Arslan Akhtar, Zaryab Arshad, Ali Hassan Jr

Projected Opening Bowlers: Shahid Imran, Pradeep Kumara

Spin Options: Ali Hassan Jr, Ali Hassan Sr, Karamat Ullah Khan 

BARACCA PRATO Key Players:

Ghulam Dastgeer, captain, top scorer for BAP in the last two seasons, has scored three centuries in Italian T20 tournament.

Ali Hassan Jr, aggressive batsman, very talented, regarded as the next big thing in Italian cricket. 

Shahid Imran, fast bowler, very good with the new ball, swings the cherry both ways, well known prospect among the Italian cricket community.

KINGS XI (KIN-XI)

Captain: Jaipal Singh

Wicketkeeper: Salman Ali

Projected Top Four: Vikas Kumar, Muhammad Awais, Simranjit Singh, Jaswinder Singh

Projected Opening Bowlers: Muhammad Awais, Muhammad Maqsood

Spin Options: Jaipal Singh, Nagra Jagjit 

KINGS XI Key Players:

Simranjit Singh, classical batsman, plays the straight drive and pull shot very well, leading run scorer for KIN-XI in September 2020.

Vikas Kumar, big hitter, loves to cut and pull, racked up 60 runs from four games in September 2020.

Muhammad Awais, all-rounder, hits the ball hard and long, will lead the KIN-XI attack with lovely inswingers. 

Baracca Prato are making their ECS debut and will be aiming to start positively. Kings XI are returning after a disappointing first ECS season and will look to improve in 2021. 

Match Prediction: Baracca Prato (BAP) to start their debut ECS campaign with a win. 

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MATCH 2  (ECS21.150)

PIANORO (PIA) v BARACCA PRATO (BAP)

1000 GMT | 1100 CET | 1530 IST

PIA Last Five Matches: ON ECS DEBUT

BAP Last Five Matches: ON ECS DEBUT

PIANORO (PIA)

Captain: Arslan Rana

Wicketkeeper: Nasir Abbas

Projected Top Four: Charles Fernando, Waleed Rana, Nilantha Kotikawatta, Nasir Abbas

Projected Opening Bowlers: Waleed Rana, Arslan Rana

Spin Options: Nicolo Fernando, Hammad Amjad 

PIANORO Key Players:

Arslan Rana, captain, medium pace bowler, swings the ball into the right handers, provides lusty blows in the middle order.

Charles Fernando, all-rounder, big hitter, loves pace on the ball and hits through the line, bowls fast and can swing the ball both ways.

Nasir Abbas, aggressive batsman, swings hard, doesn't mind keeping the ball down, can destroy any bowling line-up if gets going.

BARACCA PRATO (BAP)

Captain: Ghulam Dastgeer

Wicketkeeper: Asim Javaid

Projected Top Four: Ghulam Dastgeer, Arslan Akhtar, Zaryab Arshad, Ali Hassan Jr

Projected Opening Bowlers: Shahid Imran, Pradeep Kumara

Spin Options: Ali Hassan Jr, Ali Hassan Sr, Karamat Ullah Khan 

BARACCA PRATO Key Players:

Ghulam Dastgeer, captain, top scorer for BAP in the last two seasons, has scored three centuries in Italian T20 tournament.

Ali Hassan Jr, aggressive batsman, very talented, regarded as the next big thing in Italian cricket. 

Shahid Imran, fast bowler, very good with the new ball, swings the cherry both ways, well known prospect among the Italian cricket community.

A pair of newcomers meet on the grand stage of European Cricket. Both sides look well matched with a good mix of youth and experience. An exciting T10 contest awaits! 

Match Prediction: Baracca Prato (BAP) will know the conditions better having played earlier, so BAP might edge Pianoro. 

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MATCH 3  (ECS21.151)

BOLOGNA (BOL) v PIANORO (PIA)

1200 GMT | 1300 CET | 1730 IST 

BOL Last Five Matches: W W LL W(Avg Score For 104, Avg Score Against 94) 

PIA Last Five Matches: ON ECS DEBUT 

BOLOGNA (BOL)

Captain: Khayer Abul

Wicketkeeper: Zain Iftikhar

Projected Top Four: Rahaman Bhuiyan, Vikas Kalyan, Malik Sarfaraz, Suresh Kolli

Projected Opening Bowlers: Muhammad Adnan, Akash Deep

Spin Options: Babar Ghafar 

BOLOGNA Key Players:

Rahaman Bhuiyan, attacking opening batsman, can play according to the situation, mustered 95 runs in the previous edition.

Malik Sarfaraz, classy batsman, can score quick runs even with orthodox cricketing shots, leading run scorer for BOL in Nov 2020.

Muhammad Adnan, wicket taking bowler, picked up six wickets from six games in the previous edition, can also score some quick runs down the order.

Suresh Kolli, all-rounder, plays aggressive cricket, leading wicket taker for BOL in Nov 2020, also scored 82 runs.

PIANORO (PIA)

Captain: Arslan Rana

Wicketkeeper: Nasir Abbas

Projected Top Four: Charles Fernando, Waleed Rana, Nilantha Kotikawatta, Nasir Abbas

Projected Opening Bowlers: Waleed Rana, Arslan Rana

Spin Options: Nicolo Fernando, Hammad Amjad 

PIANORO Key Players:

Arslan Rana, captain, medium pace bowler, swings the ball into the right handers, provides lusty blows in the middle order.

Charles Fernando, all-rounder, big hitter, loves pace on the ball and hits through the line, bowls fast and can swing the ball both ways.

Nasir Abbas, aggressive batsman, swings hard, doesn't mind keeping the ball down, can destroy any bowling line-up if gets going.

Pianoro pit their wits against an experienced Bologna side. BOL enjoyed a solid tournament last season, winning three of six games, and will be eyeing the knockout stages this time around.

Match Prediction: Bologna (BOL) to win convincingly.

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MATCH 4  (ECS21.152)

CRICKET STARS (CRS) v BOLOGNA (BOL)

1400 GMT | 1500 CET | 1930 IST 

CRS Last Five Matches: ON ECS DEBUT 

BOL Last Five Matches: W W LL W (Avg Score For 104, Avg Score Against 94)

CRICKET STARS (CRS)

Captain: Lovepreet Singh

Wicketkeeper: Suraj Prakash

Projected Top Four: Sultan Hassan, Lovepreet Singh, Suraj Prakash, Manpreet Singh

Projected Opening Bowlers: Harpreet Singh, Prabhjeet Singh

Spin Options: Manpreet Singh, Lovepreet Singh, Navdeep Singh 

CRICKET STARS Key Players:

Sultan Hassan, hard hitting opening batsman, could be a breath of fresh air with his unorthodox shots.

Lovepreet Singh, captain, all-rounder, very strong on the leg side, loves playing the leg glance, also bowls economically.

Navdeep Singh, spin bowler, always has a trick up his sleeve with different bowling variations, can bat too!

Suraj Prakash, reliable top order batsman, builds the innings with sensible batting, loves playing the pull shot.

BOLOGNA (BOL)

Captain: Khayer Abul

Wicketkeeper: Zain Iftikhar

Projected Top Four: Rahaman Bhuiyan, Vikas Kalyan, Malik Sarfaraz, Suresh Kolli

Projected Opening Bowlers: Muhammad Adnan, Akash Deep

Spin Options: Babar Ghafar 

BOLOGNA Key Players:

Rahaman Bhuiyan, attacking opening batsman, can play according to the situation, mustered 95 runs in the previous edition.

Malik Sarfaraz, classy batsman, can score quick runs even with orthodox cricketing shots, leading run scorer for BOL in Nov 2020.

Muhammad Adnan, wicket taking bowler, picked up six wickets from six games in the previous edition, can also score some quick runs down the order.

Suresh Kolli, all-rounder, plays aggressive cricket, leading wicket taker for BOL in Nov 2020, also scored 82 runs.

Bologna take on another debutant, Cricket Stars in their second match of the day and will look to make it two in two to finish the day on a high. 

Match Prediction: Bologna (BOL) to win comfortably against the newcomers.

Tune into the live action from Bologna from Monday to Saturday from * 0900 CET * 0800 GMT * 1330 IST.