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Fancode ECS Italy, Bologna, 2021

Day 2 PREVIEW: FanCode ECS Italy Bologna – Matches 5 to 8

FanCode ECS Italy, Bologna provides an opportunity for 6 Bolognian teams to showcase their skills at the Oval Rastignano. All 24 games 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. Tune into the live action from 0800 GMT | 0900 CET | 1330 IST from the Oval Rastignano, Bologna, Italy.

European Cricket Network live broadcasts four T10 matches on Day 2 of the 2021 FanCode ECS Italy, Bologna on Tuesday 23 March.

 

Royal Parma enter the fray, looking for a quick start on Day 2. The hosts Pianoro, Bologna, Baracca Prato and Kings XI all have a win a piece, but Kings XI are the only side with a 100 percent record. Captains were keen to bowl first on Day 1, and with a 75 percent success rate for chasing teams that trend may continue.



Teams

PIA Pianoro (1-1, NRR+0.783)

KIN-XI Kings XI (1-0, NRR+0.627)

BAP Baracca Prato (1-1, NRR+0.060)

BOL Bologna (1-1, NRR-0.528)

ROP Royal Parma (0-0, NRR+0.000)

CRS Cricket Stars (0-1, NRR-0.900)

 

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MATCH 5  (ECS21.153)

ROYAL PARMA (ROP) v BARACCA PRATO (BAP)

0830 GMT | 0930 CET | 1400 IST

 

ROP Last Five Matches: W W W W L (Avg Score For 121, Avg Score Against 96) 

BAP Last Five Matches: L W (Avg Score For 126, Avg Score Against 125) 

 

ROYAL PARMA (ROP)

Captain: Sukhpal Singh

Wicketkeeper: Balwinder Singh

Projected Top Four: Rajmani Singh, Mehmoor Javed, Harkamal Singh, Balwinder Singh

Projected Opening Bowlers: Sukhpal Singh, Attiq Ur Rehman

Spin Options: Sheraz Afzal, Mehboob Ahmed

 

ROYAL PARMA Key Players:

Rajmani Singh, all-time leading run scorer for ROP, ultra reliable with the bat, racked up 327 runs at an SR of 227 including two fifties and a hundred in Nov 2020, also picked up eight wickets.

Mehboob Ahmed is the leading all-rounder, mustered 72 runs at a strike rate of 277 in the previous edition.

Attiq Ur Rehman, joint leading wicket taker for ROP in Nov 2020 with eight wickets from seven games, fearsome hitter with the bat.



BARACCA PRATO (BAP)

Captain: Ghulam Dastgeer

Wicketkeeper: Asim Javaid

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

Projected Opening Bowlers: Shahid Imran, Pradeep Kumara

Spin Options: Ali Hassan, Karamat Ullah Khan

 

BARACCA PRATO Key Players:

Ghulam Dastgeer, captain, top scorer for BAP in the last two seasons, looked in tremendous form on the opening day, scoring 107 runs including an unbeaten 69.

Ali Hassan, aggressive batsman, very talented, regarded as the next big thing in Italian cricket, was unlucky with the ball as three consecutive catches were dropped off his bowling yet still managed to scalp two wickets, smashed an unbeaten 16 off 7 balls to take his side home in the final over.

Zaryab Arshad, top order batsman, scored a crucial fifty in the chase vs Pianoro which earned him the Man of the Match award.

 

Royal Parma won six out of six in the group stages last time around and must be favourites. However, Baracca Prato enjoy the benefit of knowing the conditions from two outings on the opening day.

 

Match Prediction: Royal Parma (ROP) to romp to victory.

 

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MATCH 6  (ECS21.154)

KINGS XI (KIN-XI) v ROYAL PARMA (ROP)

1030 GMT | 1130 CET | 1500 IST

 

KIN-XI Last Five Matches: L L W L W (Avg Score For 97, Avg Score Against 120) 

ROP Last Five Matches: W W W W L (Avg Score For 121, Avg Score Against 96) 

 

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, Jagjit Singh

 

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, played a match winning knock of 33* off just 10 balls in the first game.

Vikas Kumar, big hitter, loves to cut and pull, scored a blistering 36-ball 72* in a man of the match performance to take his side home.

Noman Ali, fast bowler, looked lethal with his extra pace troubling the batsmen, swings the ball away from right handers, and picked up a wicket. 



ROYAL PARMA (ROP)

Captain: Sukhpal Singh

Wicketkeeper: Balwinder Singh

Projected Top Four: Rajmani Singh, Mehmoor Javed, Harkamal Singh, Balwinder Singh

Projected Opening Bowlers: Sukhpal Singh, Attiq Ur Rehman

Spin Options: Sheraz Afzal, Mehboob Ahmed

 

ROYAL PARMA Key Players:

Rajmani Singh, all time leading run scorer for ROP, ultra reliable with the bat, racked up 327 runs at an SR of 227 including two fifties and a hundred in Nov 2020, also picked up eight wickets.

Mehboob Ahmed is the leading all-rounder, mustered 72 runs at a strike rate of 277 in the previous edition.

Attiq Ur Rehman, joint leading wicket taker for ROP in Nov 2020 with eight wickets from seven games, fearsome hitter with the bat.

 

Kings XI will be buoyed by their miraculous victory on the opening day, hitting 26 off the final over to win. Royal Parma will be fresh from their opening match from day two.

 

Match Prediction: This game could go either way but a slight preference is given to Royal Parma (ROP).

 

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MATCH 7(ECS21.155)

BARACCA PRATO (BAP) v BOLOGNA (BOL)

1230 GMT | 1330 CET | 1800 IST

 

BAP Last Five Matches: L W (Avg Score For 126, Avg Score Against 125) 

BOL Last Five Matches: L L W L W (Avg Score For 101, Avg Score Against 107)

 

BARACCA PRATO (BAP)

Captain: Ghulam Dastgeer

Wicketkeeper: Asim Javaid

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

Projected Opening Bowlers: Shahid Imran, Pradeep Kumara

Spin Options: Ali Hassan, Karamat Ullah Khan

 

BARACCA PRATO Key Players:

Ghulam Dastgeer, captain, top scorer for BAP in the last two seasons, looked in tremendous form on the opening day, scoring 107 runs including an unbeaten 69.

Ali Hassan, aggressive batsman, very talented, regarded as the next big thing in Italian cricket, was unlucky with the ball as three consecutive catches were dropped off his bowling yet still managed to scalp two wickets, smashed an unbeaten 16 off 7 balls to take his side home in the final over.

Zaryab Arshad, top order batsman, scored a crucial fifty in the chase vs Pianoro which earned him the Man of the Match award.




BOLOGNA (BOL)

Captain: Zain Iftikhar

Wicketkeeper: Zain Iftikhar

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

Projected Opening Bowlers: Muhammad Adnan, Revanth Pannala

Spin Options: Babar Ghafar

 

BOLOGNA Key Players:

Malik Sarfraz, classy batsman, can score quick runs even with orthodox cricketing shots, looked good with the bat especially in the second game before retiring hurt.

Muhammad Adnan, wicket taking bowler with the new ball, looked sharp, economical and also picked up a wicket, can also plunder quick runs down the order.

Suresh Kolli, all-rounder, plays aggressive cricket, mainstay of the Bologna batting lineup, in fine form with 46 in the first game.

 

This promises to be a meeting of two evenly matched sides, where the result could go either way. Baracca Prato do look like they have more batting firepower though. 

 

Match Prediction: Baracca Prato (BAP) to edge a tight contest, particularly if their top order delivers.

 

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MATCH 8(ECS21.156)

KINGS XI (KIN-XI) v PIANORO (PIA)

1430 GMT | 1530 CET | 2000 IST

 

KIN-XI Last Five Matches: L L W L W (Avg Score For 97, Avg Score Against 120) 

PIA Last Five Matches: L W (Avg Score For 115, Avg Score Against 107) 

 

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, Jagjit Singh

 

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, played a match winning knock of 33* off just 10 balls in the first game.

Vikas Kumar, big hitter, loves to cut and pull, scored a blistering 36-ball 72* in a man of the match performance to take his side home.

Noman Ali, fast bowler, looked lethal with extra pace troubling the batsmen, swings the ball away from right handers, and picked up a wicket.



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, scored a quickfire 22 in the first game.

Nicolo Fernando, all-rounder, big hitter, mustered 37 off 17 balls including four maximos, bowls lovely left-arm off spin and is a good fielder too!

Waleed Rana, all-rounder, classy RHB loves playing pull shots, looked in ominous touch scoring 56 from two games including 25-ball 48.

 

Proven over the longer 50over format, Pianoro are 15-time Italian champions but are making their competitive T10 debut, while Kings XI have the benefit of previous experience from the ECS last year.

 

Match Prediction: Kings XI (KIN-XI) to win at a canter.

 

 

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