CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK | ELIMINATOR 2 - MATCH 19 (ECC21.091) ITALY (ITA) v SPAIN (SPA) 1300 GMT | 1500 CET | 1830 IST
ITA Group Stage Timeline: L L L L W W W W W W L (Avg Score For 112, Avg Score Against 98)
ITA Championship WeekTimeline: L L W L W (Avg Score For 108, Avg Score Against 111)
SPA Group StageTimeline: LW NR W W W L W L W L (Avg Score For 119, Avg Score Against 113)
SPA Championship Week Timeline: L L L L W W (Avg Score For 98, Avg Score Against 141)
Captain: Baljit Singh
Wicket Keeper: Nisar Ahmed
Projected Top Order: Rajmani Sandhu,Nisar Ahmed, Amir Sharif, Baljit Singh
Projected Opening Bowlers: Muhammad Imran, Ravi Paul, Amir Sharif
Spin Options: Jorawar Singh, Damith Kosala
Coach: Kamal Kariyawasama Indipolage
ITALY Key Players:
Baljit Singh, right arm medium pacer with good numbers in international T20. The experienced campaigner can also swing the bat hard. Second highest scorer for ITA racking up 288 runs in 15 innings. Muscled a brilliant match winning 43* off 20 balls vs ENG XI to take his side to a first ECC win. Mustered 62* off 19 in the Group C Final against ENG XI again. Has also picked up 10 wickets.
Amir Sharif, right handed batter and right arm pacer, capable of swinging the ball away from the right hander at pace, has scalped 17 wickets including a best return of 4-19 vs GER in the opening game. The all-rounder is also the leading run scorer in the tournament blasting 433 runs in 16 games including 80* off just 26 balls in the Eliminator and 57* off 24 in the second qualifier in week three.
Jaspreet Singh, right arm medium pacer, has been good throughout the tournament picking up 16 wickets in 12 games with a best return of 3-7 sv CZR.
Nisar Ahmed, wicket keeper batter, has plenty of T10 experience playing in the ECS, third highest scorer for ITA racking up 205 runs in 14 games including a match winning 51* off 22 vs CZR in the Eliminator.
Damith Kosala, wily left arm spinner, third highest wicket taker for ITA picking up 14 wickets including a HAT-TRICK against AUT on Wednesday.
Captain: Christian Munoz-Mills
Wicketkeeper: Awais Ahmed
Projected Top Order: Awais Ahmed, Hamza Saleem, Jack Perman, Yasir Ali
Spin Options: Jack Perman, Yasir Ali
Coach: Dave Gelling
SPAIN Key Players:
Kuldeep Lal, has caught the eye in ECS comps over the last two seasons for his all-round performances. Joint second highest wicket taker for SPA scalping 14 wickets in 16 games with a best return of 3-6. Scored an entertaining 46 off 20 balls opening the innings vs BEL to bag his first player of the match award of the tournament.
Hamza Saleem, Prodigiously talented all-rounder, who made his international debut in the recent T20 Series win over Germany. Can make things happen with the ball and is a quality left-hand bat who can clear the fence with ease. Top scorer for SPA racking up 389 runs in 16 innings including FOUR player of the match awards, showcasing his exquisite hitting. Plundered an unbeaten 65 off 28 balls vs Sweden in the second qualifier in week one. Has smashed FOUR fifties in the tournament - joining Sharm Gomes and Ali Raza.
Yasir Ali, consistently one of the best batsmen in Spain over the last decade and can chip in with vital wickets with the ball. The all-rounder struggled in the opening week but seems to have found his form back towards the business end of the tournament. The opener scored an unbeaten 46 off 28 balls vs AUT in the first eliminator.
Atif Mehmood, the left arm medium pacer is the death over specialist for Spain and has been very successful throughout the tournament picking up 14 wickets in 14 games.
Jack Perman, classy top order batter, impressed with his quick run-scoring ability in the opening week, second highest scorer for SPA racking up 272 runs in 14 innings.
Italy finished fourth after beating Austria in the final round robin game of the Championship Week. The hosts Spain have suddenly found their groove and are on a two match winning streak. SPA will look to carry that momentum forward and Italy might find it tough to stop the in-form Spanish side.
Last time they met: ECC21.079 | ITA 180 def SPA 84 (5 Oct 2021)
Match Prediction: Italy (ITA) to win a close contest and qualify for Finals Day Friday.
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