CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK | MATCH 14 (ECC21.086) BELGIUM (BEL) v SPAIN (SPA) 1300 GMT | 1500 CET | 1830 IST
BEL Group Stage Timeline: W W W W L W L L W W (Avg Score For 134, Avg Score Against 119)
BEL Championship Week Timeline: W W W (Avg Score For 161, Avg Score Against 119)
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 (Avg Score For 87, Avg Score Against 158)
Captain: Sheikh Sheraz
Wicketkeeper: Ali Raza
Projected Top Order: Aziz Mohammad, Muneeb Muhammad, Ali Raza, Sherry Butt, Saber Zakhil
Projected Opening Bowlers: Adnan Razzaq, Khalid Ahmadi
Coach: Abhijit Harikrishna Khan
BELGIUM Key Players:
Saber Zakhil, fearsome hitter, currently lies fourth in the world for sixes hit this year in T20i with 19 in seven matches. Highest scorer for BEL plundering 273 runs at a SR of 237 and deservedly bagged three player of the match awards. He can also chip in with crucial wickets in the middle overs and has picked up SEVEN wickets so far.
Aziz Mohammad, destructive right handed batter who has impressed in ECS tournaments in Spain last season and most recently in the Netherlands. Mustered 88 runs in six games at a sprightly SR of 282 in the opening week before being injured. The opener has looked in tremendous touch this week taking his total run tally to 232 runs in nine games.
Ali Raza, wicket keeper batter, very good behind the stumps and equally better in-front of it. Third highest scorer for BEL racking up 234 runs in 12 innings including a 21-ball 57 vs Sweden in first week and blasting 56 off 23 vs ENG XI on Tuesday.
Omid Rahimi, fearsome right handed batter, one of the best finishers in the tournament, has plundered 163 runs at a strike rate of over 236. Has scored about 86% of his runs in boundaries.
Adnan Razzaq, right arm pacer who has decent pace and is consistent with the ball. Highest wicket taker for his side scalping 13 wickets.
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. Third highest wicket taker for SPA scalping 13 wickets in 14 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 330 runs in 14 innings including three 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. Smashed another fifty vs AUT - 72* off 25 balls on Tuesday.
Awais Ahmed, destructive wicket keeper batter, likes to take control of the game from ball one, third highest scorer for SPA racking up 197 runs in 14 innings including a quickfire 45 off 18 balls vs Norway.
Zulqarnain Haider, right arm pacer, has been impressive with the ball bowling good lines. Second highest wicket taker for Spain scalping 13 wickets in 13 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 232 runs in 12 innings.
Hosts Spain have struggled to perform collectively, losing all four games so far and have no chance of finishing in the top four. That said, SPA must take confidence from the fact that they have beaten Belgium before and will be keen to do it again to take some sort of momentum with them into Super Thursday.
Last time they met: ECC21.024 | BEL 134 def SPA 107 (17 Sep 2021)
Match Prediction: Belgium (BEL) to stay unbeaten in Championship Week with an emphatic win.
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