CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK | MATCH 4 (ECC21.076) NETHERLANDS XI (NED XI) v ITALY (ITA) 1300 GMT | 1500 CET | 1830 IST
NED XI Group Stage Timeline: W W W W W W L W NR W (Avg Score For 130, Avg Score Against 92)
ITA Group Stage Timeline: L L L L W W W W W W L (Avg Score For 112, Avg Score Against 98)
NETHERLANDS XI (NED XI)
Captain: Sebastiaan Braat
Wicketkeeper: Ratha Alphonse
Coach: Pierce Fletcher
NETHERLANDS XI Key Players:
Sebastiaan Braat, skipper with six T20 international matches to his name. A dynamic, fast bowling all-rounder with vast experience facing top quality opposition. Hasn’t enjoyed much opportunity to impress with the bat, but has managed 129 runs in nine innings at a SR of 235. Has picked up 11 wickets with the ball including a best return of 3-10.
Boris Gorlee, young, up and coming talent, has represented the Dutch under-19 team, mustered an unbeaten 55 off 29 balls to bag his first man of the match award vs Romania. Third highest scorer for NED XI racking up 172 runs in eight innings.
Musa Nadeem Ahmad, star batsman, the left hander is the second highest run scorer for NED XI hammering 196 runs in nine knocks at a strike rate of 228. Has also picked up a couple of wickets and is a good outfielder.
Clayton Floyd, talented all-rounder and canny left-arm spinner. Mustered 115 off just 35 balls vs Romania in Week 2 racking up an historic first ever T10 international hundred. His knock included 15 towering maximos. Top scorer for NED XI amassing 245 runs in eight innings and is the joint top wicket taker for his side picking up 12 wickets.
Julian De Mey, slow left arm orthodox, highly effective in the middle overs, joint top wicket taker for NED XI scalping 12 wickets in 10 games including a best return of 3-12.
Ryan Klein, right arm fast bowler, became only the second bowler to take a T10 international HAT-TRICK - scalping 3-14 vs Austria. Has taken a total of EIGHT wickets in nine games.
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
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 211 runs in 10 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 NINE wickets.
Amir Sharif, right handed batter and right arm pacer, capable of swinging the ball away from the right hander at pace, top wicket taker in the tournament so far scalping 17 wickets including a best return of 4-19 vs GER in the opening game. The all-rounder is also the second highest run scorer in the tournament blasting 324 runs in 11 games including 80* off just 26 balls in the Eliminator and 57* off 24 in the second qualifier.
Jaspreet Singh, right arm medium pacer, has been good throughout the tournament picking up 13 wickets in nine games with a best return of 3-7 sv CZR.
Nisar Ahmed, wicket keeper batsman, has plenty of T10 experience playing in the ECS, third highest scorer for ITA racking up 164 runs in nine games including a match winning 51* off 22 vs CZR in the Eliminator.
Italy face a tough challenge against Group B winners Netherlands XI. ITA are in tremendous form though and will take confidence from their massive win against ENG XI last week.
A strong Dutch outfit on the other hand, will be keen on finishing the opening day of Championship Week on a high and should have enough fire-power to stop an in-form ITA side.
Match Prediction: Netherlands XI (NED XI) to edge a narrow win.
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