CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK | MATCH 9 (ECC21.081) SPAIN (SPA) v AUSTRIA (AUT) 1300 GMT | 1500 CET | 1830 IST
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 62, Avg Score Against 153)
AUT Group Stage Timeline: W W L W L W W W NR W L (Avg Score For 121, Avg Score Against 111)
AUT Championship Week Timeline: L (Avg Score For 137, Avg Score Against 171)
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 12 wickets in 12 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 240 runs in 12 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.
Awais Ahmed, destructive wicket keeper batter, likes to take control of the game from ball one, third highest scorer for SPA racking up 179 runs in 12 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 11 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 189 runs in 10 innings.
Captain: Razmal Shigiwal
Wicketkeeper: Abrar Bilal
Projected Opening Bowlers: Aqib Iqbal, Sahel Zadran
Spin Options: Sahel Zadran, Sahil Momin, Iqbal Hossain
Coach: Marcel Biersteker
AUSTRIA Key Players:
Razmal Shigiwal, hard hitting batter, started off Week 2 with a bang plundering 96 runs in just 28 balls including 11 HUGE maximos against Romania. Scored a valiant 78* off 31 vs BEL on Monday. Highest scorer for Austria mustering 304 runs in 10 innings.
Iqbal Hossain, aggressive opening batter, second highest scorer for AUT, hammered 299 runs in 11 innings including a blistering 64* off 29 balls vs HUN. Has bagged three player of the match awards.
Aqib Iqbal, young, energetic fast bowler, capable of swinging the ball in the air and off the deck, second highest wicket taker for AUT picking up NINE wickets with a best return of 3-4.
Bilal Zalmai, the hard hitting opening batter has been included in the Austria side for the Championship Week to boost the AUT batting. The all-rounder has amassed 618 runs at a SR of 206 and picked up 12 wickets in 22 ECS matches.
Coming into this encounter, both teams will probably be winless (in Championship Week) and be desperately eyeing a win here to get off the mark.
Match Prediction: Austria (AUT) to trump Spain.
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