Group B | MATCH 1 (ECC21.025) AUSTRIA (AUT) v ROMANIA (ROM) 0700 GMT | 0900 CET | 1230 IST
AUT Timeline: ECC DEBUT
ROM Timeline: ECC DEBUT
Captain: Razmal Shigiwal
Wicketkeeper: Abrar Bilal
Projected Opening Bowlers: Aqib Iqbal, Sahel Zadran
Spin Options: Sahel Zadran, Sahil Momin, Abdullah Akbarjan, Iqbal Hossain
AUSTRIA Key Players:
Abdullah Akbarjan, talented left-arm slow bowler with good pace variations, is generally very economical, scalped TWO HAT-TRICKS at FanCode ECS Austria Vienna. Also holds the record of bowling the joint second most economical spell in T20Is for players to have bowled a full quota of four overs giving away just four runs in four overs. He is a handy batsman too.
Zeeshan Goraya, a dependable top order batsman who can shift gears when needed, has racked up 412 runs in 17 ECS innings and also scalped 24 wickets.
Shahil Momin, slow left arm orthodox, very talented, has a good cricketing brain and is a decent batsman as well. Has scored 90 runs and picked up 11 wickets in six ECS games. The all-rounder also mustered 61 runs on his T20I debut against Belgium earlier this year.
Abrar Bilal, attacking batsman, likes to take charge early in his innings, has fairly impressive ECS numbers scoring 420 runs in 21 innings. He can keep wicket and also roll his arm over when needed.
ROMANIA Key Players:
Taranjeet Singh, the leading run-scorer in FanCode ECS Romania 2021 by a large distance, Taranjeet played for title winners Cluj and made 493 runs at an average of 54.77 and a breathtaking strike-rate of 273.88. He also finished as the second-highest wicket-taker with 12 wickets. In European Cricket Series Romania 2020 too, Taranjeet was a key player, finishing as the second-highest run-scorer and third-highest wicket-taker. A terrific all-rounder and the pillar of this Romanian side.
Gohar Manan, a top-order batsman for ACCB in FanCode ECS Romania, he finished as the second-highest run-scorer with 365 runs at an average of 40.55 and a strike-rate of 270.37. He once held the record for the quickest hundred in ECS history (off 29 balls). He had also finished as the highest run-getter in the European Cricket Series Romania 2020. Gohar is a huge part of the Romanian side and will be hoping to make a huge impact.
Ramesh Satheesan, batting all-rounder and skipper, he was the leading wicket-taker at FanCode ECS Romania 2021 with 15 wickets at an average of 9.93. He also figured in the top five run-scorers list and will be hoping to lead Romania to glory at the ECC21.
Pavel Florin, the Romanian superstar has the fifth-best strike-rate in T20 international cricket for bowlers with at least 10 wickets, picking up 15 wickets in 23.3 overs. He was also the leading wicket taker for Romania in the recently concluded Sofia Twenty20 picking up seven wickets.
The two sides last met in the Continental Cup in 2019 with Romania prevailing over Austria in a close contest. Ranked ahead of AUT, Romania are on a tremendous run of form and will be confident of making a positive start in the Group B curtain-raiser.
Match Prediction: Romania (ROM) to win an entertaining affair.
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