MATCH 18 (ECC21.042) PORTUGAL (POR) v ROMANIA (ROM) 1100 GMT | 1300 CET | 1630 IST
POR Timeline: L L L L L L (Avg Score For 88, Avg Score Against 123)
ROM Timeline: L L W L L W (Avg Score For 102, Avg Score Against 136)
Captain: Najjam Shahzad
Wicketkeeper: Francoise Stoman
Projected Opening Bowlers: Junaid Khan, Najjam Shahzad
Spin Options: Md Siraj Nipo, Amandeep Singh
PORTUGAL Key Players:
Najjam Shahzad, star all-rounder, dependable batsman who can anchor the innings very well, third highest scorer for POR with 56 runs in six knocks. He also picked up SIX wickets.
Amir Zaib, another valuable all-rounder with vast ECN experience. Top scorer for Portugal racking up 123 runs in six matches. Has also picked up SIX wickets with the ball.
Junaid Khan, very good with the bat and equally sharp with the ball, the left arm quick has looked lethal with the ball both at the start and in the death overs, joint top wicket taker for POR picking up EIGHT wickets in six games with a best return of 3-10 vs NED XI.
Sharn Gomez, classy left handed batsman, second highest run scorer for POR racking up 88 runs in six games.
Imran Khan, all-rounder, hasn’t fired with the bat but has been exceptionally well with the ball leading the wicket taking charts alongside Junaid Khan scalping EIGHT wickets in six games.
ROMANIA Key Players:
Taranjeet Singh, a terrific all-rounder and the pillar of this Romanian side. Didn't enjoy a good opening day failing in both matches but came good on Tuesday scoring a well compiled 59 off 27 balls vs Hungary. Top scorer for ROM with 129 runs in six games.
Sivakumar Periyalwar, experienced right handed batsman, has good technique and doesn’t shy away from challenges on the field, second highest scorer for ROM scoring 90 runs in six games.
Vasu Saini, handy all-rounder, equally capable with bat and ball, top wicket taker for ROM picking up SIX wickets in six games.
Gohar Manan, hard hitting batsman with a couple of centuries to his name, is a huge part of the Romanian side, has scored 76 runs in five games.
Satwik Nadigotla, wicket keeper batsman, played a crucial knock vs Portugal on Wednesday ensuring a top four finish for Romania. He mustered 52 off 24 balls and was awarded man of the match for his efforts.
Portugal shocked the previously unbeaten Netherlands XI in the earlier game for the mother of all upsets. Portugal stay alive in the tournament and need another win against Romania in this match and hope that ROM lose to Austria later in the day.
Last time they met: ECC21.039 | ROM 116 def POR 88 (22 Sep 2021)
Match Prediction: Romania (ROM) to win a close contest.
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