GROUP C | 2ND QUALIFIER - MATCH 23 (ECC21.071) GERMANY (GER) v ITALY (ITA) 1200 GMT | 1400 CET | 1730 IST
GER Timeline: W L W L W W W L L (Avg Score For 100, Avg Score Against 105)
ITA Timeline: L L L L W W W W W (Avg Score For 109, Avg Score Against 100)
Captain: Rohit Singh
Wicket Keeper: Husnain Kabeer
Projected Top Order: Yasub Muhammad, Shoaib Azam, Rohit Singh, Husnain Kabeer
Projected Opening Bowlers: Zadran Nasrullah, Shahir Malikzai
Spin Options: Abdul Shakoor Rahimzei
Coach: Steve Knox
GERMANY Key Players:
Shoaib Azam, reliable opening batter, led Kummerfelder Sportverein to victory at FanCode ECS Germany Kiel earlier this year, took GER to victory with his scintillating knock of 44* off just 19 balls, has picked up SEVEN wickets with the ball and has scored a total of 105 runs.
Rohit Singh, star German International, has quite a few international records to his name, top scorer for GER racking up 231 runs and three man of the match awards in the process. Has also picked up SIX wickets.
Fayaz Nasseri, the right arm medium pacer was the most impressive bowler on day one of Group C action scalping SIX wickets in two games including 4-11 against a strong ENG XI batting lineup. Has continued in that vein, picking up a total of 13 wickets in seven games and has also mustered 115 runs at an impressive SR of 261.
Sreekesh Srinivas, right arm off-break bowler, has been consistent with the ball picking up SEVEN wickets in nine games with a best return of 3-17.
Captain: Baljit Singh
Wicket Keeper: Nisar Ahmed
Projected Opening Bowlers: Muhammad Imran, Ravi Paul, Amir Sharif
Spin Options: Adnan Muhammad, Jorawar Singh
Coach: KI Kamal
ITALY Key Players:
Baljit Singh, right arm medium pacer with good numbers in international T20. The experienced campaigner can also swing the bat hard. Third highest scorer for ITA racking up 140 runs in eight innings. Muscled a brilliant match winning 43* off 20 balls vs ENG XI to take his side to a first ECC win. Has also picked up SEVEN wickets.
Hassan Ahmad, hard hitting batter, played a vital role in Jinnah Brescia’s surge to the FanCode ECS Italy Brescia title earlier this year, third highest scorer for Italy racking up 91 runs in six innings.
Amir Sharif, right handed batter and right arm pacer, played for Fresh Tropical in the ECS, capable of swinging the ball away from the right hander at pace, top wicket taker in the tournament so far scalping 15 wickets including a best return of 4-19 vs GER in the opening game. Highest run scorer for ITA blasting 239 runs in nine games including 80* off just 26 balls in the Eliminator.
Jaspreet Singh, right arm medium pacer, has been good throughout the tournament picking up 10 wickets in seven games with a best return of 3-7 sv CZR.
Nisar Ahmed, wicket keeper batsman, has plenty of T10 experience playing in the ECS, second highest scorer for ITA racking up 141 runs in seven games including a match winning 51* off 22 vs CZR in the Eliminator.
Ravi Paul, left arm pacer, can swing the ball into the right hander and move it away with the angle, has good variations as well. Picked up 2-24 vs GER in the first game on Monday. Returned to the side on Thursday and bagged 4-7 against Germany in the last group stage game.
After losing their first four games, Italy have turned things around superbly winning the next five in dominant fashion including a 10-wicket victory over the Czechs earlier in the day. With momentum on their side, ITA will fancy their chances against the Germans. Germany are coming into this game on the back of two straight losses but will be keen to avenge previous loss and progress to Championship Week.
Last time they met: ECC21.068 | ITA 119 def GER 84 (30 Sep 2021)
Match Prediction: Italy (ITA) to rack up sixth consecutive victory and qualify for Championship Week.
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