Group C | MATCH 1 (ECC21.049) ITALY (ITA) v GERMANY (GER) 0700 GMT | 0900 CET | 1230 IST
ITA Timeline: ECC DEBUT
GER Timeline: ECC DEBUT
Captain: Baljit Singh
Wicket Keeper: Nisar Ahmed
Projected Opening Bowlers: Muhammad Imran, Ravi Paul, Amir Sharif
Spin Options: Adnan Muhammad, Jorawar Singh
ITALY Key Players:
Simranjit Singh, classical batter, plays the straight drive and pull shot very well, can up the ante whenever required. Was the main man at FanCode ECS Italy Bologna earlier this year, top scoring for Kings XI hammering 228 runs in seven innings at a SR of 245, including an unbeaten 88 off 25 balls to take his side to an unlikely victory.
Janaka Waas, aggressive batter, doesn’t take any time to get going, muscling 128 runs in eight innings at FanCode ECS Italy Brescia this season. He was also top wicket taker for his side picking up 10 wickets at an ER of just 5.50 including a best return of 4-9 in the Final.
Baljit Singh, right arm medium pacer with good numbers in international T20 scalping 12 wickets in eight matches at an economy rate of 5.52. The experienced campaigner can also swing the bat hard scoring 340 runs in 13 ECS matches at a SR of 193.
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. Leading wicket taker at European Cricket Series November 2020 scalping 16 wickets in eight games. He also picked up SIX wickets in five games at FanCode ECS Italy Milan earlier this year.
Hassan Ahmad, hard hitting batter, played a vital role in Jinnah Brescia’s surge to the FanCode ECS Italy Brescia title amassing 274 runs in nine innings at an average of 54.80 and a SR of over 194.The talented left hander also featured in ECL19 for Janjua Brescia and at Dream11 European Cricket Series St Gallen 2020 where he was second highest run scorer in the tournament racking up 230 runs in eight innings.
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
GERMANY Key Players:
Shoaib Azam, reliable opening batter, led Kummerfelder Sportverein to victory at FanCode ECS Germany Kiel earlier this year, scoring 248 runs in 11 games at a SR of 194. He can also roll his arm over and chip in with a few wickets.
Rohit Singh, star German International, has quite a few international records to his name, has ZERO ducks in international cricket scoring 326 runs in 16 T20I innings. He led Britannia CC to a memorable win at FanCode ECS Germany Dresden earlier this season. He has plundered 435 runs in 20 ECS games at an average of 43.50 and a SR of 233.
Abdul Shakoor Rahimzei, right handed batter and right arm off-break bowler, brings a lot of value to this German side, has played 17 T20Is scoring 196 runs and picking up EIGHT wickets.
Husnain Kabeer, talented wicket keeper batter, made his T20I debut earlier this year against Norway. He has played nine ECS games scoring 196 runs at a strike rate of 204.
Mahela Daub, the 22-year old is classy top order batter, has represented the German U19 side, featured for Budapest Blinders at FanCode ECS Hungary scoring 106 runs in eight innings. Can also deliver some deceptive off breaks.
A classic meeting in European sport awaits as Italy and Germany get us underway in Group C. Both sides are not quite at full strength, yet boast numerous quality players who have impressed in ECS in the last two years.
Match Prediction: Italy (ITA) to win a thrilling opening Group C game.
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