Group C | MATCH 19 (ECC21.067) CZECH REPUBLIC (CZR) v ENGLAND XI (ENG XI) 1300 GMT | 1500 CET | 1830 IST
CZR Timeline: W W W L L L (Avg Score For 98, Avg Score Against 114)
ENG XI Timeline: W W W W L W (Avg Score For 129, Avg Score Against 83)
CZECH REPUBLIC (CZR)
Captain: Arun Ashokan
Wicket Keeper: Hilal Ahmad
Coach: Alex Sirisena
Sudesh Wickramasekara, known as “The Beast” for his hard hitting abilities, joint World Record holder for fastest ton in T20Is off just 35 balls. Can also bowl gentle medium pacers. Highest scorer for CZR racking up 155 runs in six games, has bagged a couple of man of the match awards. He also scalped SIX wickets finishing joint top wicket taker for CZR.
Sabawoon Davizi, star all-rounder, vastly experienced in the T10 format, third highest wicket taker for CZR picking up FIVE wickets. The left hander has also scored 99 runs in six games.
Arun Ashokan, captain, classy opening batter, has looked good at the top of the order providing solid starts to his side, second highest scorer for CZR racking up 132 runs in six games including an unbeaten 75 off 28 balls vs FIN on Tuesday.
Satyajit Sengupta, the right arm medium pacer returned tournament best figures of 4-6 against Finland on Monday bettering the previous record of 4-10 by Azam Khalil and Abhishek Kheterpal. Top wicket taker for CZR scalping EIGHT wickets.
ENGLAND XI (ENG XI)
Captain: Dan Lincoln
Wicketkeeper: Dan Lincoln, Alex Mellor
Projected Top Four: Dan Lincoln, Harrison Ward, Tom Bevan, Alex Mellor
Projected Opening Bowlers: Zum Ahktar, Andy Rishton, Rich Edwards
Spin Options: Euan Woods, Alex Russell, Sam Pearce, Max Uttley, Tom Bevan
Coach: Tom Lambert
ENGLAND XI Key Players:
Sam Pearce, Wales captain and bowling all-rounder, he represented Glamorgan in the T20 Blast this summer and Royal London One Day Cup. Pearce also led Wales to the semi-finals of the NCCA fifty-overs competition this summer. Joint second highest wicket taker for ENG XI picking up SEVEN wickets including a man of the match return of 2-4.
Alex Mellor, the most experienced player in the side at 31 and a former Warwickshire CCC player. Second highest scorer for ENG XI racking up 127 runs in five games including a brilliant 70 off 26 balls vs CZR on Wednesday.
Harrison Ward, the hard hitting left handed batsman plays for Sussex CCC. Top scorer for ENG XI on plundering 144 runs in six games at a strike rate of 236.
Alex Russell, hugely talented leg spinner,academy graduate at Gloucestershire CCC, joint second highest wicket taker for ENG XI scalping SEVEN wickets at an ER of six including a best return of 3-4 vs GER.
Rich Edwards, right arm medium pacer and hard hitting lower order batsman, top wicket taker for ENG XI scalping EIGHT wickets. He has the best economy rate in the tournament so far conceding at just 4.90 runs per over.
Czech Republic have gone off the rails after starting off with three excellent wins. CZR will probably be coming into this game on the back of four straight losses and group C leaders England XI will be overwhelming favourites once again. But as Italy proved against England XI, anything is possible in T10 cricket.
Last time they met: ECC21.062 | ENG XI 165 def CZR 93 (29 Sep 2021)
Match Prediction: England XI (ENG XI) to rack up yet another comprehensive victory.
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