MATCH 17 (ECC21.017) NORWAY (NOR) v SPAIN (SPA) 0900 GMT | 1100 CET | 1430 IST
NOR Timeline: L L NR L W W (Avg Score For 127, Avg Score Against 115)
SPA Timeline: LW NR W W W (Avg Score For 117, Avg Score Against 98)
Captain: Raza Iqbal
Wicketkeeper: Suhail Iftikhar
Spin Options: Waqas Ahmed, Raza Iqbal, Pritvhi Bhart
NORWAY Key Players:
Raza Iqbal,the Norway captain is a brilliant all-rounder, who played a key role in helping Norway top Group C of 2018 ICC T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier. The opener scored a 26-ball 52 vs Spain in the second game and is the top scorer for NOR racking up 118 runs in five innings.
Walid Ghauri, left handed top order batsman, second highest scorer for NOR scoring 98 runs in four innings including an unbeaten 25-ball 57 vs BEL. Has also picked up three wickets.
Vinay Ravi, right arm fast bowler, has good speed and is capable of moving the ball both ways, joint top wicket taker in the tournament scalping SEVEN wickets with a best return of 2-8.
Hayatullah Niazi, a seriously talented cricketer who has been playing in England this summer. Caught the eye at ICC WT20 Europe Qualifier as a 17-year-old. Will be one of the fastest bowlers in the tournament and can give it a whack too. Second highest wicket taker for Norway scalping FIVE wickets. Can also give it a whack with the bat.
Captain: Christian Munoz-Mills
Wicketkeeper: Awais Ahmed
Projected Top Order: Awais Ahmed, Hamza Saleem, Yasir Ali, Asjad Butt,
Spin Options: Jack Perman, Yasir Ali
SPAIN Key Players:
Kuldeep Lal, has caught the eye in ECS comps over the last two seasons for his all-round performances. Joint top wicket taker for SPA scalping FIVE wickets in five games with a tournament best return of 3-6.
Hamza Saleem, Prodigiously talented all-rounder, who made his international debut in the Tri-Series victory over Germany. Can make things happen with the ball and a quality left-hand bat, who can clear the fence with ease. Second highest scorer for Spain racking up 101 runs in five innings including two man of the match awards, showcasing his exquisite hitting.
Awais Ahmed, destructive wicket keeper batsman, likes to take control of the game from ball one, highest scorer for SPA, racking up 107 runs in five innings including a quickfire 45 off 18 balls.
Zulqarnain Haider, right arm pacer, has been impressive with the ball bowling good lines, joint top wicket taker for Spain scalping FIVE wickets at an ER of 7.50.
Spain have rallied remarkably after an opening defeat and remain on course for a top two spot. However, Norway are the top ranked side in the Group, sitting in 39 in the ICC T20 Mens rankings, and can put a serious spanner in the Spanish team’s works.
Match Prediction: Norway (NOR) to continue the momentum and edge past Spain in a close contest.
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