1ST QUALIFIER - MATCH 22 (ECC21.022) SPAIN (SPA) v BELGIUM (BEL) 0900 GMT | 1100 CET | 1430 IST
SPA Timeline: LW NR W W W L W (Avg Score For 117, Avg Score Against 109)
BEL Timeline: W W W W L W L L (Avg Score For 134, Avg Score Against 121)
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 EIGHT wickets in seven games with a best return of 3-6. Scored an entertaining 46 off 20 balls opening the innings on Thursday to bag his first man of the match award this season.
Hamza Saleem, Prodigiously talented all-rounder, who made his international debut in the recent T20 Series win over Germany. Can make things happen with the ball and a quality left-hand bat, who can clear the fence with ease. Highest scorer for Spain racking up 133 runs in seven innings including two man of the match awards, showcasing his exquisite hitting. Plundered 31 off 14 vs Belgium on Thursday.
Awais Ahmed, destructive wicket keeper batsman, likes to take control of the game from ball one, second highest scorer for SPA racking up 128 runs in seven innings including a quickfire 45 off 18 balls.
Zulqarnain Haider, right arm pacer, has been impressive with the ball bowling good lines. Joint second highest wicket taker for Spain scalping FIVE wickets at an ER of 8.70.
Thomas Vine, right arm medium pacer, only played four games but is joint leading wicket taker for Spain scalping SIX wickets and a best return of 3-24.
Captain: Sheikh Sheraz
Wicketkeeper: Ali Raza
BELGIUM Key Players:
Saber Zakhil, fearsome hitter, currently lies fourth in the world for sixes hit this year in T20i with 19 in seven matches. Third highest scorer for BEL plundering 107 runs and deservedly bagged back-to-back man of the match awards on the opening day.
Ali Raza, wicket keeper batsman, very good behind the stumps and equally better in-front of it. Top scorer for BEL racking up 121 runs in eight games including a 21-ball 57 vs Sweden on Thursday.
Shagharai Sefat, produced some impressive spells in recent ECS history, spearheads the Belgian attack. Top wicket taker for Belgium picking up SEVEN wickets. Returned best figures of 4-21 and blasted 28 off just nine balls to take his side to an emphatic victory over Sweden.
SheikhSheraz, captain who leads by example with bat and ball. Has played a few crucial knocks leading his side to victories mustering a total of 96 runs in the process.
Omid Rahimi, fearsome right handed batsman, one of the best finishers in the tournament, has plundered 113 runs at a strike rate of over 240. Has scored almost 87% of his runs in boundaries.
Adnan Razzaq, right arm pacer who has decent pace and is consistent with the ball. Joint second highest wicket taker for his side scalping FIVE wickets.
Both these sides shared the spoils with a win a piece in the group stages so it’s another meeting of two evenly-matched sides. Belgium started like a train but have lost three out of their last four, including the last match of the group stages late on Thursday. Spain, on the other hand, appear to have the momentum and can also count on home advantage.
Last time they met: ECC21.020 | SPA 135(9.2) def BEL 134 (16 Sep 2021)
Match Prediction: Belgium (BEL) to bounce back with a vital win.
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