MATCH 3 (ECC21.003) BELGIUM (BEL) v LUXEMBOURG (LUX) 1100 GMT | 1300 CET | 1630 IST
BEL Timeline: ECC DEBUT
LUX Timeline: ECC DEBUT
Captain: Sheraz Sheikh
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. Also recently broke the T20 World Record (with Raja Saqlain), posting an undefeated 132 for a 9th wicket stand in the series against Austria.
Aziz Mohammad, destructive right handed batsman who has impressed in ECS tournaments in Spain last season and most recently in the Netherlands. Has racked up 676 runs in 26 ECS games plundering over 84% of his runs in boundaries. Can also deliver useful wickets as a change bowler, picking up 19 ECS wickets.
Sefat Shagharai, produced some impressive spells in recent ECS history and likely to spearhead the Belgian attack.
Mamoon Latif, left-hander, clean striker of the ball with ultra-fast hands. Has scored 104 runs in 10 ECS games.
Sheraz Sheikh, captain who leads by example with bat and ball. The all-rounder showed immense talent with the ball vs Malta in the T20i series. Has scored 132 runs and picked up EIGHT wickets in 15 ECS games.
Captain: Tony Whiteman
Wicketkeeper: Akhilesh Kumar
Projected Top Order: Akhilesh Kumar, Thomas Martin, Roshan Vishwanath, Mohit Dixit
Projected Opening Bowlers: Raju Akulwar, Ansh Trivedi
Spin Options: Tony Whiteman, Harpal Virdee
LUXEMBOURG Key Players:
Tony Whiteman, experienced cricketer, who will lead the side. Classical batting technique, but able to clear the rope with consummate ease.
Roshan Vishwanath, another experienced cricketer who loves to keep his strike-rate above 150. Quick between the wickets and sets the standard in the field.
Thomas Martin, another strong hitter. Young gun with plenty of potential, will relish the step up to international level. Can clear the ropes with ease as well.
Raju Akulwar, natural outswing bowler. Nominated as an emerging cricketer in Luxembourg. Can do real damage with the new ball.
Ranked lowest in the ICC T20I rankings in Group A, Luxembourg make their ECC debut against a strong Belgian side who will be more familiar with the conditions having featured in the tournament opener. As a result, Belgium will start as strong favourites.
Match Prediction: Belgium (BEL) to win comfortably.
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