MATCH 6 (ECC21.006) NORWAY (NOR) v SWEDEN (SWE) 0700 GMT | 0900 CET | 1230 IST
NOR Timeline: L L (Avg Score For 117, Avg Score Against 143)
SWE Timeline: W W (Avg Score For 126, Avg Score Against 113)
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. He made 125 runs and took nine wickets at an economy of 3.35 in the tournament. In the Regional qualifiers in 2020, he also bagged five wickets with his left-arm wrist spin. Naturally, top wicket taker for Norway in the recent Tri-Series with seven scalps. Scored a 26-ball 52 vs Spain in the second game.
Wahidullah Sahak, top-order batsman, took a definite liking to the Germany attack in Match 6 of the recent Tri-Series, smashing a half-century to guide Norway to the highest score in the series. Scored a total of 98 runs in four matches and scalped FOUR victims as well. Returned figures of 2-23 vs Sweden on Monday.
Mohammed Sher Sahak, a difference maker with both bat and ball who caught eye in the recent Tri-Series scoring 118 runs in five games at a decent strike rate of 137.20. Scalped two wickets on Monday.
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. Looked good with the bat scoring 20 off 11 vs Sweden.
Captain: Abhijit Venkatesh
Wicketkeeper: Ismaeel Zia
Spin Options: Azam Khalil, Oktai Gholami, Rahel Khan
SWEDEN Key Players:
Azam Khalil, experienced campaigner in this format who contributes with bat and ball. Tireless worker on behalf of Swedish and European Cricket who will enjoy his moment in the sun in this tournament. Has scored 344 runs and picked up 21 wickets in 19 ECS matches. Plundered 41 off just 12 balls vs Norway and also picked up three wickets.
Rahel Khan, a late call up who has seriously impressed with bat and ball in ECS cricket. Will be keen to take his chance on the big stage. The all-rounder has racked up 237 runs and picked up 23 wickets in 15 ECS matches. Racked up 40 runs in two games at a SR of 211.
Khalid Zahid, right arm pacer who can generate good speed, generally very tight with his line and lengths, top wicket taker for SWE on Monday with THREE victims.
Sami Rahmani, another top class all-rounder for Sweden, renowned for his power hitting and massive sixes. Can also keep it tight with the ball. Has mustered 195 runs at a SR of over 207 and has scalped 10 wickets in 17 ECS matches.
Share Ali, one of the fiercest attacking batsmen in the Swedish batting line up. Will be keen to get the Swedes off to a quick start with a total of 395 runs in 18 ECS games. Mustered a quality unbeaten 63 off 24 balls vs LUX on Monday.
Sweden surged to a sizzling start on the opening day with a couple of wins including a thrilling success over this morning’s opponents Norway. On the other hand, the Norwegians will be smarting after two defeats on Day One and will be gunning for revenge.
Match Prediction: Norway (NOR) to avenge Monday’s narrow defeat.
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