MATCH 1 (SCW21.001) SPORTING ALFAS (SPA) v MINHAJ (MIN) 0700 GMT | 0900 CET | 1230 IST
SPA Last Five Matches: W W W W W (Avg Score For 114, Avg Score Against 84)
MIN Last Five Matches: L W W W W (Avg Score For 119, Avg Score Against 90)
SPORTING ALFAS (SPA)
Captain: Phill Pennick
Wicketkeeper: Awais Ahmed
Projected Top Four: Awais Ahmed, Christian Munoz-Mills, Jack Perman, Jamie Roper
Projected Opening Bowlers: Waqar Ashraf, Ahmad Jamshaid
Spin Options: Jack Perman
SPORTING ALFAS Key Players:
Awais Ahmed, a well established opening batter for Spain, has performed exceptionally well scoring 1227 runs in 51 ECN matches. He is a great asset behind the wickets as well.
Jack Perman, the Spanish International has been in tremendous form with the bat scoring heavily in the ECC. He top scored for SPA in the just concluded FanCode ECS Spain L’Alfas racking up 176 runs in eight games. He can also roll his arm and bowl some wrist spin.
Ahmad Jamshaid, the right arm medium pacer finished top wicket taker for SPA in theFanCode ECS Spain L’Alfas picking up EIGHT wickets. He returned tournament best figures of 5-5 vs INT on Friday.
Christian Munoz-Mills, captain of Spanish National Team, a fine batter who scored over hundred runs in the ECC batting in the lower middle order. Looked in solid touch in the FanCode ECS Spain L’Alfas as well cracking 75 runs in three games.
Captain: Amar Shahzad
Wicketkeeper: Khizar Ali
Projected Top Order: Khizar Ali, Alumdar Hussain, Asjad Butt, Usman Mushtaq
Projected Opening Bowlers: Muhammad Riaz, Amar Shahzad
Spin Options: Alumdar Hussain, Usman Mushtaq
MINHAJ Key Players:
Asjad Butt, prolific run scorer, regularly going big in Barcelona events. Can clear the fence with ease and also chip in with useful wickets with the ball if needed. Has plenty of T10 experience racking up 783 runs in 29 ECS games mustering about 81% of his runs in boundaries.
Alumdar Hussain, the left handed opener has impressed in Barcelona events in the last two years. He has scored 294 ECS runs and can also bowl left arm medium pace, bringing variety to the MIN bowling lineup.
Usman Mushtaq, all-rounder, generally an anchor, he can play big shots if needed and is a handy off-spin bowler. He has scored 276 runs and picked up 10 wickets in 26 ECS matches.
Yasin Javaid, the right arm pacer finished as the leading wicket taker for Minhaj at ECS Barcelona earlier this year picking up 14 wickets in 10 matches with a best return of 3-6.
Sporting Alfas will be booming with confidence after winning the FanCode ECS L’Alfas. On the other hand, Minhaj haven't played competitive cricket in a while and lack match practice. Having said that, MIN are a far more experienced side and should get the job done.
Match Prediction: Minhaj (MIN) to win the tournament opener.
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