MATCH 1 GERMANY (GER) v NORWAY (NOR) 0900 GMT | 1100 CEST | 1430 IST
GER Last Five Matches: W L W W W
NOR Last Five Matches: L L L L L
Captain: Venkatraman Ganesan
Wicketkeeper: Harish Srinivasan
Projected Top Four: Vijayshankar Chikkannaiah, Abdul-Shakoor Rahimzei, Venkatraman Ganesan, Harmanjot Singh
Projected Opening Bowlers: Sajid Liaqat, Nooruddin Mujadady
Spin Options: Vishnu Bharati, Ghulam Rasul Ahmadi, Venkatraman Ganesan.
GERMANY Key Players:
Venkatraman Ganesan, solid top-order batsman and captain, who plays for Dusseldorf Blackcaps. He is also a handy off-spinner. He has played six T20I matches after making his debut in 2019.
Sahil Naqash Experienced 31-year-old all-rounder who bowls medium pace and bats in the lower-order. He has played eight T20Is for Germany.
Harmanjot Singh, exciting top-order batsman, who also bowls medium pace. He has a highest score of 44* in T20Is and has played nine of them since his debut in 2019.
Vishnu Barathi, a tidy left-arm finger spinner. Picked up 3/21 in his last T20I appearance in 2020 against Spain.
Captain: Raza Iqbal
Wicketkeeper: Junaid Mehmood Hussain
Projected Top Four: Raza Iqbal, Ehtsham ul Haq, Waqas Ahmed, Junaid Mehmood Hussain
Projected Opening Bowlers: Faizan Mumtaz, Hashir Hussain
Spin Options: Bilal Safdar, Waqas Ahmed, Pritvhi Bhart, Raza Iqbal
NORWAY Key Players:
Raza Iqbal, the Norway captain is a brilliant all-rounder, who played a key role in helping Norway top the Group C of 2018 ICC T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier. He made 125 runs and took 9 wickets at an economy of 3.35 in the tournament. In the Regional qualifiers in 2020, he took five wickets with his left-arm wrist spin.
Faizan Mumtaz, the aggressive right-arm quick and lower-order batter played a key role in the 2018 ICC T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier, but is yet to play an international T20I after Norway's matches got ICC recognition.
Pritvhi Bhart, right arm wrist spin bowler, Bhart gets good flight and turn and was very economical the last time these teams met. His three overs leaked just 12 runs then. The all-rounder has played five T20Is till date.
Norway look to break a losing streak of five matches while Germany look to start the tri-series, that is staged in their backyard in Krefeld, with a win
Match Prediction:Hosts Germany are a decent side with experienced players and favourites on home soil to beat Norway in the opening T20I.
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