MATCH 4 GERMANY (GER) v FRANCE (FRA) 0900 GMT | 1100 CEST | 1430 IST
GER Last Five Matches: W W W L W W
FRA Last Two Matches: W L
Captain: Venkatraman Ganesan
Wicketkeeper: Harish Srinivasan
Projected Top Four: Vijayshankar Chikkannaiah, Abdul-Shakoor Rahimzei, Venkatraman Ganesan, Rohit 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. Warmed up with an unbeaten 15 in the first game of the series to take his side to victory. He was impactful with the ball on day two, picking up two wickets against France.
Ghulam Rasul Ahmadi, tidy left-arm finger spinner with neat variations, picked up a four-wicket haul, leaking just five runs, in a sensational spell in the opening game against Norway in the Tri-series.
Rohit 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. He was the main architect in Germany's win over France on day two, scoring a brilliant unbeaten 68 of the 97 runs in the run chase.
Captain: Usman Shahid
Wicketkeeper: Hevit Alodin Jackson
Projected Top Four: Noman Amjad, Usman Shahid, Usman Riaz Khan, Junaid Ahamed
Projected Opening Bowlers: Mustafa Omer, Rahmatullah Mangal
Spin Options: Usman Shahid, Ibrahim Jabarkhel, Mobashar Hussain Ashraf
FRANCE Key Players:
Usman Riaz Khan, hugely-talented batsman, who is the fourth-highest run-getter in 2021 in all cricket under the France Cricket Governing Body. Averaging 62.6, Usman smashed a highest score of 62* in four matches this year. He top-scored with 25 on day two against Germany.
Usman Shahid, captain and top-order batsman, made 151 runs at 37.75 and strike-rate of 138.53 in 2021. Plays for the Paris Universite Club. He picked up a wicket with the ball against Norway and played a handy role at the top in a solid opening partnership that paved the way for France's win. The skipper picked up a three-wicket haul with the ball, taking the new ball against Germany on day two.
Santhirakumaran Suventhiran, a tidy batsman with crisp stroke-play, made 254 runs with a highest-score of 75 in 2020 in cricket under France's governing body. He started the tri-series in good touch with a solid 34 from the top followed by a useful 21 against Germany.
France will look to get back at Germany on day three after copping a loss on day two.
Match Prediction: Hosts Germany have started the series in style and will look to keep their unbeaten record intact.
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