FRANCE (FRA) v NORWAY (NOR) 1330 GMT | 1530 CEST | 1900 IST
FRA Last Two Matches: W L
NOR Last Five Matches: L L L L L
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.
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. He was tidy with the ball against Germany and made a solid 24 against France in their first fixture of the series.
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 winless streak after two losses on day one of the tri-series.
Match Prediction: France to complete a second win in the series against winless Norway.
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