MATCH 7(ECS21.514) BARBARIANS (BAR) v VTU-MU PLEVEN (PLE) 1100 GMT | 1300 CET | 1530 IST
BAR Last Five Matches: L W L L NR (Avg Score For 78, Avg Score Against 138)
PLE Last Five Matches: ON ECS DEBUT
Captain: Dimo Nikolov
Wicketkeeper: Hristo Ivanov
Projected Top Four: Dimo Nikolov, Mohammad Fayyaz, Hristo Ivanov, Boiko Ivanov
Projected Opening Bowlers: Mohammad Fayaz, Dimo Nikolov
Spin Options: Nikolay Nankov
Mohammad Fayaz, will bolster the Barbarian batting and bowling. Impressed for Indian Tuskers last term, top scoring with 289 runs. Top scorer for BAR on Monday scoring 39 runs in the only innings Barbarians batted.
Ivaylo Katzarski, key man for his side with bat and ball, had the second best bowling figures last season picking up 4-16 vs Indian Tuskers.
Dimo Nikolov, current national player and top order batsman, missed ECS Sofia last September but will be helping his team stand tall this time around.
Hristo Ivanov, wicket-keeper batsman, top scorer for Barbarians last summer racking up 84 runs.
Captain: Akshay Harikumar
Wicketkeeper: Nithin Sunil
Projected Top Four: Mukul Kadyan, Nithin Sunil, Akshay Harikumar, Aswad Khan
Projected Opening Bowlers: Apoorv Mishra, Aswad Khan
Spin Options: Jishnu Sivakumar, Amal Thomas
VTU-MU PLEVEN Key Players:
Akshay Harikumar, promising player who can both bat and ball. Impressed in the previous edition playing for Indian Tuskers. Racked up 130 runs and ended as top wicket taker for the Tuskers with SEVEN scalps to his name.
Nithin Sunil, the right hander played for Tuskers in the previous edition and ended up as the second highest scorer for his side amassing 131 runs.
Aswad Khan, opening bowler who will trouble the batsman with bouncers, can generate pace and bounce off the surface and will be hard to get away with.
Mukul Kadyan, star all-rounder, will open the innings for PLE, bowls fiery in-swingers with the ball.
Barbarians also seek their first win against debutants MU Pleven.
Familiar with the playing conditions from Monday, Barbarians’ best chance of victory will come in the first of the double-header, as Pleven will probably need a bit of time to get accustomed to the pitch.
Match Prediction: VTU-MU Pleven (PLE) to win a close encounter.
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