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Day 6 PREVIEW: FanCode ECS Austria Vienna – Matches 21 to 24

Saturday sees Salzburg, runners up at ECS Vienna last summer, set for a triple-header of games. Salzburg’s game against Pakistan CC is a re-run of the ECS Vienna Final as the scramble continues for the key top four qualification spots.



Teams

VIA  Vienna Afghan (4-1, NRR+0.200)

INV  Indian Vienna (3-2, NR+0.660)

PKC  Pakistan CC (3-3, NRR+0.236)

VCC  Vienna CC (3-4, NRR+0.174)

VID  Vienna Danube (2-2-1, NRR+0.449)

BAA  Bangladesh Austria (2-3-1, NRR-1.934)

SAL  Salzburg (1-1, NRR+2.200)

CRCCricketers CC (1-3, NRR-1.005)

 

 

MATCH 21 (ECS21.265)

SALZBURG CC (VCC) v v BANGLADESH AUSTRIA (BAA)

0700 GMT | 0900 CET | 1230 IST



SAL Last Five Matches: W W L GBL W

BAA Last Five Matches:  NR L L W L



SALZBURG CC (SAL)

Captain: Mubashar Ali

Wicketkeeper: Abrar Bilal

Projected Top Four: Abrar Bilal, Zeeshan Goraya, Imran Asif, Muhammad Shahbaz

Projected Opening Bowlers: Zeeshan Goraya, Imran Asif

Spin Options: Mohammad Shahbaz, Mubashar Ali

 

SALZBURG CC Key Players:

Abrar Bilal - top scorer for Salzburg in their march to the ECS Vienna final last summer with 235 runs in 10 innings. Kept wicket on Friday as well.

Zeeshan Goraya - leading wicket taker for Salzburg at ECS Vienna with 13 victims, will also bat higher up in the tournament. Took four wickets in four overs on Friday with a best of 3-8.

Muhammad Shahbaz - starred for Austrian Tigers at ECN Austrian T10. Lovely left-hand bat, pleasing on the eye, 32 off 17 balls in the comfortable win over VCC. Can also grab vital wickets with his spin.



BANGLADESH AUSTRIA (BAA)

Captain: Rakib Islam

Wicketkeeper: Shahdath Khan

Projected Top Four: Iqbal Hossain, Hassan Ashfaq, Zayed Shahid, Uzzal Majumdar

Projected Opening Bowlers: Rahat Shahid, Tauqir Asif 

Spin Options: Gursevan Singh, Hassan Ashfaq, Iqbal Hossain

 

BANGLADESH AUSTRIA Key Players:

Hassan Ashfaq, classy opening batsman, looked solid with the bat so far without posting a really big score. A best of 43 off 28 balls in his total of 109 runs in six knocks.

Iqbal Hossain, will open the batting for BAA, racked up 64 runs from four games at ECN Austrian T10, scalped three wickets in an abandoned match giving away just seven runs in his two overs. Second leading tournament run scorer with 180 in six knocks bagging back to back man of the match performances on Thursday with some murderous hitting.

Gursevan Singh, right arm spin bowler, leading wicket taker for his side with nine victims in 12 wily overs of spinning his web of deceit.




Match Prediction:  Salzburg showed their class against the hosts Vienna CC, recovering from a bitter Golden Ball defeat to VIA on their first outing. Now that SAL are familiar with the conditions, Salzburg can win this comfortably, particularly if openers Hassan Ashfaq and Iqbal Hossain are dismissed promptly.

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MATCH 22 (ECS21.266)

CRICKETER CC (CRC) v INDIAN VIENNA (INV)

0900 GMT | 1100 CET | 1430 IST

 

CRC Last Five Matches: L W L L L

INV Last Five Matches:  L W W L W L



CRICKETER CC (CRC)

Captain: Bilal Zalmai

Wicketkeeper: Basheer Ahamadzari

Projected Top Four: Bilal Zalmai, Jaweed Zadran, Abdulwaseed Basit, Baseer Khan

Projected Opening Bowlers: Mohammad Waqar Zalmai, Baseer Khan

Spin Options: Bilal Zalmai

 

CRICKETER CC Key Players:

Bilal Zalmai, captain, big hitting all-rounder, top scorer for Pakistan CC at ECS Vienna last summer racking up 338 runs at a strike rate of 266 including 26 maximos, also picked up seven wickets. Man of the match in his side’s only victory with 55, 97 runs in four knocks.. Will need to step it up for his side to progress.

Mohammad Waqar Zalmai, top wicket taker for his side at ECN Austria T10 scalping seven wickets from four matches with a best return of 4-7. Leading bowler for his side here again with three wickets in four overs. 

Baseer Khan, best of the Cricketer CC fast bowling battery with four wickets so far, also added useful runs with the bat, outshining his captain with 122 in four knocks.

 

INDIAN VIENNA (INV)

Captain: Kunal Joshi

Wicketkeeper: Mehar Cheema

Projected Top Four: Kumud Jha, Mehar Cheema, Kunal Joshi, Abhishek Gopalkrishnan

Projected Opening Bowlers: Ahmad Ghani, Kunal Joshi

Spin Options: Kumud Jha, Daud Zadran

 

INDIAN VIENNA Key Players:

Kumud Jha, lovely spin bowler, top wicket taker at ECS Vienna last summer with 15 scalps, can chip in some quick runs with the  bat too. Just three wickets this campaign as batsmen show him a lot of respect, taking chances at the other end.

Mehar Cheema, wk and opening bat has looked in good nick with 166 runs in five knocks, including a brace of man-of-the-match awards.

Daud Zadran, top all-rounder in the Indian Vienna side at ECN Austria T10 scoring over fifty runs and picking up four wickets. Already bagged five wickets in six overs this time around.

Kunal Joshi, captain, all-rounder, mustered 204 runs from 10 matches atECS Vienna last summer. Six wickets in eight overs this campaign.



Cricketer CC have lost three in a row to slip to the bottom of the standings and face Indian Vienna who have shown they are a decent; solid outfit. Shadnan Khan will not be available till Monday, which is a real downer for CRC. Alot rests on the shoulders of captain Bilal Zalmai for CRC and if he fires, Cricketer CC have a decent chance of victory.



Match Prediction: Cricketer CC (CRC) to edge a close encounter.

 

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MATCH 23 (ECS21.267)

PAKISTAN CC (PKC) v SALZBURG (SAL)

 

PKC Last Five Matches: W L L W W

SAL Last Five Matches: W W L GBL W

 

 

PAKISTAN CC (PKC)

Captain: Arsalan Arif

Wicketkeeper: Arsalan Arif, Amir Naeem

Projected Top Four: Naveed Sadiq, Amir Naeem, Aqib Iqbal, Mirza Ahsan

Projected Opening Bowlers: Naveed Sadiq, Aqib Iqbal

Spin Options: Adal Afzal, Mirza Ahsan

 

PAKISTAN CC Key Players:

Naveed Sadiq, started in impressive fashion with both bat and ball with a man-of-the-match display on the opening day. Tournament leading wicket taker with 10 victims in 12 overs of nagging medium pace.

Sikander Hayat, all-rounder, clever leg spin bowler, top wicket taker for PKC on their march to the ECS Vienna title with 11 victims in as many overs, can hit sixes at will. Man of the match in the key win over Indian Vienna.

Arsalan Arif, captain,top run scorer for his side at ECN Austrian T10 with 100 runs in four innings at a strike rate of 200 including 11 maximos.

Aqib Iqbal, impressed for Austrian Cricket Tigers at ECN Austrian T10, could be a big performance around the corner.



SALZBURG CC (SAL)

Captain: Mubashar Ali

Wicketkeeper: Abrar Bilal

Projected Top Four: Abrar Bilal, Zeeshan Goraya, Imran Asif, Muhammad Shahbaz

Projected Opening Bowlers: Zeeshan Goraya, Imran Asif

Spin Options: Mohammad Shahbaz, Mubashar Ali

 

SALZBURG CC Key Players:

Abrar Bilal - top scorer for Salzburg in their march to the ECS Vienna final last summer with 235 runs in 10 innings. Kept wicket on Friday as well.

Zeeshan Goraya - leading wicket taker for Salzburg at ECS Vienna with 13 victims, will also bat higher up in the tournament. Took four wickets in four overs on Friday with a best of 3-8.

Muhammad Shahbaz - starred for Austrian Tigers at ECN Austrian T10. Lovely left-hand bat, pleasing on the eye, 32 off 17 balls in the comfortable win over VCC. Can also grab vital wickets with his spin.

 

Last time they met: SCORECARD ECS VIENNA FINAL 2020

 

A re-run of the final from last summer when Pakistan CC edged a close encounter after a dramatic Salzburg collapse. Another tight game is in store between two sides with plenty to play for.

 

Match Prediction: For Pakistan CC (PKC) this is a must-win game with their top 4 qualification hopes hanging by a thread.

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MATCH 24 (ECS21.268)

SALZBURG (SAL) V INDIAN VIENNA (INV)

1300 GMT | 1500 CET | 1830 IST

 

SAL Last Five Matches: W W L GBL W

INV Last Five Matches:  L W W L W L

 

SALZBURG CC (SAL)

Captain: Mubashar Ali

Wicketkeeper: Abrar Bilal

Projected Top Four: Abrar Bilal, Zeeshan Goraya, Imran Asif, Muhammad Shahbaz

Projected Opening Bowlers: Zeeshan Goraya, Imran Asif

Spin Options: Mohammad Shahbaz, Mubashar Ali

 

SALZBURG CC Key Players:

Abrar Bilal - top scorer for Salzburg in their march to the ECS Vienna final last summer with 235 runs in 10 innings. Kept wicket on Friday as well.

Zeeshan Goraya - leading wicket taker for Salzburg at ECS Vienna with 13 victims, will also bat higher up in the tournament. Took four wickets in four overs on Friday with a best of 3-8.

Muhammad Shahbaz - starred for Austrian Tigers at ECN Austrian T10. Lovely left-hand bat, pleasing on the eye, 32 off 17 balls in the comfortable win over VCC. Can also grab vital wickets with his spin.



INDIAN VIENNA (INV)

Captain: Kunal Joshi

Wicketkeeper: Mehar Cheema

Projected Top Four: Kumud Jha, Mehar Cheema, Kunal Joshi, Abhishek Gopalkrishnan

Projected Opening Bowlers: Ahmad Ghani, Kunal Joshi

Spin Options: Kumud Jha, Daud Zadran

 

INDIAN VIENNA Key Players:

Kumud Jha, lovely spin bowler, top wicket taker at ECS Vienna last summer with 15 scalps, can chip in some quick runs with the  bat too. Just three wickets this campaign as batsmen show him a lot of respect, taking chances at the other end.

Mehar Cheema, wk and opening bat has looked in good nick with 166 runs in five knocks, including a brace of man-of-the-match awards.

Daud Zadran, top all-rounder in the Indian Vienna side at ECN Austria T10 scoring over fifty runs and picking up four wickets. Already bagged five wickets in six overs this time around.

Kunal Joshi, captain, all-rounder, mustered 204 runs from 10 matches atECS Vienna last summer. Six wickets in eight overs this campaign.

 

A decent Salzburg side will be looking to go deep in the competition again. Salzburg only succumbed to Pakistan CC after a major collapse in theEuropean Cricket Series Vienna final last summer. This is Indian Vienna’s final match of the first round robin, INV will know exactly what result they need to reach the top 4.

 

Match Prediction: Salzburg will have eased into the tournament and know the conditions by now. This really is too close to call, a preference is given to Salzburg, especially if batting first and posting 95+.

 

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