MATCH 1 (ECS21.508) INDO-BULGARIAN CC (INB) v ACADEMIC - MU SOFIA (MUS) 0600 GMT | 0800 CET | 1130 IST
INB Last Five Matches: W L W W L (Avg Score For 136, Avg Score Against 88)
MUS Last Five Matches: W W W L W (Avg Score For 131, Avg Score Against 107)
Captain: Prakash Mishra
Wicketkeeper: Shafquat Khan
Projected Top Four: Hristo Lakov, Prakash Mishra, Sidhant Kulkarni, Agagyul Ahmadhel
Projected Opening Bowlers: Hristo Lakov, Rohit Singh
Spin Options: Bakhtiar Tahiri
INDO-BULGARIAN CC Key Players:
Hristo Lakov, the opener was the second highest run scorer for INB in the last edition, racking up 314 runs at a strike rate of 195, including three fifty plus scores.
Prakash Mishra, captain, was joint leading wicket taker for his side last summer scalping NINE victims. He also mustered 84 runs at a SR of 200! Also skippers the Bulgaria national team.
Deep Singh, a passionate and enthusiastic fast bowler, scalped SEVEN wickets last summer and mustered 75 runs off 26 balls in the only innings he batted.
Rohit Singh is the most improved bowler in the INB side and is given the responsibility to open the bowling for his side. He picked up three wickets last summer.
Captain: Ishan De Silva
Wicketkeeper: Omar Rasool
Projected Top Four: Omar Rasool, Ishan De Silva, Firas Hussain, Kevin D’Souza
Projected Opening Bowlers: Huzaif Yousuf, Ali Rasool
Spin Options: Firas Hussain
ACADEMIC - MU SOFIA Key Players:
Ishan De Silva, leading run scorer for MU-Sofia in the 2020 season - 546 runs! Scored his maiden International T20 century for the Bulgaria vs Serbia - 100* which is the 11th highest ever by a number 3 batsman.
Kevin D’Souzacaught the eye last season with an impressive knock of 67 off 20 balls vs Indo-Bulgarian CC to win the game. Amassed a total of 198 runs at a strike rate of 257! He is the best power hitter in the MUS side.
Albin Jacob, another Bulgarian international looking to make an impact, especially with the ball, is termed as “death bowler” by his teammates for his ability to keep the batsmen guessing with his variations. Picked up NINE wickets last summer with a best return of 4-11.
Omar Rasoolhas played cricket in the Leinster Senior Division 1 in Ireland. Has the ability to rotate the strike and can clear the ropes when needed. If not wicketkeeping, can also bowl leg spin.
Ashbel Nicson, a very skilled left handed batsman, represented Yorkshire from U12s-15s. Has the ability to score runs under pressure.
Nikhil Oliviera nailed the most boundaries (28) for his side last term, scored 204 runs in eight innings - second highest for MUS.
Two evenly matched sides face off on the opening day. These two sides finished top of the group standings last term with identical 6-2 records and two entertaining matches are in prospect to kick off the tournament.
Last time they met: MUS 147(9.5) def INB 144 (8 Sep 2020)
Match Prediction: Academic - MU Sofia to start off their campaign with a win.