MATCH 10 (ECS21.517) VTU-MU PLEVEN (PLE) v INDO-BULGARIAN CC (INB) 0800 GMT | 1000 CET | 1330 IST
PLE Last Five Matches: W L (Avg Score For 84, Avg Score Against 71)
INB Last Five Matches: W W L W W (Avg Score For 130, Avg Score Against 98)
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 talent with 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. Looked good with the bat scoring 23 runs in the second game.
Nithin Sunil, the right hander also 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. Picked up three wickets on Tuesday with a man of the match performance of 2-4 vs Barbarians. Also scored most runs for PLE with 42 runs in two innings and is yet to be dismissed.
Apoorv Mishra scored an unbeaten 19 in the opening game to take his side home. The all-rounder also picked up two wickets on Tuesday.
Captain: Prakash Mishra
Wicketkeeper: Shafquat Khan
Projected Top Four: Hristo Lakov, Prakash Mishra, Sidhant Kulkarni, Rohit Dhiman
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. Picked up three wickets on Monday and scored 31 runs in two matches.
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. Started off on a positive note contributing with bat and ball in the opening game to bag man of the match honours.
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. Picked up a couple of wickets on Monday.
INB enjoyed a day off on Tuesday to refresh and face two meetings with MU Pleven. The debutants Pleven shared the spoils against Barbarians and a much tougher test here looms against unbeaten INB.
Match Prediction: Indo-Bulgarian CC (INB) to win at a canter.
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