MATCH 18 (ECS21.525) BARBARIANS (BAR) v INDO-BULGARIAN CC (INB) 0800 GMT | 1000 CET | 1330 IST
BAR Last Five Matches: NR L W L L (Avg Score For 56, Avg Score Against 92)
INB Last Five Matches: W W W W W (Avg Score For 119, Avg Score Against 95)
Captain: Dimo Nikolov
Wicketkeeper: Hristo Ivanov
Projected Top Four: Dimo Nikolov, Mohammad Fayyaz, Hristo Ivanov, Ivan 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 scoring 61 runs in five innings, with a couple of wickets as well.
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. Took his side to their maiden victory of the season with a blistering 10-ball 22 on Tuesday. Has racked up 55 runs and picked up three wickets.
Nikolay Nankov, the right arm off-spinner has looked better than his teammates picking up three wickets so far.
Captain: Prakash Mishra
Wicketkeeper: Shafquat Khan
Projected Top Four: Hristo Lakov, Prakash Mishra, Rohit Dhiman, Sidhant Kulkarni
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. Looked good on Thursday scoring an unbeaten 37 vs PLO, he is also making significant contributions with the ball picking up FIVE wickets in six games.
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. He is currently leading the scoring sheets with 203 runs at an SR of 205 including two fifties. Has also picked up EIGHT wickets.
Rohit Dhiman has impressed in his debut ECS season. The medium pacer has consistently bowled in good channels and been rewarded with FIVE wickets. Has also racked up 81 runs with the bat.
Barbarians face a seriously uphill task against table toppers Indo-Bulgarian CC who have cruised to six consecutive victories and are yet to be beaten in this edition. INB look set to go unbeaten in the group stage unless BAR can work some magic to outclass their rivals.
Last time they met: INB 178 def BAR 49 (10 Sep 2020)
Match Prediction: Indo-Bulgarian CC (INB) to win with plenty to spare.
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