MATCH 19 (ECS21.526) VTU-MU PLEVEN (PLE) v BSCU - MU PLOVDIV (PLO) 1000 GMT | 1200 CET | 1530 IST
PLE Last Five Matches: L L L L L (Avg Score For 86, Avg Score Against 110)
PLO Last Five Matches: NR L L L L (Avg Score For 91, Avg Score Against 96)
Captain: Akshay Harikumar
Wicketkeeper: Nithin Sunil
Projected Top Four: Akshay Harikumar, Aswad Khan, Mukul Kadyan, Nithin Sunil
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. Joint second highest wicket taker for his side with FIVE wickets to his name and has scored 81 runs. Was awarded man of the match on Thursday for his valiant effort of 32 not out vs MUS.
Tarun Yadav has racked up 101 runs in five innings and is the second highest run scorer for PLE. Has also scalped a couple of wickets.
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 FIVE wickets including a man of the match performance of 2-4 vs Barbarians. Has scored 109 runs top scoring for PLE.
Mukul Kadyan, star all-rounder, will open the innings for PLE, bowls fiery in-swingers. Is leading the wickets column for PLE with SIX wickets to his name at an ER of 7.20.
Captain: Saim Hussain
Wicketkeeper: Saim Hussain
Projected Top Four: Saim Hussain, Sulaiman Ali, Nabeel Javed, Junaid Farooq
Projected Opening Bowlers: Sulaiman Ali, Parth Acharya
Spin Options: Adithya Patnam
BSCU - MU PLOVDIV Key Players:
Saim Hussain, second leading run scorer last term with 376 runs and a best of 102 not out. Started off with a bang scoring an unbeaten 67 off just 21 balls. Has racked up a total of 178 runs in five innings at an SR of 193.
Sulaiman Ali, man of the match in the final with the trophy on the line hammering an unbeaten 98 off just 33 balls, scored exactly 300 runs in the tournament and picked up FIVE wickets with the ball as well. Finally came good with the bat smashing 73 off 38 balls on Thursday. Has been good with the ball as well picking up three wickets.
Parth Acharya, will take the new cherry for PLO, has good pace and gets plenty of lateral movement, has scalped three wickets so far.
Both the Medical University sides of Plovdiv and Pleven are without a win in their last five appearances and will be desperate to be on the right side of the results on Friday. Reigning champions PLO are placed third in the standings and are almost through to the playoffs, while newcomers PLE need at least a win to avoid elimination.
Match Prediction: Plovdiv to get over the line after four successive loss.
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