ELIMINATOR - MATCH 21 (ECS21.528) BSCU - MU PLOVDIV (PLO) v BARBARIANS (BAR) 0600 GMT | 0800 CET | 1130 IST
PLO Last Five Matches: L L L W W (Avg Score For 96, Avg Score Against 95)
BAR Last Five Matches: W L L W L (Avg Score For 66, Avg Score Against 99)
Captain: Saim Hussain
Wicketkeeper: Saim Hussain
Projected Top Four: Saleem Qureshi,Sulaiman Ali, Saim Hussain, Aamir Nakhuda
Projected Opening Bowlers: Sulaiman Ali, Ali Hussain
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 194 runs in six innings at an SR of 190 and is the second highest run scorer in the tournament.
Sulaiman Ali, finally came good with the bat smashing 73 off 38 balls on Thursday. Continued his good form on Friday with an unbeaten 43 to take his side home vs PLE. Is currently third on the top run scorers in the tournament with 146 runs from seven games. Has also picked up SIX wickets.
Parth Acharya, will take the new cherry for PLO, has good pace and gets plenty of lateral movement, has scalped five wickets so far.
Faizan Rehman, the right arm medium pacer bagged a FOUR-fer on Friday against Pleven earning his first man of the match award.
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 103 runs in seven innings, with three wickets to his name 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. Has racked up 92 runs and picked up four wickets.
Nikolay Nankov, the right arm off-spinner has looked better than his teammates with the ball picking up FIVE wickets so far and is leading the wickets column for his team.
Hristo Ivanov, wicket-keeper batsman, top scorer for Barbarians last summer racking up 84 runs. Smashed an unbeaten 15 off just 6 balls on Friday to take his side to a thrilling victory against leaders INB.
After four consecutive losses, reigning champions Plovdiv tasted victory with a couple of good wins to end the group stages on a high. Likewise, Barbarians were able to outclass table toppers INB in the opening game on Friday to make it to the playoffs comfortably. The two sides shared a point each in their last meeting due to a rain washout. That being said, PLO did get an emphatic win over BAR in the first of the double header and will be favourites to repeat that performance in this eliminator.
Last time they met: ECS21.511 | Match Abandoned (5 Jul 2021)
Match Prediction: BSCU - MU Plovdiv (PLO) to progress with a win.
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