MATCH 4 (ECS21.511) BARBARIANS (BAR) v BSCU - MU PLOVDIV (PLO) 1430 GMT | 1630 CET | 2000 IST
BAR Last Five Matches: L L L W L (Avg Score For 72, Avg Score Against 139)
PLO Last Five Matches: W W L W W (Avg Score For 166, Avg Score Against 120)
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.
Ivaylo Katzarski, key man for his side with bat and ball, had the second best bowling figures last season picking up 4-16 vs Indian Tuskers.
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.
Hristo Ivanov, wicket-keeper batsman, top scorer for Barbarians last summer racking up 84 runs.
Captain: Saim Hussain
Wicketkeeper: Saim Hussain
Projected Top Four: Saim Hussain, Sulaiman Ali, Ali Hussain, Aamir Nakhuda
Projected Opening Bowlers: Parth Acharya, Sulaiman Ali
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*, average over 53 at a strike rate of 204+. Also hit 60 fours, easily the most in the tournament.
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.
Ali Hussain, all-rounder, technically sound, consistently delivers good performances with bat and ball.
Parth Acharya, will take the new cherry for PLO, has good pace and gets plenty of lateral movement, could be the find of the season.
Medical University Plovdiv are reigning champions from last season when playing under the name MU Dons. PLO are bereft of a host of players from that success and may not be as strong as last term. Barbarians languished at the bottom with just a solitary win in eight games but have a stronger squad in 2021.
Last time they met: PLO 81(4) def BAR 80 (9 Sep 2020)
Match Prediction: MU Plovdiv (PLO) to win back-to-back games.
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