1ST QUALIFIER - MATCH 22 (ECS21.769) BELGRADE (BEL) v ZAGREB SOKOL (ZAS) 0830 GMT | 1030 CET | 1400 IST
BEL Last Five Matches: W W W W W (Avg Score For 120, Avg Score Against 78)
ZAS Last Five Matches: W W W W W (Avg Score For 116, Avg Score Against 87)
Captain: Robin Vitas
Wicketkeeper: Adrian Dunbar
Projected Top Four: Adrian Dunbar, Wintley Burton, Alex Dizija, Robin Vitas
Projected Opening Bowlers: Vukasin Zimonjic, Alister Gajic
Spin Options: Mark Pavlovic, Michael Dorgan, Slobodan Tosic
BELGRADE Key Players:
Wintley Burton, star all-rounder from Antigua, can hit sixes effortlessly and equally good with the ball with his medium pacers. Second highest scorer for BEL amassing 222 runs in seven innings, including a well compiled 64 off 32 balls vs LJU.
Adrian Dunbar, T20I world record-holder, hit a remarkable 104* to claim the record of highest score by a debutant in Serbia's first ever T20I match. The wicket-keeper batter hasn’t enjoyed much success in the ECS scoring 79 runs in seven innings. He will be keen to score some runs on FInals Day.
Gaurav Chopra, all-rounder, top wicket taker for BEL picking up SIX wickets with a best return of 3-6. He has also scored 25 runs in the only game he batted.
Alexander Dizija, the top order batter has looked solid, top scoring in the tournament with 311 runs in seven innings at an average of over 92 including two fifty plus scores.
ZAGREB SOKOL (ZAS)
Captain: Daniel Lazarides
Wicketkeeper: Mark Davies
Projected Top Four: Daniel Lazarides, Jai Thakur, Aman Maheshwari, Peter Amaan
Projected Opening Bowlers: Peter Amaan, MD Shaikat
Spin Options: Daniel Lazarides
ZAGREB SOKOL Key Players:
Daniel Lazarides, star all-rounder, Premier League player in the UK, the opener provides brisk starts for his side and is crucial with the ball in the middle overs with his left arm spin. Second highest scorer in the tournament muscling 256 runs in seven innings including THREE fifties.
Aman Maheshwari, tall right arm fast bowler and a fine hitter. Has picked up THREE wickets and also plundered 73 runs at a SR of over 208.
Peter Amaan, power hitter, can provide the finishing touches to ZAS innings from the middle order. Second highest scorer for ZAS racking up 130 runs in six innings. The all-rounder is also leading the wickets column scalping 10 wickets including a tournament best figures of 5-16 vs BEL.
Arpit Shukla, right arm medium pacer, returned player of the match figures of 3-5 against SIB on Tuesday. He is the second highest wicket taker for ZAS scalping SEVEN victims at a miser ER of 4.83
Suresh Shanmugam, the right arm medium pacer has impressed with his consistent line and lengths. He has picked up SIX wickets in eight overs at an economy rate of just 5.75.
The top two sides in the competition lock horns for a place directly into the Final. Both BEL and ZAS shared the spoils in the group stages and will be keen to win this all important first qualifier to avoid an extra game.
Match Prediction: Belgrade (BEL) to extend their winning streak to eight with a close win.
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