MATCH 1 (ECS21.652) RC DRESDEN (RCD) v FUCHSE BERLIN LIONS (FBL) 0700 GMT | 0900 CET | 1230 IST
RCD Last Five Matches: L W L L W (Avg Score For 89, Avg Score Against 98)
FBL Last Five Matches: ON ECS DEBUT
Captain: Sandeep Kamboj
Wicketkeeper: Arun Harkanchi
Projected Top Four: Sandeep Kamboj, Mustafa Khan, Anirudh Das, Belal Zadran
Projected Opening Bowlers: Belal Zadran, Rahul Grover
Spin Option(s): Rahul Grover, Azam Rajput
RC DRESDEN Key Players:
Sandeep Kamboj, captain, attacking opening batsman, capable of accelerating from ball one. All-time RCD leading run scorer. Joint second highest run scorer last term racking up 201 runs in 10 innings. He also bowls right-arm medium pace and is generally accurate with his line and length.
Kapil Chandnani, top-order batsman and medium pace bowler. A technically sound batsman and an equally good bowler with an ability to swing the new ball both ways. Leading wicket taker last term picking up 16 wickets with a best return of 4-11 and also scored 44 runs with the bat.
Rahul Grover, off-break bowler, leading the team of spinners in the RCD side. Scalped 11 wickets from seven matches last year with a best return of 3-4. Has been in superb form already this summer and will definitely be a bowler to watch out for this term.
Sahar Roman, 19-year old all-rounder, a talented middle-order batsman and a right arm pace bowler capable of swinging the new ball.
Belal Zadran, left-arm medium pace bowler, right-hand middle order batsman and solid fielder. Didn’t feature much last year, but will be keen to catch the eye this term.
Captain: Ganidu Arumadura
Wicketkeeper: Indika Gunasekara
Projected Top Four: Akila Rajapakshe, Indika Gunasekara, Chamila Bandara, Vinny Muruhesapillai
Projected Opening Bowlers: Nouman Stanikzai, Tharanga Loku Liyana
Spin Options: Stefane Siriwardana, Chamila Bandara, Praveen Nattramilarasu
FUCHSE BERLIN LIONS Key Players:
Indika Gunasekara, top-order batsman and wicket keeper, second-highest run-getter in the club's history, even recording a highest score in triple digits. Top-scorer in the 2020 batting leaderboard for Berlin Lions 1st XI.
Stefane Siriwardana, lead spinner and premier wicket-taker, finished MVP in 2019 after leading the bowling charts with 22 wickets.
Chamila Bandara, top-order batter, a solid anchor for his side, second-highest run-getter in 2019 and 2020 for Berlin Lions 1st XI with 241 and 225 runs respectively.
Tharanga Loku Liyana, opening bowler and leading wicket-taker for Berlin Lions 1st XI in 2020. He finished with 19 wickets at an average of 16.16 and a best of 4-14 in the season.
Hosts RCD have the benefit of playing on home soil and can also boast previous ECS experience. FBL have some talented strikers in their ranks and will be keen to make an impression on their much-anticipated debut.
Match Prediction: RC Dresden (RCD) to romp home with a comfortable win.
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