10 top teams from Western Germany feature over 12 days in 48 hotly-anticipated T10 matches from the new home of German cricket in Krefeld. Every game will be live streamed worldwide on the European Cricket Network and on FanCode - a multi-sport aggregator platform, from the house of Dream Sports for the Indian Sub-Continent.

Day 5 PREVIEW: FanCode ECS Germany Krefeld – Matches 17 to 20

European Cricket Network live broadcasts four T10 matches on Day 5 of the 2021 FanCode ECS Germany, Krefeld on Friday 21 May.

 

European Cricket Series Frankfurt champions, MSC Frankfurt will top the group comfortably after racking up seven wins from eight games. Both Aachen Rising Stars and VfB Gelsenkirchen have impressed on debut and continued to battle it out for second spot, while Bayer Uerdingen Boosters and Koln Challengers will try and sneak into the final qualification spot in the last round robin fixtures in Group A.





Group A

MSF  MSC Frankfurt (7-1, NRR+4.067)

ARS  Aachen Rising Stars (4-2, NRR+1.501)

VG  VfB Gelsenkirchen (3-3, NRR-0.268)

BUB  Bayer Uerdingen Boosters (1-5, NRR-2.717)

KCH  Köln Challengers (1-5, NRR-3.393)

 

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MATCH 17  (ECS21.356)

KÖLN CHALLENGERS (KCH) v BAYER UERDINGEN BOOSTERS (BUB)

0700 GMT | 0900 CET | 1230 IST

 

MATCH 18  (ECS21.357)

KÖLN CHALLENGERS (KCH) v BAYER UERDINGEN BOOSTERS (BUB)

0900 GMT | 1100 CET | 1430 IST

 

KCH Last Five Matches: L L L W L (Avg Score For 67, Avg Score Against 110) 

BUB Last Five Matches: L L W L L (Avg Score For 72, Avg Score Against 98) 

 

KÖLN CHALLENGERS (KCH)

Captain: Vijay Rathnavel

Wicketkeeper: Vijay Rathnavel

Projected Top Four: Amey Potale, Sriram Gurumurthy, Ayush Sharma, Rohit Narayanan

Projected Opening Bowlers: Nikhil Patil, Aravind Muthusubramanian

Spin Options: Sriram Gurumurthy

 

KÖLN CHALLENGERS Key Players:

Sriram Gurumurthy, considered an elegant slogger by his teammates, he will have the responsibility of providing KCH with quick starts, has picked up five wickets from six matches.

Nikhil Patil, top wicket taker for KCH picking up eight wickets from six matches with a best return of 3-13.

Ayush Sharma, valuable all-rounder, second highest run scorer for KCH with 59 runs to his name and has scalped five wickets from four overs at an economy rate of 5.25.

Aravind Muthusubramanian, consistent bowler who has the canny knack of picking up wickets, scalped three wickets from four games.



BAYER UERDINGEN BOOSTERS (BUB)

Captain: Kumar Mahendran

Wicketkeeper: Ahilan Ravinthran

Projected Top Four: Kumar Mahendran, Aritharan Vaseekaran, Ahilan Ravinthran, Thinesh Rajakulasingam

Projected Opening Bowlers: Pakeetharan Praba, Aritharan Vaseekaran

Spin Options: Kumar Mahendran, Stebin Stephen

 

BAYER UERDINGEN BOOSTERS Key Players:

Kumar Mahendran, former Germany international, will be looking to lead by example with bat and ball, leading wicket taker in club history and his leading the wicket taking charts for his side here as well with five wickets from six games.

Aritharan Vaseekaran, another former Germany international who will look to get the Boosters off to a quick start, has racked up 100 runs from six games including 10 maximos and a man of the match performance - 13-ball 33*, has also picked up three wickets.

Thinesh Rajakulasingam, has been impressive with the bat racking up 82 runs with a best score of 40* off 23 balls against ARS on Wednesday.

Pakeetharan Praba, leads the bowling attack for Boosters, looked in good form picking up three wickets including a best return of 2-18 vs MSF in the second match on Monday, can contribute with the bat too.

 

Despite being at the bottom of the table, it is not yet over for Koln Challengers in a double header against Bayer Uerdingen Boosters. KCH need to beat BUB twice to ensure qualification for the knockout stages. On the other hand, Bayer Uerdingen Boosters boast a much better NRR and only need one win from their two remaining matches, provided they do not lose the other by a huge margin.

 

Match Prediction: Both teams have struggled throughout the tournament and have managed to scrape a win apiece from their six matches. KCH might be high on confidence having won only yesterday and could edge the first encounter, while BUB will walk away victorious in the crucial second game.

 

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MATCH 19  (ECS21.358)

VFB GELSENKIRCHEN (VG) v AACHEN RISING STARS (ARS)

1100 GMT | 1300 CET | 1630 IST

 

MATCH 20  (ECS21.359)

VFB GELSENKIRCHEN (VG) v AACHEN RISING STARS (ARS)

1300 GMT | 1500 CET | 1830 IST

 

VG Last Five Matches: W W L L L (Avg Score For 84, Avg Score Against 88) 

ARS Last Five Matches: W W W L W (Avg Score For 101, Avg Score Against 81) 

 

VFB GELSENKIRCHEN (VG)

Captain: Swapnil Varhade

Wicketkeeper: Swapnil Varhade

Projected Top Four: Suliman Hugakhil, Mirwali Jabarkheel, Swapnil Varhade, Sahalom Dhaly

Projected Opening Bowlers: Arfan Malik, Shrutarv Awasthi

Spin Options: Shahidullah Arman, Vignaesh Sankaran, Anil Kavi

 

VFB GELSENKIRCHEN Key Players:

Suliman Hugakhil, dynamic all-rounder who adds value with his abilities not only with bat and ball, but also with his agile fielding, racked up 69 runs from four innings including a valuable contribution of 32 runs in the second game.

Shahidullah Arman has been mighty good with the ball scalping seven wickets conceding at just 6.63 runs per over, with best figures of 2-9 against BUB.

Swapnil Varhade, captain, plays the anchor role holding the innings together, giving others the freedom to play dynamic innings, mustered a 27-ball 47 against BUB on Tuesday to bag his first man of the match award, has racked up 114 runs and is top scorer for his side.

Sahalom Dhaly impressed with both bat and ball on Monday, has scored 85 runs from five innings, and has picked up four wickets. He also bagged back-to-back man-of-the-match awards for his significant contributions.



AACHEN RISING STARS (ARS)

Captain: Varun Reddy

Wicketkeeper: Sagar Kataria

Projected Top Four: Varun Reddy, Sagar Kataria, Faheem Jan, Gulistan Muhammad

Projected Opening Bowlers: Ahmad Shirzad, Faheem Jan

Spin Options: Varun Reddy, Dhaval Goyani, Asif Rauf

 

AACHEN RISING STARS Key Players:

Sagar Kataria, classy batsman, very consistent, leading run scorer for the club last year, scored a well compiled 55 with shots all around the park against BUB on Wednesday earning the man of the match award, has racked up 124 runs from six innings.

Faheem Jan,  all-rounder, can swing the ball both ways and hit a long ball when needed, has racked up 137 runs including an unbeaten 53 off just 20 balls vs KCH, has also bagged two man of the match awards.

Osman Shirzad, top wicket taker for ARS scalping  six victims from six matches including a best return of 3-4, has been economical as well conceding under seven runs per over.

Varun Reddy, captain, will open the innings for his side, a good timer of the ball and bowls some tidy off-spin, has amassed 158 runs from six matches including 12 maximos.

 

After a promising start to the tournament with three straight wins, VfB Gelsenkirchen have lost their last three, seriously denting their NRR in the process. VG need to win both these games to jump into second spot ahead of ARS. 

 

Match Prediction: These two sides could gain a win apiece with ARS doing enough to finish second in the Group A standings.

 

 

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