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, Gobinath Navarathinam
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: BUB to walk away victorious in this crucial game.
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