QUARTER FINAL 3 - MATCH 43 (ECS21.382) AACHEN RISING STARS (ARS) v BONN BLUE STAR (BBS) 1100 GMT | 1300 CET | 1630 IST
ARS Last Five Matches: W L W L W (Avg Score For 99, Avg Score Against 80)
BBS Last Five Matches: W W W L L (Avg Score For 102, Avg Score Against 91)
AACHEN RISING STARS (ARS)
Captain: Varun Reddy
Wicketkeeper: Varun Reddy
Projected Top Four: Varun Reddy, Sagar Kataria, Faheem Jan, Gulistan Muhammad
Projected Opening Bowlers: Ahmad Shirzad, Faheem Jan
Spin Options: Dhaval Goyani, Asif Rauf
AACHEN RISING STARS Key Players:
Sagar Kataria, classy batsman, very consistent, leading run scorer in the tournament amassing 221 runs from eight innings with a best score of 92* off just 44 balls, plays shots all around the park including some ramp shots as well!
Faheem Jan, all-rounder, can swing the ball both ways and hit a long ball when needed, has racked up 169 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 seven victims from eight matches including a best return of 3-4.
Varun Reddy, captain, will open the innings for his side, a good timer of the ball and bowls some tidy off-spin, has amassed 177 runs from eight matches including 13 maximos and has also bagged three wickets.
BONN BLUE STAR (BBS)
Captain: Khurram Ilyas
Wicketkeeper: Zaheer Abbas
Projected Top Four: Zaheer Abbas, Dilshan Rajudeen, Sahir Naqash, Naeem Akhtar
Projected Opening Bowlers: Ranjith Singh, Haron Khan
Spin Options: Dilshan Rajudeen, Karanjit Brar
BONN BLUE STAR Key Players:
Dilshan Rajudeen, former national team player, all-time leading run scorer and wicket taker for Bonn Blue Star, has looked in prime form and is BBS leading run scorer with 198 runs from seven innings at an average of 50 and strike rate of 174 and has scalped six wickets with the ball, bagging three man of the match awards in the process.
Zaheer Abbas, hard hitting opening batsman, has consistently provided good starts amassing 119 runs from seven innings.
Haron Khan, the hat-trick hero, bowls with good pace and extracts decent bounce from the pitch, returned figures of 3-13 against Koln CC, is also the joint top wicket taker for BBS with six scalps to his name.
Ranjith Singh, another former national team player, all-time leading wicket taker for BBS picking up 64 wickets, has picked up five wickets so far with best figures of 2-10 against DSS on Tuesday.
This appears the most open of the quarter-finals between two evenly matched sides.
Aachen Rising Stars finished second in Group A but were the only side to beat MSF which shows genuine ability. Bonn Blue Star will be keen to turn things around after losing twice to group winners Dusseldorf Blackcaps to slip down the standings and into a tougher quarter-final matchup . These two sides possess some quality firepower at the top of the order and this game promises to be a blockbuster.
Match Prediction: Aachen Rising Stars (ARS) to narrowly edge past BBS.
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