MATCH 9 (ECS21.348) MSC FRANKFURT (MSF) v KÖLN CHALLENGERS (KCH) 0700 GMT | 0900 CET | 1230 IST
MSF Last Five Matches: W W W W L (Avg Score For 120, Avg Score Against 86)
KCH Last Five Matches: L L (Avg Score For 53, Avg Score Against 85)
MSC FRANKFURT (MSF)
Captain: Sekandar Khan
Wicketkeeper: Habib Rahman
Projected Top Four: Adel Khan, Shahid Afridi, Sekandar Khan, Daud Muhammad
Projected Opening Bowlers: Waheed Ahmed, Shahid Afridi
Spin Options: Adel Khan, Nafees Buttar
MSC FRANKFURT Key Players:
Shahid Afridi, hard hitting opening batsman, is leading the run scoring charts so far with 95 runs from four matches, scored a blistering 10-ball 41* on Tuesday to take his side to victory, has bagged two man of the match awards as well so far.
Adel Khan, second highest run scorer with 87 runs to his name. Racked up an unbeaten 63 off 32 balls in the first match, has also picked up five wickets.
Nafees Buttar, left-arm off-spinner, very accurate with his line and length, has scalped four wickets from four matches at an economy rate of just 6.75, returned impressive figures of 3-6 in the second match.
Qader Khan has been impressive with the ball picking up four wickets so far at an economy rate of 7.20 and best return of 3-16.
KÖLN CHALLENGERS (KCH)
Captain: Kesava Motati
Wicketkeeper: Vijay Rathnavel
Projected Top Four: Amey Potale, Sriram Gurumurthy, Ayush Sharma, Rohit Narayanan
Projected Opening Bowlers: Kesava Motati, Aravind Muthusubramanian
Spin Options: Sriram Gurumurthy
KÖLN CHALLENGERS Key Players:
Amey Potale, destructive opening batsman, loves anything short and can dispatch it with disdain, looked good in both games before throwing away his starts, would like to get a big one against the powerhouse MSF.
Sriram Gurumurthy, considered an elegant slogger by his teammates, he will have the responsibility of providing KCH with quick starts, has picked up two wickets from two matches conceding at just 3.50 rpo.
Kesava Motati, captain, will lead the bowling attack, has the ability to swing the ball both ways.
MSC Frankfurt, European Cricket Series Frankfurt champions, are the only side featuring at the FanCode ECS Germany Krefeld to boast any previous ECS experience. So far, MSF have lived up to their heavyweight billing with three dominant wins from four games and are the team to beat in Group A.
Koln Challengers got off to a sluggish start with two losses to fellow newcomers VG and will find it hard to compete against one of the genuine powerhouses of German cricket.
Match Prediction: MSC Frankfurt (MSF) to win at a canter.
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