MATCH 15 (ECS21.498) ROYAL TIGERS (ROT) v BUDAPEST BLINDERS (BUB) 1100 GMT | 1300 CET | 1630 IST
ROT Last Five Matches: W W L W W (Avg Score For 115, Avg Score Against 90)
BUB Last Five Matches: W L W L W (Avg Score For 111, Avg Score Against 89)
Captain: Marc Ahuja
Wicketkeeper: Stan Ahuja
Projected Top Four: Marc Ahuja, Zeeshan Khan, Stan Ahuja, Harsh Mandhyan
Projected Opening Bowlers: Habib Deldar, Harsh Mandhyan
Spin Options: Harsh Mandhyan, Stan Ahuja
ROYAL TIGERS Key Players:
Zeeshan Khan, MVP last summer, blasted a blistering 94 in the final with the title on the line. Arguably the best batsman in Hungary and his attacking approach really suits the T10 format. All-time club leading run scorer. Mustered 126 runs in four matches including a blistering 35-ball 81* and was awarded man of the match for his efforts.
Stan Ahuja, the right hander hasn’t been dismissed in the last three innings amassing a total of 99 runs in four matches.
Khaibar Deldar, hard-hitting top order batsman who gives it a whack from ball one.Mustered an unbeaten 40 off 20 balls against Dunabogdany CC to bag a man of the match award. Has racked up 90 runs in four matches this time around.
Vigneshwaran Jayaraman, the 25-year old pacer returned with match winning figures of 4-8 against BLB on Wednesday. Is top wicket taker for ROT with six wickets to his name.
Captain: Steffan Gooch
Wicketkeeper: Izhar Khan
Projected Top Four: Abbas Ghani, Ali Yalmaz, Steffan Gooch, Asanka Weligamage
Projected Opening Bowlers: Asanka Weligamage, Ali Yalmaz
Spin Options: Danyal Akbar
BUDAPEST BLINDERS Key Players:
Abbas Ghani, the opener is the second highest run scorer for BUB with 94 runs and also picked up SEVEN wickets.
Ali Farasat, top scorer for BUB, has mustered 142 runs in three innings at a strike rate of 200, scored a match winning knock of 63 off 31 balls vs UCB on Tuesday.
Salman Khan, the 22-year old left arm fast bowler has been in tremendous form with the ball picking up SIX wickets and is the joint highest wicket taker for BUB.
Ali Yalmaz, hard hitting opening batsman and decent medium fast bowler. A utility cricketer, Yalmaz can adapt to any situation. Also a National squad member. Picked up NINE wickets in six games and is leading the wicket taking charts, has also scored 33 runs.
The leading two in the standings meet in the battle for top billing in the group stages. Reigning champions Royal Tigers have not looked totally convincing while BUB skipper Steffan Gooch will be especially motivated against his former club.
Match Prediction: Budapest Blinders to romp home with a thrilling victory.