Six top Italian sides Baracca Prato, Bologna, Cricket Stars, Kings XI, Pianoro and Royal Parma feature over six days in 24 explosive T10 matches from beautiful Bologna. 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 3 PREVIEW: FanCode ECS Italy Bologna – Matches 9 to 12

European Cricket Network live broadcasts four T10 matches on Day 3 of the 2021 FanCode ECS Italy, Bologna on Wednesday 24 March.

 

With three matches on Wednesday, Royal Parma could lead the standings come the end of the day. 15-time Italian Champions Pianoro will look to bounce back from a loss, while Cricket Stars will be keen to stay ahead of Baracca Prato in the standings.

 

Teams

KIN-XI Kings XI (3-0, NRR+2.103)

BOL Bologna (2-1, NRR-0.215)

ROP Royal Parma (1-1, NRR+1.350)

PIA Pianoro (1-2, NRR-0.466)

BAP Baracca Prato (1-3, NRR-1.358)

CRS Cricket Stars (0-1, NRR-0.900)

 

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MATCH 9  (ECS21.157)

ROYAL PARMA (ROP) v CRICKET STARS (CRS)

0830 GMT | 0930 CET | 1400 IST

 

ROP Last Five Matches: W W L W L (Avg Score For 110, Avg Score Against 96)

CRS Last Five Matches: L (Avg Score For 90, Avg Score Against 99) 

 

ROYAL PARMA (ROP)

Captain: Sukhpal Singh

Wicketkeeper: Balwinder Singh

Projected Top Four: Rajmani Singh, Mehmoor Javed, Harkamal Singh, Balwinder Singh

Projected Opening Bowlers: Sukhpal Singh, Attiq Ur Rehman

Spin Options: Sheraz Afzal, Mehboob Ahmed

 

ROYAL PARMA Key Players:

Rajmani Singh, all-time leading run scorer for ROP, ultra reliable with the bat, scored 44 off 19 balls in his opening match.

Deependra Singh Shekhawat, big hitting all-rounder, mustered 76 runs including a Man of the Match performance of 59,  has also picked up three wickets.

Jabrar Afzal, right arm medium pacer, bagged a hat-trick in his very first over this season returning figures of 3-11.

Attiq Ur Rehman, joint leading wicket taker for ROP in Nov 2020 with eight wickets from seven games, fearsome hitter with the bat, hammered a 7-ball 20 in the second game.



CRICKET STARS (CRS)

Captain: Lovepreet Singh

Wicketkeeper: Suraj Prakash

Projected Top Four: Sultan Hassan, Lovepreet Singh, Suraj Prakash, Manjot Singh Gill

Projected Opening Bowlers: Harpreet Singh, Prabhjeet Singh

Spin Options: Manpreet Singh, Lovepreet Singh, Navdeep Singh

 

CRICKET STARS Key Players:

Sultan Hassan, hard-hitting opening batsman, could be a breath of fresh air with his unorthodox shots, scored a well crafted 23 runs in the only game CRS played.

Lovepreet Singh, captain, all-rounder, very strong on the leg side, loves playing the leg glance, scored 30 runs and returned figures of 3-23 in the first game.

Navdeep Singh, spin bowler, always has a trick up his sleeve with different bowling variations, can bat too!

Suraj Prakash, reliable top order batsman, builds the innings with sensible batting, loves playing the pull shot, looked good in his short stay at the crease on Monday.

 

Royal Parma won their first match but struggled to back it up. Debutants Cricket Stars have a good chance of getting their maiden ECS victory if key man Rajmani Singh gets out early.

 

Match Prediction: Royal Parma (ROP) should get the win.

 

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MATCH 10  (ECS21.158)

CRICKET STARS (CRS) v PIANORO (PIA)

0930 GMT | 1030 CET | 1500 IST

 

CRS Last Five Matches: L (Avg Score For 90, Avg Score Against 99) 

PIA Last Five Matches: L W L (Avg Score For 103, Avg Score Against 107) 

 

CRICKET STARS (CRS)

Captain: Lovepreet Singh

Wicketkeeper: Suraj Prakash

Projected Top Four: Sultan Hassan, Lovepreet Singh, Suraj Prakash, Manjot Singh Gill

Projected Opening Bowlers: Harpreet Singh, Prabhjeet Singh

Spin Options: Manpreet Singh, Lovepreet Singh, Navdeep Singh

 

CRICKET STARS Key Players:

Sultan Hassan, hard-hitting opening batsman, could be a breath of fresh air with his unorthodox shots, scored a well crafted 23 runs in the only game CRS played.

Lovepreet Singh, captain, all-rounder, very strong on the leg side, loves playing the leg glance, scored 30 runs and returned figures of 3-23 in the first game.

Navdeep Singh, spin bowler, always has a trick up his sleeve with different bowling variations, can bat too!

Suraj Prakash, reliable top order batsman, builds the innings with sensible batting, loves playing the pull shot, looked good in his short stay at the crease on Monday.



PIANORO (PIA)

Captain: Arslan Rana

Wicketkeeper: Raheel Riaz

Projected Top Four: Rakibul Hassan, Waleed Rana, Nilantha Kotikawatta, Nicolo fernando

Projected Opening Bowlers: Waleed Rana, Arslan Rana

Spin Options: Nicolo Fernando, Hammad Amjad

 

PIANORO Key Players:

Arslan Rana, captain, medium pace bowler, swings the ball into the right handers, picked up two wickets, provides lusty blows in the middle order, scored a quickfire 22 in the first game.

Nicolo Fernando, all-rounder, big hitter, mustered 37 off 17 balls including four maximos, bowls lovely left-arm off spin and is a good fielder too!

Waleed Rana, all-rounder, classy RHB loves playing pull shots, looked in ominous touch scoring 56 from two games including 25-ball 48, bowls economically and has three wickets to his name.

 

A meeting of two newcomers both who have enjoyed little success so far on the grand European Cricket stage. Cricket Stars will look to secure their first win if they haven't already done so in the previous game vs ROP, 15-time Italian champions (50 over) Pianoro will want to extend their dominance over the shortest format as well.

 

Match Prediction: Pianoro (PIA) to pinch a close contest.

 

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MATCH 11  (ECS21.159)

PIANORO (PIA) v ROYAL PARMA (ROP)

1130 GMT | 1230 CET | 1700 IST

 

PIA Last Five Matches: L W L (Avg Score For 103, Avg Score Against 107) 

ROP Last Five Matches: W W L W L (Avg Score For 110, Avg Score Against 96) 

 

PIANORO (PIA)

Captain: Arslan Rana

Wicketkeeper: Raheel Riaz

Projected Top Four: Rakibul Hassan, Waleed Rana, Nilantha Kotikawatta, Nicolo fernando

Projected Opening Bowlers: Waleed Rana, Arslan Rana

Spin Options: Nicolo Fernando, Hammad Amjad

 

PIANORO Key Players:

Arslan Rana, captain, medium pace bowler, swings the ball into the right handers, has picked up two wickets, provides lusty blows in the middle order, scored a quickfire 22 in the first game.

Nicolo Fernando, all-rounder, big hitter, mustered 37 off 17 balls including four maximos, bowls lovely left-arm off spin and is a good fielder too!

Waleed Rana, all-rounder, classy RHB loves playing pull shots, looked in ominous touch scoring 56 from two games including 25-ball 48, bowls economically and has three wickets to his name.



ROYAL PARMA (ROP)

Captain: Sukhpal Singh

Wicketkeeper: Balwinder Singh

Projected Top Four: Rajmani Singh, Mehmoor Javed, Harkamal Singh, Balwinder Singh

Projected Opening Bowlers: Sukhpal Singh, Attiq Ur Rehman

Spin Options: Sheraz Afzal, Mehboob Ahmed

 

ROYAL PARMA Key Players:

Rajmani Singh, all-time leading run scorer for ROP, ultra reliable with the bat, scored 44 off 19 balls in his opening match.

Deependra Singh Shekhawat, big hitting all-rounder, mustered 76 runs including a Man of the Match performance of 59,  has also picked up three wickets.

Jabrar Afzal, right arm medium pacer, bagged a hat-trick in his very first over this season returning figures of 3-11.

Attiq Ur Rehman, joint leading wicket taker for ROP in Nov 2020 with eight wickets from seven games, fearsome hitter with the bat, hammered a 7-ball 20 in the second game.



15-time Italian Champions take on one of the most successful Italian teams in the ECS. This match promises to be a real humdinger.

 

Match Prediction: Valuable T10 experience might come in handy for Royal Parma (ROP) against a highly-skilled team more suited to the longer format. 

 

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MATCH 12  (ECS21.160)

ROYAL PARMA (ROP) v BOLOGNA (BOL)

1330 GMT | 1430 CET | 1900 IST

 

ROP Last Five Matches: W W L W L (Avg Score For 110, Avg Score Against 96) 

BOL Last Five Matches: L W L W W (Avg Score For 104, Avg Score Against 107) 

 

ROYAL PARMA (ROP)

Captain: Sukhpal Singh

Wicketkeeper: Balwinder Singh

Projected Top Four: Rajmani Singh, Mehmoor Javed, Harkamal Singh, Balwinder Singh

Projected Opening Bowlers: Sukhpal Singh, Attiq Ur Rehman

Spin Options: Sheraz Afzal, Mehboob Ahmed

 

ROYAL PARMA Key Players:

Rajmani Singh, all-time leading run scorer for ROP, ultra reliable with the bat, scored 44 off 19 balls in his opening match.

Deependra Singh Shekhawat, big hitting all-rounder, mustered 76 runs including a Man of the Match performance of 59,  has also picked up three wickets.

Jabrar Afzal, right arm medium pacer, bagged a hat-trick in his very first over this season returning figures of 3-11.

Attiq Ur Rehman, joint leading wicket taker for ROP in Nov 2020 with eight wickets from seven games, fearsome hitter with the bat, hammered a 7-ball 20 in the second game.




BOLOGNA (BOL)

Captain: Zain Iftikhar

Wicketkeeper: Zain Iftikhar

Projected Top Four: Rahaman Bhuiyan, Vikas Kalyan, Suresh Kolli, Malik Sarfraz

Projected Opening Bowlers: Muhammad Adnan, Revanth Pannala

Spin Options: Babar Ghafar

 

BOLOGNA Key Players:

Rahaman Bhuiyan, attacking opening batsman, mustered 52 off 23 balls including four LONG maximos in the last game before retiring hurt.

Muhammad Adnan, wicket taking bowler with the new ball, sharp and economical, picked up three wickets, can also plunder quick runs down the order.

Suresh Kolli, all-rounder, plays aggressive cricket, mainstay of the Bologna batting lineup, in fine form with 46 in the first game.

 

Bologna have looked impressive with different players stepping up in all three games. Royal Parma will have their task cut out in the final game of the day.

 

Match Prediction: Bologna (BOL) to edge Royal Parma narrowly.

 

 

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