ELIMINATOR - MATCH 21 (ECS21.552) UNITED (UNI) v BANEASA (BAN) 0600 GMT | 0800 CET | 1130 IST
UNI Last Five Matches: L W L L W (Avg Score For 105, Avg Score Against 128)
BAN Last Five Matches: L W L W L (Avg Score For 117, Avg Score Against 103)
Captain: Ramesh Satheesan
Wicketkeeper: Stan Ahuja
Projected Top Four: Ramesh Satheesan, Rohit Kumar, Stan Ahuja, Ali Hussain
Projected Opening Bowlers: Aftab Kayani, Raj Kumar
Spin Options: Syed Ali Zain, Ali Hussain, Ramesh Satheesan
UNITED Key Players:
Ramesh Satheesan, the hard hitting opening batsman mustered 158 runs at a SR of 208 last summer and picked up SIX wickets. He recently broke Yuvraj Singh’s T20 International record of highest strike rate in an innings for a 50+ score. Mustered an unbeaten 88 in the opening game. Returned 5-3 in the second game bagging back-to-back MoMs on Monday. Top run scorer and wicket taker for UNI with 181 runs and 12 wickets in eight games.
Rohit Kumar is the second highest run scorer for UNI racking up 150 runs. The left hander has mustered 11 sixes - most by any UNI batsman this term.
Stan Ahuja, recent winning experience for Royal Tigers in Hungary. Safe pair of hands behind the stumps and contributes valuable runs. Scored 236 runs in ECS Hungary recently, is an excellent finisher with the bat, big leg side hitter with stylish flicks, sweeps and midwicket slogs. Has racked up 121 runs in six games.
Ali Hussain, recent addition to UNI, young and energetic bowling allrounder, bowls left arm orthodox spin, has impressed with NINE wickets from six games with a best return of 4-21. Has also mustered 121 runs at a SR of 202!
Shantanu Vashisht, one of the best bowlers in Romania. Generally economical, doesn’t always get a flurry of wickets, but often gets the best bats out. He is good at rotating strike and is an excellent fielder. Has scored 58 runs and picked up FOUR wickets this term.
Raj Kumar, one of the top five bowlers in Romania. A genuine wicket taker, who can swing the new ball both ways and is excellent in the death overs with yorkers and slower balls. Has scored 93 runs in six games and scalped FOUR victims.
Captain: Abdul Shakoor
Wicketkeeper: Sheriyar Sohail
Projected Top Four: Muhammad Mashal, Abdul Shakoor, Sheriyar Sohail, Mahesh Prasanna
Projected Opening Bowlers: Parminder Mann, Anik Ahmed
Spin Options: Mahesh Prasanna, Wasif Sharif
BANEASA Key Players:
Ijaz Hussain, all-rounder who is also a member of the current national side. He has picked up eight T20I wickets and scored 84 runs. Had an average season at ECS Romania last year scoring 53 runs in three matches and picking up a couple of wickets. Made an impact straightaway playing his first game of the season with a quickfire 80 off 32 balls which helped his team qualify for the knockouts.
Muhammad Mashal, the youngster has impressed with his hard hitting ability mustering 188 runs from six matches at a strike rate of 272. Hammered a 22-ball 80 vs UNI on Friday. Has also picked up FIVE wickets.
Parminder Mann, the all-rounder has racked up 97 runs at a healthy strike rate of 141 and has also scalped two wickets.
Abdul Shakoor, right handed middle order batsman. Vice captain of the national side. Has looked in good touch top scoring for his side with 177 runs in eight games.
Sheriyar Sohail, left hand opening batsman and wicket-keeper, loves playing cover drives. Hasn’t enjoyed much success yet with 70 runs so far, but is capable of turning things around.
United started strongly but have faded somewhat with only a 50 % winning record, while Baneasa scraped into the knockout stages winning two of their last four games, including one against United on Friday. This could go either way.
Last time they met: ECS21.549 | UNI 95(9.3) def BAN 92 (16 Jul 2021)
Match Prediction: United (UNI) to win a thrilling encounter.
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