ZAS vs BEL Dream 11 Prediction: In the first match of the ECS T10 Croatia 2021, the Zagreb Sokol will be locking horns with the Belgrade on 11 October (Monday) in Croatia. This will be the opening match of the season and it will be interesting to see the approach of these two teams at the start of this T10 tournament.
Both these teams are coming into this game after witnessing contrasting fortunes in the previous edition of the tournament. The Zagreb Sokol had a fine previous season delivering effective performances both in the batting as well as bowling departments. On the other hand, the Belgrade is a new side in this T10 tournament but many of their players have been part of the previous ECS competitions and have some really talented young cricketers.
The ECS T10 Croatia 2021 tournament is a six-day affair and all the 24 matches of this season will be played in a single cricket ground in Croatia. It will be really important for both these sides to play with the best of their abilities from the opening stages of this competition. They also have some really talented players in their respective line-ups.
Fixture Name: Match 1, Zagreb Sokol vs Belgrade
Competition: ECS T10 Croatia
Date: 11 October
Time: 12:30 PM IST
Ground: Zagreb, Croatia
Pitch Report: The pitch at the Zagreb in Croatia will have flat batting-friendly conditions throughout the T10 encounter. A belter of a wicket is expected for this game and things will be difficult for the bowlers. The dew factor will not come into play as the game progresses and thus, it will be a safe option to win the toss and opt to bowl first. The average first innings total will once again remain around the 90-100 mark.
It will be a good move to pick a mixed combination of both Zagreb Sokol and Belgrade players in your respective dream fantasy cricket teams. It will be a good decision to include more of all-rounders and bowlers to increase the chances of winning big contests. The likes of Ayo Mene-Ejegi, Mark Pavlovic, Daniel Lazarides and Nils Gornall remain the must pick players for this exciting contest.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Adrian Dunbar
BATSMEN: Daniel Lazarides, Nemanja Zimonjic, Nils Gornall
ALL-ROUNDERS: Ayo Mene-Ejegi, Mark Pavlovic, Suresh Shanmugam
BOWLERS: Ali Gajic, MD Shaikat, Michael Dorgan, Ullah Ahammad
The Zagreb Sokol will definitely have the upper hand in this match due to their experience of playing T10 tournaments. Zagreb Sokol have won many of the domestic championships and T10 tournaments with many experienced campaigners part of their line-up. On the other hand, Belgrade will also be hoping to start their campaign on a brilliant winning note.
For the Zagreb Sokol, it will be really important to perform well both in the batting as well as bowling departments right from the starting matches in this T10 competition. The likes of Nils Gornall, Daniel Lazarides, Christopher Turkich and Arpit Shukla will be expected to play a significant role in the batting department. On the other hand, the likes of MD Shaikat, Ullah Ahammad and Suresh Shanmugam will be the key with the ball.
Zagreb Sokol captain Daniel Lazarides has an impressive record in the domestic circuit. He has notched up a total of 244 runs while playing in just 4 matches. Daniel has a brilliant average of 61 and a phenomenal strike-rate of more than 200. He will surely be a key player to watch out for in this edition of the ECS T10 Croatia.
For the Zagreb Sokol, middle-order batter Christopher Turkich has performed nicely in his short competitive cricket career so far. He has scored as many as 180 runs off just 4 matches in the T10 format during the previous season. Christopher has an excellent average of 60 in domestic cricket and has an impressive strike-rate of more than 150. The Zagreb Sokol will depend a lot on his skills.
ZAS Playing 11 (likely)
The Belgrade team will be hoping to grab the momentum from the initial phase of the tournament both with the bat and ball. They will depend a lot upon the likes of Sachin Shinde, Adrian Dunbar, Nemanja Zimonjic and Mark Pavlovic to deliver well with the bat. The trio of Ali Gajic, Michael Dorgan and Ayo Mene-Ejegi will form part of the bowling attack.
Belgrade all-rounder Ayo Mene Ejegi has the ability to contribute well both in the batting as well as bowling department. He has scored as many as 25 runs so far while playing in a total of 4 matches but can deliver immensely well if given more opportunities with the bat. Ayo Mene Ejegi can also contribute with the ball as he has picked up 4 wickets in as many matches at an impressive economy of less than 7.
For the Belgrade, wicket-keeper batter Adrian Dunbar is coming into this tournament on the back of a good form. He has composed a wonderful innings of 104 runs off just 61 balls in a T20 match during 2019. Adrian Dunbar has smashed a total of 158 runs in his last 5 competitive matches. Therefore, he will be a key performer in this match for his team.
BEL Playing 11 (likely)
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Watch the ECS T10 Croatia 2021 Live score and streaming on the FanCode app. All the player stats, details, analysis and match scores along with exciting live ball-to-ball commentary will be available exclusively on the Fancode app. There will a great experience of entertainment in this T10 encounter. There will be some really talented players in action in this ZAS vs BEL match.
The ECS T10 Croatia 2021 will not be broadcasted on the television in India. The television broadcasting rights were not up for grabs as it is a domestic limited-overs tournament played in Croatia and the live streaming will be available only at the online platform which is the FanCode app. While following the Covid-19 norms, the crowds won’t be allowed in the stadium.
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