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Bohemian CC’s battle against the mightier Prague Spartans Vanguards
Prague Spartans Vanguards to win
Tournament: Czech Super Series T10 League | Format: T10 | Venue: Vinor Cricket Ground, Prague | Toss: To BatBet Now
It is the Championship Weekend at the Czech Republic T10 Super Series, 2020 and the first game would see the Bohemian CC take on the Prague Spartans Vanguards. The two sides emerged as the winners of Group 1 and 2 respectively and would be carrying that confidence into this game. While the Bohemian CC is coming into this game undefeated so far in the tournament the Vanguards lost one of their games during the league stages.
Both the teams are coming into this game full of confidence. Prague Spartans Vanguards have some of the best players in Czech domestic cricket on their side adding to their confidence but Bohemian CC is a team full of young blood hungry for success. A win in this game would set the stage for both the sides and given the kind of performances we have seen from them earlier, it is going to be an interesting encounter.
It has been an impressive campaign so far for Javed Iqbal’s side. They did well in their Group 1 clashes defeating the Prague Barbarian Visigoths and Prague CC Kings to earn their place in the finals where they won by 21 runs defeating the Kings. With no losses so far in the tournament Iqbal would be confident leading his side into this game.
Their openers Saqlain Saqib Mukhtar and Ali Waqar will need to provide a good start as they are up against a good bowling attack. Mukhtar looked in good form in those four games. Sazib Bhulyan also made contributions with the bat. They have a strong middle order with players like Ravindra Singh Bist, Iqbal and Abul Farhad. With a good hitter in Zahid Mahmood down the order batting looks strong for the side.
Sazib Bhuiyan has been the star for them with the ball and he would look to start from where he left. Bist has also bowled well and troubling the batsmen with his tight line and length. The side will need Javed Iqbal, Ali Waqar and Farhad to do well as they lack depth in their bowling attack.
Javed Iqbal (c), Saqlain Saqib Mukhtar, Zahid Mahmood, Abul Farhad, Sazib Bhuiyan, Ravindra Singh Bist, Muhammad Nabeel (wk), Ali Waqar, Waheed Ur-Rehman, Waseem Sardar Khan, Saurabh Kakaria
Neeraj Tyagi’s side had good outings during their group games. They defeated the Vinohrady Biancos and Vinohrady Rossos in their group games suffering a loss at the hands of Prague CC Knights. The side has its revenge in the group final where they defeated the Knights by 22 runs in a one-sided game. Tyagi will like his side to believe in their abilities and start off the weekend with a win.
The side has a strong batting line-up with Satyajit Sengupta and Kranthi Venkataswamy. Sengupta played well earlier and shall be looking to make this opportunity count. Prasanna Ganesan their main batsman has been in good form and shall have to play a good hand. In Vysakh Jagannivasan, Parth Bhalodiya and Tyagi they have good hitters of the ball and they add depth to the batting line-up.
In terms of their bowling Neeraj Tyagi has been in great form so far in the season and shall look to do well in company of Suhaib Wani and Sengupta who have also bowled economical spells so far. The side would expect improved show with the ball from Prasanna Ganesan and Farooq Shaik who had gone for few runs during the league games.
Neeraj Tyagi (c), Satyajit Sengupta, Prasanna Ganesan, Farooq Shaik, Vysakh Jagannivasan, Kranthi Venkataswamy, Parth Bhalodiya, Santhosh Bemmireddy, Ghanshyam Kumar (wk), Suhaib Wani, Karthik Ekambaram
The conditions would be overcast over Prague on July 11 and there are chances of rains during the game. The pitch would be a good one to bat on as we have seen in earlier games through there would be some assistance for the fast bowlers on offer. They will move ball in the air and make it difficult for the batsman. Any score of 80 plus would be a good fighting total on this surface.
Vinor Cricket Ground has lush green outfield that doesn’t allow batsmen to score too many runs playing ground shots. Batsmen willing to hit the ball in the air have done well due to the small size of the ground. There is always something in the track for the new ball bowlers who have to bowl consistent lines. Spinners find it tough on this surface with very little assistance on offer.
The last 10 games at this venue have seen the side batting first going on to win 8 games. It is a good batting track and a place where teams can set a score and successfully defend that. Given the importance of this game the side that wins the toss should have little hesitation in batting first.
This will be an interesting battle as both the sides would be beaming with confidence during the first game of the day. The Bohemian CC has overcome big challenges in their group games to reach this stage and they would be looking to hand over another shocking defeat to their opponents. The Prague Spartans Vanguards are a stronger side on paper and have several players who have experience of playing at the big stage. They are blessed to have good depth in their batting and bowling line-ups and this will make them favorites in this game.
Prague Spartans Vanguards to win
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