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Barbarians take on star-studded MU Pleven in ECS T10 Bulgaria - get predictions

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Debutants VTU-MU Pleven (PLE) will take on Barbarians (BAR) in the seventh match of ECS T10 Bulgaria 2021 at the Vassil Levski National Sports Academy, Sofia, on Tuesday, July 6.

While Medical University Pleven head into the competition with some of the top players from last season, Barbarians will look to get off the mark quickly after finishing at the bottom in the previous campaign.

BAR vs PLE Dream11 prediction

With one of last season’s leading wicket-takers and run-scorers already in their side, PLE will be the team to beat in this campaign. While Barbarians’ first objective will be to qualify for the knockouts, fans will hope their Bulgarian-heavy team composition can shine this time around.

BAR vs PLE Dream11 team tips for ECS Bulgaria T10

Top tip: Best batsmen

The Barbarians will be hoping to see their captain and Bulgarian international Dimo Nikolov lead from the front this time. The opening batsman is yet to play in ECS but has made a name for himself in the domestic circuit.

One of the leading run-scorers from the last couple of seasons, Akshay Harikumar will be captaining Medical University Pleven this time and is an automatic pick among batsmen. Harikumar had tallied 130 runs while playing for the Indian Tuskers last season and will be a batsman to watch out for.

Top tip: Best bowlers

Ivaylo Katzarski was the leading wicket-taker for the Barbarians last season as he ended his campaign with five scalps in eight matches and best figures of 4/16. He will once again be the team's main man with the ball and fantasy owners can expect something special from him.

The leading wicket-taker from last season,  Aswad Khan is expected to work his magic yet again. The Bulgarian international has been a regular in the T20 circuit and has lots of experience at the top level, which fantasy team owners can bank on.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-

Akshay Harikumar will be an ideal pick for the all-rounder's position. The Pleven skipper had ended last season with 130 runs and seven wickets in 10 matches, making him a valuable asset for any side.

Pleven wicket-keeper Nithin Sunil will be an obvious pick after his decent outings last season. The batsman had tallied 131 runs at a strike rate of 92.9 last season apart from being handy behind the stumps as well.

BAR vs PLE full squads

Barbarians (BAR) full squad: Alexander Stoychev, Andrei Lilov, Boyko Ivanov, Deyan Shipkov, Dino Nikolov (captain), Hristo Ivanov (wicket-keeper), Ivan Ivanov, Ivan Kamburov, Ivaylo Andreev, Ivaylo Katzaraski, Julian Hristov, Krasimir Kamenov, Mario Berberyan, Mohammad Fayaz, Nikolay Nankov, Tom Omolo, Vasil Hristov, Vasilen Kamburov

VTU-MU Pleven (PLE) full squad: Aadithya Nair, Aamir Shah, Akshay Harikumar (wicket-keeper), Amal Thomas, Apoorv Mishra, Aswad Khan, Jishnu Sivakumar, Mayank Singh, Mukul Kadyan, Nithin Sunil (wicket-keeper), Rabeeh Ur Rahman, Raheel Zaman, Ruhail Masood, Suhaid Puthapurayil, Tarun Yadav

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