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New-found form to give SG Hameln edge over First Contact - get tips and predictions

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The 17th match of ECS T10 Kiel 2021 will see SG Hameln (SGH) taking on First Contact (FCT) at the Kiel Cricket Ground in Germany on June 4, Friday.

First Contact have won only one of their first five matches and sit at the bottom of the Group A points table with just two points and a net run rate of -1.967. Third-placed SG Hameln, on the other hand, have played only three matches so far, winning one and losing twice. They have an NRR of -1.439.

SGH vs FCT Dream11 prediction

Considering recent form, First Contact will be on the backfoot in this fixture. They are also coming on the back of a heavy 40-run loss against 1 .Kieler HTC. 

Their opponent SGH, on the other hand, come to this game on the back of their first win of the season. Having beaten 1 .Kieler HTC by eight wickets in their last match, SG Hameln will hope to build on the winning momentum and come to the match as the favourites.

SGH vs FCT best players to pick for ECS T10 Kiel fantasy team

Top Tip: Best batsmen

Opening batsman Akila Rajapaskshe was the star for SGH in the last game, where he scored 49 runs off 27 balls to help his team chase a target of 76 runs. The batsman has 105 fantasy points so far and will be a valuable player for any fantasy team owner.

In their last game, FCT captain Sharif Safi brought some stability in the middle-order by hitting 38 runs in 25 balls. Safi is expected to continue his good run and is the right player to keep in the team now.

Top Tip: Best bowlers

Rizwan Babar was easily the best bowler for SGH in their last match, where he took two wickets and conceded just 11 runs in two overs. Babar has taken four wickets in three matches now, garnering 265 fantasy points.

Sadam Sherzad has been the go-to bowler from the FCT camp this season. His two-fer against KHTC in the last match kept the opposition in check. Sherzad has six wickets this season so far with 258 points.

Top-Tip: Best all-rounder and wicketkeeper

SGH's Rizwan Babar would make for a good all-rounder option as well, particularly for his batting prowess down the order. Apart from his four wickets this season, the 27-year-old has also tallied 50 runs in three matches.

FCT's wicket-keeper Akbar Jabarkhel is turning out to be a handy option for his team this season. The 27-year-old has played some handy knocks this season, especially his 15-ball 25 cameo against MTSV. Jabarkhel can bowl as well, which makes him a prolific point-getter. In three matches so far, Jabarkhel has garnered 122 points.

SGH vs FCT probable playing XI

SG Hameln playing XI (probable): Thusitha Ratnayake (captain/wicket-keeper), Mudassar Iqbal, Zarif Gul Mumand, Rizwan Babar, Safi Rahman, Akila Rajapakshe, Romal Barakzai, Aziz Bhatti, Hamza Mahmood, Ankit Tomar, Muneeb Mohammad

First Contact playing XI (probable): Zakirullah Zakhil, Zahir Shah Zakhil, Mohammad Akbar Jabarkhel (wicket-keeper), Salman Haider, Mohamad Sharif Safi (captain), Nassrullah Amla, Abdulrahman Amarkhail, Hasil Momand, Imran Khan Hassan, Sadam Sherzad, Shaukat Ali

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