Indo-Bulgarian (INB) square off against Medical University of Sofi (MUS) in the opening match of ECS T10 Bulgaria 2021 at the Vassil Levski National Sports Academy, Sofia on Monday, July 5. The two teams will kick off the proceedings that will last across 24 matches, spanning six days.

INB topped the group stages last season before faltering at the final hurdle. They are led by an able and experienced leader, Prakash Mishra, who also leads the Bulgaria national team.\

MUS finished third last season with a 6-2 win-loss record in the group stages. They would be looking to punch with more might this time and eventually go the distance.

INB vs MUS Dream11 prediction

Though both the teams vied for the top spot last season, INB reached the finals but couldn’t lay their hands on the trophy. On the other hand, MUS had to stay content with the third position. The two sides are almost on par with each other, but INB is likely to walk away with a win, based on the past results.

INB vs MUS Dream11 team tips for ECS Bulgaria T10

Top tip: Best batsmen

Hristo Lakov is the batsman to watch out for in the INB squad. In 10 matches last season, he scored 314 runs with a best of an unbeaten 67 and has a terrific strike rate of 195.03. He also hit three half-centuries. With such numbers, the fantasy owners would want to swoop down on him right away.

Nikhil Oliviera is a batsman from MUS who could pose a major threat to the opposition team’s plans. He scored 204 runs in 10 matches at a strike rate of 143.66. He would be eager to repeat his heroics once again. 

Top tip: Best bowlers

Prakash Mishra was the pick of the bowlers last season for INB. He scalped nine wickets in 10 matches at an economy rate of 9.61 and registered his best bowling performance with 2/4. Mishra could appeal as a strong pick for fantasy team captains.

Albin Jacob had a great season with the ball in 2020 for MUS, with nine wickets in 10 matches and best figures of 4/11. Fantasy team owners should keep a close eye on him.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper 

Bakhtiar Tahiri is an excellent pick for this category. The INB all-rounder scored 531 runs in 10 matches at a strike rate of 211.55 and scalped nine wickets at an economy rate of 8.44 in the 2020 edition of the tournament. These performances make him a fantasy favourite as an all-rounder.

Ishan De Silva is the wicket-keeper to look out for. The MUS gloveman is extremely good behind the stumps and has top-scored for his team with 233 runs at a strike rate of 215.74. He could prove to be a smart pick in the fantasy squads.

INB vs MUS full squads

Indo-Bulgarian: Agagyul Ahmadhel, Bakhtiar Tahiri, Deep Singh, Deepak Chauhan, Dushyant Sharma, Hristo Lakov, Lovesh Sharma, Nirdosh Sharma, Prakash Mishra (captain), Rohit Dhiman, Rohit Singh, Saheldzhalat Malang, Shafquat Khan (wicket-keeper), Sid Kulkarni, Suraj Negi, Uahedullah Shinvari, Vignesh Viswanathan

Medical University Sofia: Ahsan Raja, Albin Jacob, Ali Rasool, Ashbel Nicson, Bipin Gattapur, Bradleey Constantine, Delrick Vinu, Firas Hussain, Gathsara Seekkuge, Hassan Arslan, Huzaif Yousuf, Ishan De Silva (captain & wicket-keeper), Kevin D’Souza, Kevin George, Muhammad Tayub, Nabeel Hussein, Nikhil Oliveira, Omar Rasool

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