The 23rd match of ECS T10 Kiel 2021 will see two teams opening their account for the season as Kummerfelder Sportverein (KSV) take on VFB Fallersleben (VFB) at the Kiel Cricket Ground on Saturday, June 5.

KSV are considered as one of the tournament favourites on account of their previous performances and pedigree in such competitions. Last year, the team won two tournaments, namely, ECS Kummerfeld and ECN Hannover Hitout. In the latter competition, they were undefeated throughout the campaign.

KSV vs VFB Dream11 Prediction

VFB had a disappointing ECS Kummerfeld last year. The team finished last after going winless in five group stage games. To make matters worse even before their first match this season, talented all-rounder Janardhan Siddaiaha has been ruled out of the competition, meaning that KSV are indeed the favourites to win Saturday’s encounter.

KSV vs VFB best players for ECS T10 Kiel 2021 fantasy team

Top tip: Best batsmen

Last season, Shoaib Azam Khan of KSV was a destructive batsman in ECS Kummerfeld as he accumulated 188 runs in seven matches at an average of 31.33. He scored at a strike rate of 197.89 and one can count on him to give excessive fantasy points when he takes the field against VFB.

With Janardhan missing, the best possible option to go with from VFB for a batsman is Sandeep Vasisth. The batsman had scored 92 runs in ECS Kummerfeld last season and was his team’s second-highest run-scorer.

Top tip: Best bowler

KSV are expected to struggle in the bowling department given that most of their star bowlers from ECS Kummerfeld 2020 are unavailable. This makes a certain Israr Khan the player to watch. In five matches last year, he bowled seven overs and took five wickets.

Kaustubh Deshpande of VFB is the safest bet from his team as far as bowlers are concerned. While he could only pick three wickets last year, he kept his economy under 9.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

ECS Kummerfeld was a productive tournament for Mussaddiq Ahmad of KSV. The batsman scored 220 runs in just five games at an average of 74 and a strike rate of almost 250. He scored three half-centuries and also picked five wickets in as many games, including a three-wicket haul. 

For a wicket-keeper, KSV’s Saied Sadat could be the safest option to go with.

KSV vs VFB squads

KSV squad: Chandana Pushpalal, Ahmed Musaddiq, Delawar Khan, Israr Khan, Rajan Sharma, Shoaib Azam, Zaid Hasan, Muhammad Samiullah, Shekib Naibkhel, Sulaiman Kakar, Saied Sadat, Finn Sadarangani, Safiullah Ahmadzai, Imran Khan,  Malith Herath, Avi Soni, Ashish Sharma, Dilraj Singh, Adhyay Datta, Asad Khan, Pratip Datta, Hazrat Said, Noor Wali, Victor Moyo

VFB squad: Mahesh Badhe, Salman Siddiqui, Sandeep Vasisth, Vedant Shetye, Kumar Muthyala, Karthik Bolla, Shivaray Jan, Kaustubh Deshpande, Ram Bhumireddy, Yogesh Pai, Rohit Koul, Adit Shah, Ali Akram, Luky Singh, Sunny Rai, Jatinder Singh

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