Norway (NOR) will lock horns with Sweden (SWE) in the Group A Eliminator of the European Cricket Championship T10 2021 at the Cartama Oval in Malaga on Friday, September 17.
Both Norway and Sweden registered four wins and three defeats in eight matches in the group phase. Interestingly, the match between these two sides was abandoned due to rain earlier in the group encounter. Both NOR and SWE finished with nine points each. However, Norway ended in third place ahead of fourth-placed Sweden due to a better net run-rate.
NOR vs SWE Dream11 prediction
Norway are the top-ranked side in Group A, currently placed 39th in the ICC T20 men’s rankings. The Raza Iqbal-led side was in fine form in the recently concluded Tri-Series in August in Germany as they smashed the highest score in the T20I tournament before losing to eventual champions Germany. On the other hand, Sweden are placed 45th in the rankings and will head into the Eliminator as an underdog.
NOR vs SWE Dream11 tips for European Cricket Championship 2021
Top Tip: Best batsman
Sweden’s Rahel Khan will be the batsman to watch out for in the ECC T10 Group Eliminator. Khan has scored 164 runs in eight matches at a strike rate of 202.46 and is the second-highest run-getter in the tournament so far. The right-handed batsman will look to play another match-winning innings for Sweden.
Top Tip: Best bowler
Vinay Ravi of Norway has been one of the standout bowlers in the T10 tournament so far. The right-arm pacer has bagged nine wickets in eight matches at an economy of 8.63. Ravi is tipped to add more wickets to his tally in the Eliminator.
Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper
As far as all-rounders are concerned, picking Azam Khalil in your fantasy cricket team is a no-brainer. The off-break bowler has been the destroyer-in-chief for Sweden in ECC T10 2021 and has picked 12 wickets in eight matches at a strike rate of 6.50. The veteran all-rounder has also scored 78 runs in the tournament. Khalil is expected to play an important role both with the bat and the ball in the must-win encounter.
For the wicket-keeper spot, one must pick Norway’s Khizer Ahmed ahead of Ismaeel Zia of Sweden due to his match-winning abilities with the bat. Ahmed is currently the leading run-scorer in the ongoing T10 tournament, amassing 168 runs in eight matches at an impressive strike rate of 236.62. The 29-year-old is tipped to continue his rich vein of form in the high-profile encounter on Friday.
NOR vs SWE probable playing XI
NOR playing XI (probable): Raza Iqbal (captain), Khizer Ahmed (wicket-keeper), Suhail Iftikhar, Walid Ghauri, Ali Tafseer, Hayatullah Niazi, Wahidullah Sahak, Muhammad Sher Sahak, Waqas Ahmed, Prithvi Bhart, Vinay Ravi
SWE playing XI (probable): Rahel Khan, Rahel Khan, Azam Khalil, Imal Zuwak, Abhijit Venkatesh (captain), Sami Rahmani, Qudratullah Mir Afzal, Zabi Zahid, Ismaeel Zia (wicket-keeper), Humayun Kabir Jyoti, Oktai Gholami
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