Oeiras (OEI) will take on Gorkha 11 (GOR) in the opening match of ECS T10 Cartaxo 2021 at the Cartaxo Cricket Ground in Portugal on Monday, September 6.

Under captain Jiteshkumar Balkrisna, Oeiras came fourth at the previous edition of the European Cricket Series Cartaxo. While OEI have been consistent performers in the group stages, they have failed to win a game in the knockout stages. Oeiras will aim to go one step further and clinch the coveted ECS title this time around.

On the other hand, Gorkha 11 (playing as Rossio CC) won the bronze final in ECS T10 Cartaxo last season. The Madhukar Thapa-led GOR have an impressive win-loss record of 15-4 in all ECN matches. 

OEI vs GOR Dream11 prediction

Gorkha 11 defeated Oeiras by five runs to win the ECS T10 Cartaxo bronze final last year. Furthermore, Oeiras suffered a Golden Ball defeat to the same opposition in the group stages. Going by recent head-to-head record, Gorkha 11 will start as favourites against Oeiras on Monday.

OEI vs GOR Dream11 team tips for ECS T10 Cartaxo

Top Tip: Best batsman

Conrad Greenshields of Oeiras was the leading run-scorer in the last edition of the ECS T10 Cartaxo, amassing 242 runs in seven matches at a strike rate of 193.60 while also maintaining an average of 40.33. The 37-year-old will look to continue from where he left off in the opening match of ECS T10 Cartaxo 2021.

Top Tip: Best bowler

In the bowling department, Rahul Bhardwaj was the wrecker-in-chief for Gorkha 11 in ECS T10 Cartaxo 2020. The medium-pacer picked nine wickets in seven matches at an economy of 7.07. Bhardwaj is likely to trouble the Oeiras’ batting line-up on Monday.

Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

In terms of all-rounders, one must pick Gorkha 11’s Imran Khan in their fantasy cricket team. The veteran all-rounder scored 150 runs and picked seven wickets in as many matches in the last edition of ECS T10 Cartaxo. 

For the wicket-keeper spot, Kuldeep Gholiya will be the preferred choice over Suman Ghimire due to his better batting credentials. 

OEI vs GOR full squads

OEI squad: Jiteshkumar Balkrisna (captain), Kuldeep Gholiya (wicket-keeper), Amandeep, Conrad Greenshields, Fakhrul Hussain, Jai Mandhan, John Foster, Joseph Frost, Kapil Surendrakumar, Krut Patel, Kumar Rohit, Michael Harris, Nishank Popat, Nishant Prakash, Parth Jounjat, Paulo Buccimazza, Prince Maratha, Ranjit Narayan, Shayaddur Rahman, Silkesh Deuchande, Sunil Kumar

GOR squad: Madhukar Thapa (captain), Suman Ghimire (wicket-keeper), Absar Alam, Amandeep Ghumman, Amandeep Singh, Anurag Paudel, Arslan Naseem, Binit Singh, Binod Gyawali, Charanjeet Singh, Faizal Rahim, Harjit Bhatia, Imran Khan, Jagroop Singh, Keroon Kandel, Lakshman KC, MD Shofiqul Islam, Manjit Singh, Mohsin Butt, Parveen Singh, Rahul Bhardwaj, Rahul Biswokarma, Rahul Hudda, Rinku Singh, Saddam Akbory, Shubham Bhatia, Sripal Matta, Suman Kunwar, Utsab Karki

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