Defending champions Prague CC Kings will take on United CC in the first quarter-final of the ECS T10 Prague 2021 at the Vinor Cricket Ground on Friday, May 14.
The Arun Ashokan-led side has been the most dominant team in Group A, winning six of their eight matches. Their only defeat in the tournament came against Vinohrady CC while the other fixture was abandoned due to rain.
United CC, on the other hand, have struggled throughout the ongoing edition of ECS T10 Prague. They have managed just two wins in eight matches, finishing fourth in Group B.
PCK vs UCC Dream11 prediction
Prague CC Kings will start as overwhelming favourites against United CC in the first ECS T10 Prague quarter-final on Friday. The Kings not only clinched the ECS T10 Prague title last year but they are also the most successful club in Czech cricketing history, having won the T20 league Division 1, three years in succession from 2018-2020. Arun Ashokan’s side is tipped to qualify for another semi-final in their history.
PCK vs UCC best players; picks for ECS T10 Prague fantasy cricket team
Top tip: Best batsmen
Prague CC Kings captain Arun Ashokan has given his side blitzkrieg starts in five of the six matches that he has played in the tournament so far. Ashokan is currently the third-highest run-scorer in the ongoing edition, amassing 190 runs at a strike rate of 160.99. The 28-year-old will once again play an important role for his side with the bat on Friday.
United CC will bank on their lower-order batsman Shyamal Joshi to play another match-winning innings against the defending champions. Joshi is due for a big knock and he is expected to come good against the Kings.
Top tip: Best bowlers
Smit Patel of Prague CC Kings has been the highest wicket-taker in the ongoing edition of ECS T10 Prague. Patel has claimed 11 wickets in eight matches at an economy of 7.90. The defending champions will depend on Patel to get important breakthroughs in the ECS T10 Prague quarter-final.
On the other hand, United CC bowler Mustafa Nawab has been the wrecker-in-chief for his side in the tournament so far. Nawab has scalped seven wickets in eight matches at an economy of 7.81. He is expected to continue his good run against Prague CC Kings on Friday.
Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicketkeeper
Several quality all-rounders will feature in the first quarter-final of ECS T10 Prague. However, picking Prague CC Kings’ talisman Sudesh Wickramasekara in your fantasy team is a no-brainer. Sudesh Wickramasekara has been the leading run-scorer in the ongoing edition, amassing 230 runs in just eight matches at a staggering strike rate of 221.15. Along with the runs, the 38-year-old has also picked four wickets in the T10 tournament so far.
Meanwhile, United’s Abhimanyu Singh will be the preferred choice for the wicket-keeper position. Singh has played some important cameos while opening the batting for his side. Furthermore, the 33-year-old has also been a safe fielder behind the stumps.
PCK vs UCC probable playing XI
Prague CC Kings playing XI: Hilal Ahmad (wicket-keeper), Arun Ashokan (captain), Sudesh Wickramasekara, Kushal Mendon, Sudesh Wickramasekara, Suditha Udugala, Keyur Mehta, Sameera Maduranga, Ali Hassan Sittar, Smit Patel, Charles Croucher
United CC playing XI: Pramod Bagauly (captain), Abhimanyu Singh (wicket-keeper), Ayush Sharma, Piyushsingh Baghel, Mustafa Nawab, Neelesh Pandit, Chetan Sharma, Shyamal Joshi, Amit Pangarkar, Saurabh Awati, Kunal Deshmukh
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