In this match of Italy-Germany, the batsmen of both the teams failed miserably.
The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 has started in Oman and UAE. The matches are being played in the first round of the tournament, in which some smaller and newer teams were successful in making their place through the qualifiers. Like these teams, many new teams are dreaming of joining the next T20 World Cup, including those countries of Europe, where cricket has flourished some time ago. Often exciting matches with small scores are seen between these countries and one such match was played in Almera, Spain, where the batting of both the teams that landed in the field looked very bad. The condition was that the team batting first got the big score. Could not stand, but the other team also could not achieve the easy target.
Qualifiers are being played in different continents for the T20 World Cup to be played next year. Under this, Europe Region Qualifier matches are also being played, where Italy and Germany (Italy vs Germany) clashed on Thursday 21 October. Both these countries, known for their football, are trying to make a name for themselves in cricket and are struggling to get tickets for the T20 World Cup through this qualifier. In such a situation, this match played between the two was largely an equal competition – both in terms of ability and performance.
Strong performance from Germany bowlers
Italy batted first and the team scored only 117 runs in 20 overs. Joy Perera scored the highest 45 runs for Italy, but for this he played 53 balls. Opener Grant Stewart played a strong innings for the team. Stewart batted brilliantly in the powerplay and scored 35 runs in just 22 balls. In his innings, this opener also scored 4 fours and 3 sixes. Apart from these two, no batsman could make a big contribution. Germany bowled very well. For the team, medium pacer Dillon Blignot took 4 wickets for 18 runs in 2 overs, while Ilam Bharti took 3 wickets for 14 runs in 4 overs.
…but the batsmen failed miserably
The target was not very big, but it also proved like a mountain for the German batsmen. The team was seen facing trouble in batting very slow and increasing the run rate. Germany’s top order looked absolutely breathless and the first 6 batsmen were settled after scoring just 57 runs in 15 overs. The top order of the team chasing the target was a complete flop and no batsman could bat with a strike rate of 100 or more.
After this, Dieter Kline and Sahir Naqash, who came to the crease, tried their best to take the team to victory by batting fast, but they could not succeed. In 20 overs, Germany’s team could score only 116 runs for the loss of only 6 wickets and lost the match by 1 run. Kline scored 28 runs in 18 balls (3 sixes, 1 four) and Sahir scored 21 runs (3 fours) in 15 balls. Both added 59 runs for the seventh wicket, which was insufficient.
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