The 3rd match of the Pakistan Cup 2021 will be played between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Central Punjab at the National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex in Karachi.
The match is scheduled to start at 9:30 AM local time (10:00 AM IST).
The Pakistani senior team had a very difficult time in New Zealand, as they lost 2 of 3 T20Is and both the Tests. The gulf in quality between the two sides was evident, but on a positive note, their ‘A’ side played some good cricket in their separate tour.
The Pakistan A team won 1 unofficial Test and 2 unofficial T20s in New Zealand, as a few upcoming stars showcased their quality. Many more of such upcoming stars will get a platform to express their talent, when they will take part in the upcoming Pakistan Cup. 6 teams will compete in a total of 30 league phase matches before the knockouts. In the third game of Day 1, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be up against Central Punjab.
KHP vs CEP Weather Report for Match 3:
The temperature will be around 14 °C at the start of the game, but it will rise to 23 °C around 3 PM. There are no chances of rain.
Though the pitch swung a bit towards the bowlers in the recently-concluded Second XI trophy, this a pretty balanced track with enough help for both batsmen and bowlers.
Average first innings score:
234 (5 Pakistan Cup Second XI Trophy 2020 matches played at this venue)
Record of chasing teams:
Won – 3, Lost – 2, Tie – 0
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Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
KHP vs CEP Today’s Probable Playing XIs:
Khalid Usman (C), Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khan Shinwari, Adil Amin, Asif Afridi, Sajid Khan, Kamran Ghulam, Rehan Afridi (WK), Sahibzada Farhan, Israrullah, Musadiq Ahmed.
Arshad Iqbal, Imran Khan Snr, Irfanullah Shah, Mohammad Mohsin, Mohammad Wasim Jnr.
Hasan Ali (C), Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Ali Zaryab Asif, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Saad, Qasim Akram, Usman Salahuddin, Saad Nasim, Sohaibullah, Ali Shan (WK), Waqas Maqsood.
Ahmed Bashir, Bilawal Iqbal, Muhammad Akhlaq, Rizwan Hussain, Tayyab Tahir.
KHP vs CEP Top Picks for Today’s Dream11 Match:
Kamran Ghulam was in amazing form in the recently-concluded Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. Plying his trade for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he scored 1249 runs which included 5 centuries and as many half-centuries.
Another player who was in sublime form with the bat in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy was Usman Salahuddin. He scored 924 runs at an average of over 45.
Fakhar Zaman’s career numbers in List A cricket is exceptional. In 98 innings, the left-handed batsman has scored 4560 runs at an average of almost 50.
Hasan Ali, who will lead Central Punjab in this competition, had a great Quaid-e-Azam trophy campaign. He picked up 43 wickets and scored 273 runs.
Like Ali, the opposition skipper Khalid Usman also had a great run in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He scored 519 runs and also picked up 315 wickets.
Sajid Khan was in scintillating form with the ball for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, having picked up 67 wickets in just 11 games. He will hope to carry his great run of form into this competition as well.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Kamran Ghulam, Fakhar Zaman
Vice-Captain Options – Usman Salahuddin, Khalid Usman
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Suggested Playing XI No.1 for KHP vs CEP Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Rehan Afridi
Batters – Fakhar Zaman, Adil Amin, Usman Salahuddin (VC), Mohammad Saad
All-Rounders – Khalid Usman, Kamran Ghulam (C), Saad Nasim
Bowlers – Sajid Khan, Waqas Maqsood, Hasan Ali
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for KHP vs CEP Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Ali Shan
Batters – Fakhar Zaman (C), Usman Salahuddin, Israrullah
All-Rounders – Khalid Usman (VC), Kamran Ghulam, Bilal Asif, Qasim Akram
Bowlers – Sajid Khan, Usman Shinwari, Hasan Ali
Waqas Maqsood bowled brilliantly in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, picking up 41 wickets in 10 games. Costing only 8.5 Cr, he can be a great budget option for your Dream11 Fantasy team.
Today’s KHP vs CEP Probable Winners:
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are expected to win this match.
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