The 1st Semi-Final of the National T20 Cup 2019 will be played between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Northern at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad.
The match starts at 1:30 PM local time (2:00 PM IST) (8:30 AM GMT)
The weather forecast for the Iqbal Stadium is all clear with minimal chances of rain. While there will be some cloud cover and humidity, it should be a pleasant day for a good game of cricket.
A low scoring game was witnessed on Monday as Southern Punjab successfully defended their total of 148. We might see a fresh pitch for the knockouts. Usually, the batting second team gets to chase targets around 150 more often and hence they win comfortably in broad daylight here.
Average first innings score: 165 (Six Afternoon games in the tournament)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 1
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Sahibzada Farhan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan (C & WK), Ifthikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Zohaib Khan, Mohammad Mohsin, Usman Khan Shinwari, Imran Khan Jr, Irfanullah Shah, Musadiq Ahmed.
Bench: Israrullah, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Ilyas, Umar Khan, Sameen Gul.
Umar Amin, Ali Imran, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Akhtar, Imad Wasim (C), Rohail Nazir (WK), Mohammad Amir, Musa Khan, Shadab Khan, Sohail Tanvir.
Bench: Naveed Malik, Haris Rauf, Zaid Alam, Hammad Azam, Haider Ali.
Mohammad Nawaz has scored 97 runs and picked up two wickets. His all-round abilities are a worth-while option as he was promoted up the order on a couple of occasions. Umar Amin is one of the most consistent players in the league with 163 runs to his name. With four 30+ scores in five games, he looks good for more. Similarly, Fakhar Zaman sprung back to form with a sensational 82 to earn Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s spot in this semi-final. His form bodes well for Khyber coming into this game.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz, Umar Amin
Vice-Captain – Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Mohammad Rizwan (C)
Batsmen – Umar Amin (VC), Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, Fakhar Zaman
All-Rounders – Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Mohsin
Bowlers – Usman Khan Shinwari, Mohammad Amir, Musa Khan
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Mohammad Rizwan
Batsmen – Fakhar Zaman (VC), Sohail Akthar, Umar Amin
All-Rounders – Mohammad Nawaz (C), Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Mohsin
Bowlers – Sohail Tanvir, Usman Khan Shinwari, Musa Khan
Mohammad Nawaz is a floater in the Northern side and is promoted up the order based on the situation. Nevertheless, he is a viable option for the Dream11 team. With a number of bowlers rated at 9 credits, Musa Khan is a dependable pick for this game with his pace being a key asset to the team.
The Northern team is expected to make it to the final.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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