The 4th match of the National T20 Cup 2019 will be played between Balochistan and Sindh at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad.
The match starts at 5:30 PM local time (6:00 PM IST) (12:30 PM GMT)
Balochistan didn’t have greatest of starts to the National T20 Cup 2019 as they succumbed to a 7-wicket defeat in the tournament opener against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Imam-ul-Haq scored a 51-ball 70 for Balochistan who batted first. Another opener Awais Zia also scored 31 but no other batsman crossing 20 saw them getting limited to just 140/9.
The 141-run target was chased down in 17.1 overs the Khyber team. They will now take on Sindh who is fresh of a big run-chase against Central Punjab. Babar Azam’s unbeaten hundred took Central Punjab team to 188/3 in their 20 overs. A collective effort with the bat saw Sindh chase down the target after losing seven wickets and with one ball to spare.
A little cold yet clear weather is expected in Faisalabad for Monday. There won’t be any chances of rain but the dew could come down in the 2nd half of the match.
The 2nd game on Sunday began as late as 8:00 PM local time which would quicken up the surface on which a game was played. As a result, Sindh chased down the target of 188. We might not see such big targets getting chased down but the matches under floodlights offer a lot of
Average first innings score: 171 (Last 6 night T20 games)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 3
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Imam-ul-Haq, Awais Zia, Hussain Talat, Haris Sohail (C), Imran Farhat, Bismillah Khan (WK), Amad Butt, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Umar Gul, Akif Javed.
Bench: Mohammad Talha, Ali Shafiq, Imran Butt, Shahbaz Khan, Taimur Khan.
Abid Ali, Khurram Manzoor, Saad Ali, Asad Shafiq (C), Sarfaraz Ahmed (WK), Saud Shakeel, Anwar Ali, Kashif Bhatti, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Hasnain, Sohail Khan.
Bench: Omair Bin Yousuf, Mirza Ahsan Jameel, Fawad Alam, Ahsan Ali, Waleed Ahmed.
Saad Ali didn’t play the first game but is expected to play the second match. He averaged 91.5 with the bat in the last season by scoring 183 runs across four innings. Amad Butt took 16 wickets in the 2018/19 National T20 Cup at an impressive average of 12.06. He got to bowl only two overs on Sunday but managed to pick a wicket. Awais Zia scored 237 runs with help of one fifty during the previous edition. He scored a 27-ball 31 while opening the innings in the first game.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Haris Sohail, Khurram Manzoor, Asad Shafiq, Imam-ul-Haq
Vice-Captain – Awais Zia, Hussain Talat, Amad Butt, Mohammad Hasnain
One of the opening batsmen Khurram Manzoor and Imam-ul-Haq will be perfect as captain.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Bismillah Khan
Batsmen – Imam-ul-Haq (C), Awais Zia, Khurram Manzoor
All-Rounders – Saud Shakeel, Asad Shafiq (VC), Amad Butt
Bowlers – Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Asghar, Umar Gul, Mohammad Hasnain
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Bismillah Khan
Batsmen – Awais Zia, Haris Sohail (C), Khurram Manzoor (VC), Saad Ali
All-Rounders – Saud Shakeel, Asad Shafiq, Amad Butt
Bowlers – Kashif Bhatti, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Hasnain
With quite a lot of players valuing at least 9 credits, only one of Imam-ul-Haq and Haris Sohail can be picked. Lack of players of 8 credits for this game makes it even tough to pick any player with is listed with 9.5 credits.
Balochistan is likely to bounce back after the defeat in the first game.
*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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