The 6th match of the National T20 Cup 2019 will be played between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Southern Punjab at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad.
The match starts at 5:30 PM local time (6:00 PM IST) (12:30 PM GMT)
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be up against Southern Punjab in the evening match of the National T20 Cup on Tuesday. The Khyber team started off with a comfortable win in the tournament opener against Balochistan. The opposition’s innings was built on Imam-ul-Haq’s 51-ball 70. Three batsmen in Pakhtunkhwa’s top four got to 30-run mark to help them chase down with 17 balls to spare.
The Southern Punjab, on the other hand, started off win a defeat against Northern team on Monday afternoon. None of Southern Punjab’s line-up got good scores leaving them at 135/9 in 20 overs. Mohammad Irfan’s twin strikes in the powerplay didn’t matter at the end as the chase became easy more than what it looked as the Northern team got good contributions from the top-order.
Yet another clear and sunny day is predicted at the Faisalabad’s Iqbal Stadium. No rain is expected on Tuesday at this venue.
The record for the batting first teams in the night matches is exactly opposite to that of the afternoon games. 170+ totals are a norm in the night fixtures and the chasing teams have done well at the same time.
Average first innings score: 180 (Last 7 night T20 games)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 4
Injury and Availability News:
Mohammad Abbas will need to pass a fitness test to be part of the playing XI.
Probable Playing XIs:
Sahibzada Farhan, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, M Rizwan (C & WK), Adil Amin, Mohammad Mohsin, Khushdil Shah, Zohaib Khan, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Ilyas, Usman Shinwari.
Bench: Israrullah, Umer Khan, Musaddiq Ahmed, Imran Khan JR, Irfanullah Shah.
Shan Masood (C), Umer Siddique (WK), Sami Aslam, Saif Badar, Agha Salman, Sohaib Maqsood, Amir Yamin, Mohammad Irfan, Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz, Zahid Mahmood.
Bench: Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Irfan (LLS), Bilawal Bhatti, Rahat Ali.
Umaid Asif has taken only one wicket in the two games and conceded at more than nine runs an over. He picked up 16 wickets in the previous edition of the T20 Cup which is a point to be noted. Sahibzada Farhan has good records in the shorter format. Iftikhar Ahmed opened the bowling in the first game and had figures of 1/26. He will be looking to make a mark with the bat if given a chance. Adil Amin had good all-round numbers in the previous season.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sahibzada Farhan
Vice-Captain – M Rizwan, Mohammad Mohsin, Adil Amin, Saif Badar
The top-order batsmen in both sides will be crucial as captain or vice-captain.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – M Rizwan
Batsmen – Sahibzada Farhan, Fakhar Zaman (C), Shan Masood, Sohaib Maqsood (VC)
All-Rounders – Amir Yamin, Adil Amin, Mohammad Mohsin
Bowlers – Mohammad Irfan, Usman Shinwari, Zahid Mahmood
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Umer Siddique
Batsmen – Sahibzada Farhan (VC), Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood (C), Sohaib Maqsood
All-Rounders – Iftikhar Ahmed, Amir Yamin, Zohaib Khan
Bowlers – Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz
Shoaib Malik didn’t play the first game after he was travelling after the completion of the CPL. There is no update regarding his availability yet. Mohammad Hafeez also missed the first game but there is no reason known for his absence. There are a minor possibility or one of them playing on Tuesday.
Southern Punjab is expected to bounce back with a win.
*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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