The first match of the day sees Balochistan take on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at Rawalpindi as part of the ongoing National T20 Cup. Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are off to a good start in the league as they have notched three and four victories in their respective five matches.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa come into this game on the back of a victory against Central Punjab whereas Balochistan lost to Northern in their previous game. Khyber are proving to be too hot to handle in the league, having put up 200+ scores on multiple occasions. The Mohammad Rizwan-led side will start the game as favourites.
If Balochistan are to win the game, they will need their in-form batsmen, Imam-ul-Haq and Haris Sohail, to fire. In their previous game, Imam's early departure saw Balochistan unable to put up a good score on the board. It will be an intriguing clash between the two sides at Rawalpindi on Saturday afternoon.
Squads to choose from
Haris Sohail (captain), Bismillah Khan (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Akbar-ur-Rehman, Akif Javed, Ammad Butt, Awais Zia, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Butt, Imran Farhat, Kashif Bhatti, Khurram Shahzad, Taimur Khan, Umaid Asif, Umar Gul, Usama Mir and Yasir Shah.
Mohammad Rizwan (captain, wicketkeeper), Junaid Khan (vice-captain), Arshad Iqbal, Asif Afridi, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imran Khan Snr, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Haris (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Mohsin, Sahibzada Farhan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Usman Khan Shinwari, Wahab Riaz and Zohaib Khan.
Predicted Playing XIs
Awais Zia, Imam-ul-Haq, Umaid Asif, Harris Sohail, Bismillah Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Yasir Shah, Akbar-ur-Rehman, Umar Gul, Usama Mir and Akif Javed.
Fakhar Zaman, Sahibzada Farhan, Mohammad Rizwan,, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Mohsin, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Shinwari and Junaid Khan.
Match: Balochistan vs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Date: 10th October at 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Pindi Club Ground, Rawalpindi
The Pindi Club Ground has a neutral strip that offers support to both batsmen and bowlers. Teams have chosen to defend a target rather than chasing them down so far at the venue. The pitch has slowed down as the game has progressed in the past. It is wiser for the teams to bat first after winning the toss in a day fixture.
National T20 Cup Dream 11 Fantasy suggestions
Fantasy Suggestion #1: M Rizwan, M Hafeez, F Zaman, H Sohail, Imran-Butt, Iftikhar Ahmad, Amad Butt, M Mohsin, S Afridi, W Riaz and Y Shah.
Captain: M Hafeez Vice-captain: M Rizwan
Fantasy Suggestion #2: B Khan, M Hafeez, F Zaman, I Haq, Imran-Butt, Iftikhar Ahmad, Amad Butt, Akbar-ur-Rehman, S Afridi, W Riaz and Y Shah.
Captain: I Haq Vice-captain: B Khan