Balochistan squares off against Southern Punjab in the second semi-final of the Pakistan T20 Cup 2019 with a spot in the final of the tournament up for grabs. Both sides boasted good records in the league stages and are strong outfits with a number of fine individuals in their ranks. The Southern Punjab side enters this game on the back of a convincing triumph over Sindh whilst Balochistan fell to a defeat in their final fixture against Northern.
Pakistan T20 Cup
Balochistan vs Southern Punjab
23rd October 2019
6:00 PM IST
Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad
Clear conditions with absolutely no chances of rain and temperature ranging around 26 degrees Celsius expected during the game.
The surface will be a belter for the batsmen and will only get better as the match progresses, thus a high-scoring, riveting contest could be on the cards.
No major injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
The opening duo of Imam-ul-Haq and Awais Zia hold the key at the top and will have to provide a solid foundation for their side whilst the likes of Haris Sohail, Amad Butt, and Hussain Talat are adept at supplying the necessary acceleration in the later stages of the inning. Umar Gul is the leader of the bowling attack and his immense experience will prove to be invaluable in such a high-stakes encounter.
Imam-ul-Haq, Awais Zia, Bismillah Khan (WK), Imran Butt, Haris Sohail (C), Amad Butt, Hussain Talat, Akif Javed, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Saif Badar, Umar Gul
Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik are specialists in this format of the game and the duo will be central to their side’s fortunes of progressing to the finals of the competition. Besides, Wahab Riaz has arguably been their most consistent performer in the tournament and is a genuine match-winner for his side with both bat and bowl. Elsewhere, Mohammad Irfan and Zahid Mahmood are set to play a crucial role with the bowl in hand.
Shan Masood (C), Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, Umar Siddiq (WK), Aamer Yamin, Bilawal Bhatti, Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Irfan
The Balochistan pairing of Imam-ul-Haq and Awais Zia have amassed 172 and 217 runs respectively and should be backed to continue their excellent run-scoring form in this game. Wahab Riaz is a mandatory pick considering his exhilarating pinch-hitting prowess and incredible knack of wicket-taking. Mohammad Hafeez is a must-have in the Dream11 Team as he opens the batting and also picked up a four-fer in the previous fixture demonstrating his proficiency in both departments of the game.
1: Awais Zia
2: Wahab Riaz
3: Mohammad Hafeez
B Khan, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
S Maqsood, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
A Zia, Points: 86-88, Grade: A
Imam-ul-Haq, Points: 78-80, Grade: A
M Hafeez, Points: 80-82, Grade: A
A Butt, Points: 78-80, Grade: A
A Yamin, Points: 58-60, Grade: A
W Riaz, Points: 82-84, Grade: A
A Javed, Points: 52-54, Grade: A
Z Mehmood, Points: 56-58, Grade: A
M Asghar, Points: 58-60, Grade: A