Central Punjab battle Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the first of the final two fixtures of the league phase of the tournament. At this stage, the Khyber side find themselves languishing at the bottom of the points table and are already out of the running for a spot in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, Central Punjab are fifth on the leaderboard with three points in the bag and still have a chance to qualify for the knock-outs, albeit a faint one. They will have to beat their opponents by a substantial margin to stay alive in the competition whereas Khyber have little left to play for apart from their pride and prospect of not finishing at the bottom.
Central Punjab vs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
22nd October 2019
2:00 PM IST
Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad
Clear Sunny conditions with no chances of rain and temperature ranging around 33 degrees Celsius expected during the course of the game.
The surface will be on the slower side and difficult to bat on in the early stages of the game. However, it gets easier for stroke-play as the match progresses and thus chasing would be the preferred option on winning the toss.
No notable injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
Despite possessing spectacular talents like Babar Azam and Ahmed Shehzad in their ranks, the Central Punjab side has struggled to get going in this tournament. In this do or die contest, they will need their two best players to be on their A-game and help propel them into the knock-stages of the competition.
Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam (C), Kamran Akmal (WK), Umar Akmal, Rizwan Hussain, Saad Nasim, Faheem Ashraf, Usman Qadir, Bilal Asif, Waqas Maqsood, Naseem Shah.
Considering they have been knocked out of the competition, the Khyber side may look to experiment and offer their fringe players a chance to feature in their final match. Hence, there lies a bit of uncertainty surrounding the make-up of the team that takes the field in this contest. Nonetheless, Fakhar Zaman will have a crucial role to play in the batting department whereas Junaid Khan should handle the bowling responsibilities.
Fakhar Zaman, Israrullah, Adil Amin, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Rizwan (C & WK), Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Mohsin, Musadiq Ahmed, Mohammad Ilyas, Junaid Khan, Usman Shinwari
Babar Azam and Ahmed Shehzad have both plundered a ton in this competition and are must-haves ahead of this encounter. Either of them could be handed the role of captaincy or vice-captaincy in the Dream11 Team. For Khyber, Mohammad Rizwan scored a half-century (52) at a healthy strike rate of 148.57 in the previous fixture and should be included in the fantasy side. Faheem Ashraf and Fakhar Zaman are the other advisable picks in the team.
1: Babar Azam
2: Ahmed Shehzad
3: Mohammad Rizwan
M Rizwan, Points: 82-84, Grade: A
B Azam, Points: 88-90, Grade: A
K Shah, Points: 70-72, Grade: A
A Shehzad, Points: 86-88, Grade: A
F Zaman, Points: 78-80, Grade: A
M Mohsin, Points: 74-76, Grade: A
F Ashraf, Points: 78-80, Grade: A
U Shinwari, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
W Maqsood, Points: 66-68, Grade: A
J Khan, Points: 56-58, Grade: A
N Shah, Points: 58-60, Grade: A