Khyber Pakhtunkhwa battle Northern in the first semi-final of the Pakistan T20 Cup 2019. In somewhat extraordinary fashion, the Kyber side managed to just sneak into the top four by securing a win against a Babar Azam-led Central Punjab in their final fixture of the league stages. Meanwhile, Northern finished at the apex of the leaderboard by emerging as the victors over Balochistan in their last encounter, who then had to contend themselves with a second-place finish on the table.
Pakistan T20 Cup
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa vs Northern
23rd October 2019
2:00 PM IST
Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad
Bright sunny conditions with no chances of rain and temperature ranging around 30 degrees Celsius expected during the game.
The surface will be conducive to batting and will improve substantially as the game progresses. During the course of this tournament, mammoth totals have been chased down on this ground with staggering regularity and thus chasing would be the preferred option on winning the toss.
No notable injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
Fakhar Zaman is their most dangerous threat in the batting department and should be duly supported by the likes of Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Rizwan, and Iftikhar Ahmed. Usman Shinwari can make a huge impact with the ball in hand and is set to lead the bowling unit.
Sahibzada Farhan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan (C & WK), Ifthikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Zohaib Khan, Mohammad Mohsin, Usman Khan Shinwari, Imran Khan Jr, Irfanullah Shah, Musadiq Ahmed
Ali Imran is an aggressive batter at the top of the order and the onus will lie on him to provide his side a blazing start to the inning. Rohail Nazir is a dependable custodian behind the stumps as well as an important presence in the middle and will look to anchor the inning whilst the pace duo of Mohammad Amir and Sohail Tanvir can wreak havoc with the ball in hand.
Umar Amin, Ali Imran, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Akhtar, Imad Wasim (C), Rohail Nazir (WK), Mohammad Amir, Musa Khan, Shadab Khan, Sohail Tanvir
Fakhar Zaman set up the victory for his side against Balochistan with an unbeaten knock of 82 from 54 balls and could play a pivotal role for his side in this match. Shadab Khan bagged four wickets in the last game and his all-round abilities make him a must-pick in the Dream11 Team. Ali Imran, Rohail Nazir, and Sohail Tanvir also need to be included in the fantasy side as the trio excels in their respective departments. Moreover, Tanvir has notched nine scalps in the competition and his impressive consistency is the prime reason for his inclusion in the side.
1: Fakhar Zaman
2: Shadab Khan
3: Ali Imran
M Rizwan, Points: 82-84, Grade: A
R Nazir, Points: 78-80, Grade: A
F Zaman, Points: 88-90, Grade: A
U Amin, Points: 70-72, Grade: A
K Shah, Points: 66-68, Grade: A
S Khan, Points: 86-88, Grade: A
I Wasim, Points: 74-76, Grade: A
A Imran, Points: 84-86, Grade: A
M Amir, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
S Tanvir, Points: 66-68, Grade: A
U Shinwari, Points: 56-58, Grade: A
N Shah, Points: 58-60, Grade: A