The Balochistan and Central Punjab team will lock horns in the Match 4 of National T20 Cup 2021. The key players of Balochistan team are Akbar Ur Rehman and Amad Butt. While Central Punjab team will rely on the contributions of Wahab Riaz and Kamran Akmal. The Balochistan team will be captained by Imam Ul Haq and Central Punjab will be led by Babar Azam.
The both teams played their first fixture yesterday and lost as well, and would look to improve their performances. The Balochistan team will look to boast the stronger batting side in this match, while Central Punjab would look to bowl well in the death overs of this fixture in the presence of experienced players who are also playing for the national team.
The Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium will host the BAL vs CEP match, which will be the second fixture of the day. This match will surely bring in more crowd due to the presence of international players like Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, and Haris Rauf, who also need to keep getting better ahead of the T20 World Cup scheduled in October.
Fixture Name: Match 4
Competition: Pakistan National T20 Cup 2021
Date: 24 September
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Team Form Guide:
BAL(recent last): L L W
CEP(recent last): L L W
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Pindi
Pitch Report: The match between Balochistan and Central Punjab will be played in Pindi, which is known to support the fast bowlers with the new as well as old, which was on display on the first day of the tournament as well. While, the batters will also get help from the purchase, as they get used to the pitches on this venue. Here, the par score will be 165.
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Khyber Pakhtunwa 187/5 won by 36 runs against Central Punjab 131/9 in National T20 Cup 2021.
The selected combination would be 5:6 for BAL:CEP. The both teams lost their first league match, and the batters will play a main role in this fightback. The captain pick will be Babar Azam who couldn’t convert his starts in the last game, but is an established player. The vice-captain can be Muhammad Akhlaq who was impressive with the bat in the last game.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Kamran Akmal, Muhammad Akhlaq
BATSMEN: Imam Ul Haq, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam
ALL-ROUNDERS: Akbar Ur Rehman, Amad Butt, Kashif Bhatti
BOWLERS: Junaid Khan, Usman Qadir, Junaid Khan
The Central Punjab team is expected to win this fixture due to the better balance of the team, and their bowlers are better equipped to handle pressure than the competitors. While, Balochistan looked out of touch with the bat in the last game and would have to improve their batting performance as well. This game is expected to be a close encounter between both the teams.
The Balochistan team will look to improve their performance in this game after a loss in their first league match, where they could post only 139 runs on the board, and Amad Butt was the key contributor of the team with the bat. While, bowlers could not help defend the below par score on this pitch. The best picks for this match will be Imam Ul Haq and Amad Butt.
The experienced player has been terrific in the T20 format with his contributions at the top-order. Although, he could not contribute in the first league match, but remains one of the best picks for this match. In 71 T20 appearances, Imam Ul Haq has amassed 1988 runs at an average of 33.13 and would be vital for the team’s campaign.
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The bowling all-rounder is touted to be one of the brightest talent in the Pakistan domestic cricket. His stable mindset and clear intent was on display in the last league match, where he helped the team to post a respectable total of 139 on the board by scoring 34 off 24 balls. In the 2nd half, he even picked up a single wicket, but it was not enough for the team to go past the opposition.
Captain: Imam Ul Haq
Wicketkeeper: Bismillah Khan
Possible Top Order: Imam Ul Haq, Abdul Bangalzai, Bismillah Khan, Akbar Ur Rehman
Pace Bowlers: Junaid Khan, Umaid Asif, Amad Butt
Spin Bowlers: Kashif Bhatti, Yasir Shah
The x-factor for BAL can be Yasir Shah who is a proven performer with the ball, and can play a vital role in helping the team to win the match.
BAL Playing 11 (likely)
1. Imam-ul-Haq (c)
2. Abdul Bangalzai
3. Bismillah Khan (wk)
4. Akbar Ur Rehman
5. Ayaz Tasawwar
6. Amad Butt
7. Kashif Bhatti
8. Umaid Asif
9. Yasir Shah
10. Akif Javed
11. Junaid Khan
The Central Punjab are a star-studded, and one of the most balanced side in the tournament. But they could win their last league match and would look to rectify their mistakes in bowling department and perform well. The team gave away 189 runs, which is way above par total on this ground. Then the team fell short by 36 runs in the 2nd half. The top picks for this game will be Hasan Ali and Muhammad Akhlaq.
The fast bowler has been terrific since his debut for the Pakistan national team and has been taking wickets consistently across all the formats. In the last league match, Hasan scalped 3 wickets and was pick of the bowlers for the team. Going ahead in the tournament, he needs to maintain the same performance to win matches for the team. In 124 T20 matches, he has 165 wickets to his name.
The top-order batsman was impressive in the last league match with his contribution of 62 off 35 balls. Although his knock could not take the team home, but the team must be assured of the batting talent in the youngsters of the team. In 15 T20 matches, Akhlaq has scored 266 runs and would look to improve this record by maintaining consistency in his performances.
Captain: Babar Azam
Wicketkeeper: Kamran Akmal
Possible Top Order: Babar Azam, Kamran Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Muhammad Akhlaq
Pace Bowlers: Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Faheem Ashraf
Spin Bowlers: Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Usman Qadir
The x-factor for the team would be Hussain Talat who is a talented middle-order batsman and has the ability to stabilize as well as play aggressive cricket and win the match for the team.
CEP Playing 11 (likely)
1. Kamran Akmal (wk)
2. Babar Azam (c)
3. Ahmed Shehzad
4. Muhammad Akhlaq
5. Hussain Talat
6. Faheem Ashraf
7. Hasan Ali
8. Wahab Riaz
9. Ahmed Safi Abdullah
10. Usman Qadir
11. Waqas Maqsood
Watch Balochistan vs Central Punjab National T20 Cup 2021 Live score and streaming on Pakistan Cricket YouTube Channel. All the news updates and stats related to the National T20 Cup will be available on the Pakistan Cricket Board official website. This will be the Match 4 of the Pakistan National T20 Cup 2021 with a total of 6 teams participating in the tournament.
The BAL vs CEP match will not be broadcast on Indian Television Channel, as none of the sports channels have bought the rights for the broadcast. The ball-to-ball commentary and live streaming action will be available on the Pakistan Cricket YouTube Channel. The vaccinated individuals can buy the National Cup T20 2021 tickets and can watch the match in the stadium.