Faisalabad, 13th October at 10:00 AM IST
The revamped 17th edition of Pakistan's National T20 Cup is here and the first match of this season will see Balochistan colliding against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Faisalabad. Unlike the last year which saw 8 teams competing for one glory, this time around there will be 6 teams clocking horns against each other in a round-robin format.
This would be the debut season for both these sides and both teams would be looking to leave an impact right from the very first game. Haris Sohail the middle-order batsman will lead Balochistan, whereas, wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan who is craving for a place in the national side will be leading Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Here is the BAL vs KHP Dream11 Today match prediction.
Also Read: Pakistan T20 Cup: Squads of all six teams
This would be the first instance when these two sides will lock horns against each other.
The dryness of the wicket will assist the batsman upfront. In the afternoon the spinners might come into play but it is going to be a batsman day out.
Haris Sohail will be leading this unit.
Veteran Imran Farhat will be opening the innings for Balochistan along with Imam-ul-Haq who is the current opener of Pakistan.
Hussain Talat and skipper Haris Sohail will follow up the openers.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah is not available for the first few games.
Umar Gul and Mohammad Asghar will lead the bowling attack.
Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan will be leading the side.
Fakhar Zaman will be opening the innings for Khyber along with Sahibzada Farhan.
Iftikhar Ahmed will be handy with both bat and ball.
Usman Khan Shinwari, Junaid Khan and Imran Khan Jr will be leading the bowling unit.
Haris Sohail (c), Hussain Talat, Awais Zia, Shahbaz Khan, Taimur Khan, Mohammad Asghar, Muhammad Talha, Ali Shafiq, Ammad Butt, Imam-ul-Haq, Umar Gul, Tasir Shah, Imran Farhat, Akif Javed, Imran Butt, Bismillah Khan.
M Rizwan (C & WK), Usman Shinwari, Fakhar Zaman, Sahibzada Farhan, Junaid Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Adil Amin, Musaddiq Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Israrullah, Umer Khan, Mohammad Mohsin, Zohaib Khan, M Ilyas, Imran Khan JR, Irfanullah Shah.
Balochistan Playing 11-
Bismillah Khan/Imran Butt, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Awais Zia, Imran Farhat, Shahbaz Khan, Hussain Talat, Ammad Butt, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asghar, Muhammad Talha.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Playing 11-
Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Sahibzada Farhan, Israrullah, Musaddiq Ahmed, Iftikhar Ahmed, Adil Amin, Zohaib Khan, Usman Khan Shinwari, Junaid Khan, Imran Khan Jr.
Fantasy picks from Balochistan
Opener Imam-ul-Haq has scored 150 runs in his last 5 T20 innings which include 2 fifty-plus scores.
Imran Farhat has scored 1538 runs in domestic T20's which include 8 fifties and two centuries.
All-rounder Hussain Talat has scored 1534 runs from 68 T20s with his best score being 80*. He also has scalped 27 wickets.
Veteran pacer Umar Gul has scalped 7 wickets from his last 4 T20s. He has 211 wickets to his name from 154 matches.
Fantasy picks from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Skipper Mohammad Rizwan has amassed 1248 runs from 67 innings in T20s which include 4 fifties.
Opener Fakhar Zaman's recent T20I form has not been great. This would be a great opportunity for him to get back into form.
All-rounder Adil Amin would be one to watch out. He scored 211 runs at an average of 70.33 in the first phase of the four-day Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. In T20's, he has amassed 794 runs from 42 matches.
Usman Khan Shinwari has 13 wickets from 16 T20Is.
Wicket-keeper: B Khan
Batsmen: Imam-ul-Haq (c), Imran Farhat, Fakhar Zaman, S Farhan (vc)
All-rounders: A Amin, Amad Butt
Bowlers: Junaid Khan, Imran Khan Jr, Umar Gul, M Talha
Other captain/vice-captain options: Amad Butt, Junaid Khan, Imran Farhat
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Disclaimer: Management can take late decisions depending on the match situation. The fantasy teams which we have produced here of BAL vs KHP Dream11 are the best of our interest and depending on the credit scores of the players.