The Balochistan and Northern team will lock horns in the Match 1 of National T20 Cup 2021. The key players of Balochistan team are batsman Haris Sohail and bowler Junaid Khan. While Northern team have the presence of players like Mohamamd Nawaz and Haris Rauf. The Balochistan team will be led by Imam Ul Haq and Northern will be captained by Shadab Khan.
In the last season, the Northern team secured 8 wins in 10 matches and were first in the points table. But they lost the semi-final to the Southern Punjab team. While, the Balochistan team had 4 wins in the same number of league and could not enter the play-offs stage, and would look to improve their performances in this season.
The BAL vs NOR match will be played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. This is the Match 1 of the Pakistan National T20 Cup 2021 and excitement is at its peak with the public also allowed to watch the stadium. This will certainly be the most important tournament for the Pakistan players to get ready for the T20 World Cup 2021.
Fixture Name: Match 1
Competition: Pakistan National T20 Cup 2021
Date: 23 September
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Team Form Guide:
BAL(recent last): L L W
NOR(recent last): L W W
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Pindi
Pitch Report: The match between Balochistan and Northern is scheduled to be played in Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. The pitch is expected to provide fine assistance to the batters amid the hot weather in Pakistan. While, the spinners will be handy with the old ball and can contain runs. Here, in 3 T20Is, all the matches have been won by the team batting second.
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Pakistan 130/2 won by 8 wickets against Zimbabwe 129/9 in Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan 2020.
The selected combination would be 4:7 for BAL:NOR, which is due to the performance of the players in domestic and international cricket. The captain pick for this fixture will be Imam Ul Haq who has been consistent with his contribution for Pakistan, while vice-captain can be Shadab Khan who has ability to contribute in both departments and win the matches.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Rohail Nazir
BATSMEN: Haris Sohail, Imam Ul Haq, Haider Ali, Sohail Akhtar
ALL-ROUNDERS: Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Amad Butt
BOWLERS: Junaid Khan, Sohair Tanvir, Haris Rauf
The Northern team with a good track record and presence of the quality players in their ranks are expected to win this match and start off with a win in the Match 1 of the tournament. While, Balochistan have not been consistent in their performances in the past and would look to rectify their mistakes of the last year and come back harder.
The Balochistan team will look to better their track record in the National T20 Cup. In the last season, they could manage to win only 4 out of 10 matches. The team will bank on their international players like opening batsman Imam Ul Haq and pace bowler Junaid Khan, who have been impressive for the Pakistan team in the international circuit.
Imam was a top scorer in the last year’s National T20 Cup, and was believed to be the sole warrior of the Balochistan team. He will lead the side and mostly should anchor the team’s innings as well with the bat. Imam will wish to have his golden touch of last year back with him. In 9 matches, he scored 375 runs at an average f 53.57 in the 2020 season.
|Imam Ul Haq||9||375||53.57|
One of the potent left-hand bowlers in the Pakistan Cricket circuit will be hopeful for delivering for the team in this season. He has the ability to swing the ball in the power-play overs, and can contain runs and take wickets with reverse-swing in the death overs. In 8 matches of 2020 season, he scalped 10 wickets at an average of 27 and would look to leak less runs.
Captain: Imam Ul Haq
Wicketkeeper: Bismillah Khan
Possible Top Order: Imam Ul Haq, Akif Javed, Haris Sohail, Gohar Faiz
Pace Bowlers: Junaid Khan, Umaid Asif, Amad Butt
Spin Bowlers: Kashif Bhatti, Yasir Shah
The x-factor for the team would be Haris Sohail who has been impressive in the domestic circuit and can perform well in this match against Northern team.
BAL Playing 11 (likely)
1. Imam-ul-Haq (c)
2. Akif Javed
3. Haris Sohail
4. Gohar Faiz
5. Khurram Shahzad
6. Bismillah Khan (wk)
7. Amad Butt
8. Yasir Shah
9. Junaid Khan
10. Kashif Bhatti
11. Umaid Asif
The Northern team have been terrific performers in the domestic circuit and won 8 out of 10 league matches last year. But, they would look to win the championship this time around, and will need special performances of their experienced players, The top picks for the game from NOR will be Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim who have a fine experience in the T20s.
Shadab leads the Northern team, and has been doing it well. He is a good all-rounder with good skills with both the bat and the ball and will have a crucial role to play in the team, and it very much depends on his performance. In 10 matches of 2020 season, he picked up 15 wickets and will be vital to the team’s campaign.
A left handed all-rounder, who can finish off well with the bat, and is a good handy bowler, who can pick wickets when needed. Imad’s contribution is vital to the team’s performance, as he can be a good pick, keeping in mind his value in both the departments. In 230 T20 matches, he has picked up 202 wickets and scored 2057 runs and can be one of the best performers of this match.
Captain: Shadab Khan
Wicketkeeper: Rohail Nazir
Possible Top Order: Rohail Nazir, Ali Imran, Haider Ali, Sohail Akhtar
Pace Bowlers: Musa Khan, Haris Rauf, Sohail Tanvir
Spin Bowlers: Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim
The x-factor for the team would be Sohail Akhtar who has been one of the top batters in the Pakistan Super League and will look to replicate the same performances in the tournament.
NOR Playing 11 (likely)
1. Rohail Nazir (wk)
2. Ali Imran
3. Haider Ali
4. Sohail Akhtar
5. Asif Ali
6. Shadab Khan(c)
7. Imad Wasim
8. Mohammad Nawaz
9. Musa Khan
10. Haris Rauf
11. Sohail Tanvir
Watch Balochistan vs Northern 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 1 of the Pakistan National T20 Cup 2021 with a total of 6 teams participating in the tournament.
The BAL vs NOR 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.