The Balochistan and Southern Punjab team will lock horns in the Match 7 of National T20 Cup 2021. The core players of Southern Punjab team are Mohammad Imran and Naseem Shah. While Balochistan team will require the contributions of Kashif Bhatti and Junaid Khan. The Balochistan team will be led by Imam Ul Haq and Sohaib Maqsood captains the Southern Punjab team.
The both teams have featured in 2 matches and have not been able to secure a win. In their last league, Balochistan lost to Central Punjab by 2 wickets, while Southern Punjab lost to Khyber Pakhtunwa by 7 wickets. It will be a crucial match for both the teams to bag a win and open their account in the 2021 tournament.
The famous Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium will be the host for the BAL vs SOP match. The same ground will be the home ground until 3rd October, which can be specifically called as the Round 1. This will be the 3rd fixture for both teams in the Pakistan National T20 Cup 2021, and nerves will all be settled and we will have an interesting match in our hand.
Fixture Name: Match 7
Competition: Pakistan National T20 Cup 2021
Date: 26 September
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Team Form Guide:
BAL(recent last): L L W
SOP(recent last): L L W
Standings: BAL 6 , SOP 5
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Pindi
Pitch Report: The match between Balochistan and Southern Punjab will be played in Rawalpindi. The pitch has been supporting the fast bowlers in containing runs and taking wickets in a consistent manner, and there isn’t much for spinners. The batters have enjoyed their stay at the crease, and the par score is 150, and the bowlers have to be pitch-perfect.
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Sindh 140/6 won by 4 wickets against Northern 136/10 in Match 6 of National T20 Cup 2021.
The selected combination is 6 players from Balochistan, and 5 players from Southern Punjab are selected. The both teams will require spirited efforts from their batters to perform well, and the captain would be the batter. The captain pick for your fantasy team will be Khushdil Shah who is a talented youngster in international cricket, while vice-captain can be Kashif Bhatti who has displayed fine performances in both departments.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Zeeshan Ashraf
BATSMEN: Imam Ul Haq, Sohaib Maqsood, Khushdil Shah, Abdul Bangalzai
ALL-ROUNDERS: Aamer Yamin, Amad Butt, Kashif Bhatti
BOWLERS: Junaid Khan, Naseem Shah, Akif Javed
The Balochistan team are expected to win this crucial fixture and go up in the points table. The team has the presence of talented all-rounders and have a better bowling attack than the competitors. While, the Southern Punjab team have to rely on their experienced batters to score runs at a brisk manner and give enough runs to the defend to their bowlers.
The Balochistan team will look to improve their performances and count on their all-rounders to get the much needed win. In the last league match, the team could post 142 runs on the board, with the contributions from Kashif Bhatti and Umaid Asif. While, Akif Javed, Junaid Khan, and Kashif were impressive but couldn’t take the team home. The top picks from BAL will be Kashif and Amad Butt.
The experienced player has been one of the most consistent performer in both the departments. Kashif has been leading the bowling charts in the domestic cricket and has ability pick wickets by his pitch-perfect line-lengths. In the 2021 season, Kashif has scored 51 runs and has 3 wickets to his name. His performance in the last league match is likely to keep him upbeat.
The bowling all-rounder also has a fine experience in the domestic cricket and will be the backbone of the team in the lower-order and has been executing yorkers well in the death overs. He contributed in both departments in the first league match and was economical with the ball in the last league match as well. In this tournament, Amad has scored 45 runs and picked 1 wicket.
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 Umaid Asif who has been impressive in the domestic cricket and would look to contribute in both departments in the fixture against SOP.
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 Souther Punjab have lost both their league matches, and it is of utmost importance they get on track and open their account. The team’s experienced players have failed, which has been the main reason for their failures. The team’s top players Sohaib Maqsood, Khushdil Shah, and Azam Khan have not been able to contribute enough, and the bowlers lack an experience and skills. The top picks will be Khushdil and Naseem.
The youngster is one of the brightest talent to come out of the Pakistan cricket in the recent years. He has been been impressive with the ball in the power-play as well as death overs. Naseem has a knack of bowling yorkers at a fine pace and is expected to keep getting better. In the 2021 tournament, he has picked up 3 wickets at an average of 18.33
The player has gained a fine experience in the T20 format, and has played for Pakistan as well. His ball-striking capabilities are second to none, and can accelerate quickly, when the team requires. Although, he has scored only 45 runs at an average of 22.50, his talent and track record don’t do justice to this performances. He can be the best pick of this fixture against BAL.
Captain: Sohaib Maqsood
Wicketkeeper: Azam Khan
Possible Top Order: Zeeshan Ashraf, Sohaib Maqsood, Khushdil Shah, Zain Abbas
Pace Bowlers: Naseem Shah, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Ilyas
Spin Bowlers: Faisal Akram
The x-factor for the team would be Azam Khan who has a fine ability to score quick runs in the middle-order, and it is a matter of time, and he can be the top performer of this team.
SOP Playing 11 (likely)
1. Zain Abbas
2. Zeeshan Ashraf
3. Sohaib Maqsood (c)
4. Khushdil Shah
5. Azam Khan (wk)
6. Aamer Yamin
7. Hassan Khan
8. Mohammad Imran
9. Mohammad Ilyas
10. Faisal Akram
11. Naseem Shah
Watch Balochistan vs Southern 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 7 of the Pakistan National T20 Cup 2021 and a total of 2 matches will be played today in the tournament.
The BAL vs SOP 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.