The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Central Punjab will lock horns in the Match 2 of National T20 Cup 2021. The key players of Central Punjab team are Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf. While, Central Punjab will require the contributions of Shaheen Afridi and Fakhar Zaman. The Khyber Pakhtunwa will be led by Mohammad Rizwan, while Babar Azam is the captain of Central Punjab team.
In the last season, the Khyber Pakhtunwa secured 5 victories in 10 league matches, and went on to win the tournament, and will be the defending champions. While Central Punjab could not take the top 4 positions in the points table, and could win only 4 matches in the league stage and will look to imprive their performance in this season.
The KHP vs CEP match will be played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. This will be the Match 2 of the National T20 Cup 2021. It will be exciting to see the Pakistan starts competing against each other in the domestic tournament, which is widely popular among the audiences. All the top players from Pakistan will feature in this encounter between Khyber Pakhtunwa and Central Punjab.
Fixture Name: Match 2
Competition: Pakistan National T20 Cup 2021
Date: 23 September
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Team Form Guide:
KHP(recent last): W W L
CEP(recent last): L W L
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Pindi
Pitch Report: The match between Khyber Pakhtunwa and Central Punjab is slated to be played in Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. The pitch will be very good for batting, due to the hot weather around the stadium and the spinners would look to take advantage of the dry pitch as well. Here the par score will be 150 to have a good competition between both the teams.
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 players from KHP and 7 players from CEP due to the presence of experienced players in their ranks. This will be the fresh season and the players will look to improve their performances as well. The captain pick for this game will surely be Babar Azam due to his amazing consistency all the formats. Then, the vice-captain can be Mohammad Hafeez who can be potent in both the departments.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Mohammad Rizwan, Kamran Akmal
BATSMEN: Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik
ALL-ROUNDERS: Mohammad Hafeez, Hussain Talat
BOWLERS: Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Asif Afridi
The Central Punjab team is expected to win this match due to the presence of experienced players in their ranks. They have a good group of players who have been fantastic in the international circuit and is expected to give the team an edge over the opposition. While, Khyber with the tag of defending champions have also played well in the last season and would look to continue the same form.
The Khyber team has a good history, with winning the last year’s National T20 Cup and will look to keep up the same form in this season. They have the presence of the captain Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman at the top-order who are terrific batters in T20. The other crucial players will be Iftikhar Ahmed and Shaheen Afridi who have been fine performers
Rizwan’s rise in this format has been absolutely exceptional, he has been a very good batsman lately, and has performed to his abilities. He has also been good with his keeping skills, which has made him a top pick. Rizwan in touch, is a very fierce batter, so it will be exciting to pick him. In 12 matches, Rizwan scored 389 runs in 2020 season and would look to continue the same form.
Afridi is a left arm pacer and a quick pick in the bowling department. Afridi has been a special bowler for the Pakistan cricket in the last few years, he has bowled well and picked up so many wickets. He is definitely a top pick from the bowling department. Afridi was the top wicket-taker in the last season with 20 wickets in 10 matches.
Captain: Mohammad Rizwan
Wicketkeeper: Mohammad Rizwan
Possible Top Order: Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Haris, Adil Amin
Pace Bowlers: Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Imran Khan
Spin Bowlers: Iftikhar Ahmed, Arshad Iqbal
The differential pick for the team would be Fakhar Zaman who has been one of the best batters in the tournament’s history and would look to continue the same form.
KHP Playing 11 (likely)
1. Mohammad Rizwan (c &wk)
2. Fakhar Zaman
3. Adil Amin
4. Mohammad Haris (wicketkeeper)
5. Asif Afridi
6. Iftikhar Ahmed
7. Arshad Iqbal
8. Imran Khan Snr
9. Mohammad Imran Khan
10. Mohammad Wasim
11. Shaheen Shah Afridi
The Central Punjab will be looking to improve their performance in this season with the power-packed squad. The team will be led by Babar Azam, and players like Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez will play a vital role as well. While, the team”s bowling attack is talented in the presence of Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, and Usman Qadir who have been proven performers.
Babar is a excellent T20 player and has been impressive since last couple of years. He is a guaranteed top pick and will make sure to make his team home with his performance with the bat. Azam is a valuable pick, and does not mostly disappoint. In 5 matches, he scored 275 runs in the last season and would be confident of his performances.
Hafeez is a long server of Pakistan cricket and has been really well doing it since years. In T20s, he has been a confident all-rounder, and bowls surprisingly well, with maintaining his economy intact. He is a dependable batsman and trustable, who will do the needful for the team. In 9 matches, Hafeez scored 278 runs at an average of 39.71 in 2020 and would look to contribute with the ball in 2021.
Captain: Babar Azam
Wicketkeeper: Kamran Akmal
Possible Top Order: Babar Azam, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad
Pace Bowlers: Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf
Spin Bowlers: Usman Qadir
The x-factor for the team would be all-rounder Faheem Ashraf who has been one of the top performers in the Pakistan Super League and will be the player to watch out for in this fixture
CEP Playing 11 (likely)
1. Babar Azam (c)
2. Kamran Akmal (wk)
3. Mohammad Hafeez
4. Ahmed Shehzad
5. Shoaib Malik
6. Faheem Ashraf
7. Hussain Talat
8. Waqas Maqsood
9, Wahab Riaz
10. Hasan Ali
11. Usman Qadir
Watch Khyber Pakhtunwa 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 2 of the Pakistan National T20 Cup 2021 with a total of 6 teams participating in the tournament.
The KHP 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.