KHP vs NOR Dream11 Prediction: In the first semi-final of the National T20 Cup 2021, the Northern will be locking horns with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on 12 October (Tuesday). While talking about the standings of these two teams in the ongoing edition of the tournament, Northern are placed at the fourth position while the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa occupies the top spot on the points tally.
Both these teams are coming into this game after performing really well throughout this entire tournament so far. The Northern booked their place in the semi-finals with a brilliant 5-wicket win over Balochistan in their last match and they now have 6 wins from 9 matches. On the other hand, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa did lose their last match against Southern Punjab but they have also qualified for the semis with 5 wins from 9 games this season. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa defeated Northern by 92 runs in the last match.
This second leg of the National T20 Cup 2021 will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan and the remainder of the 3 matches will be contested at the same venue. In the last meeting between these two teams during the ongoing National T20 Cup 2021, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa got the better of Northern by a comprehensive margin of 92 runs.
Fixture Name: Semi-Final 1, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa vs Northern
Competition: National T20 Cup
Date: 12 October
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Ground: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Pitch Report: The wicket at the Gaddafi Stadium has always offered terrific batting conditions and the track is expected to behave in the similar manner for this game as well. There will be some help for the fast bowlers throughout the match due to the great amount of bounce available on the wicket. However, bowling first will be the perfect decision after winning the toss. The average first innings total will remain around the 150-160 mark.
It will be a great move to pick a mixed combination of both Northern and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa players in your respective dream fantasy cricket teams. Since it is an afternoon game, it will be a good decision to include more of batters and bowlers to increase the chances of winning big contests. The likes of Sahibzada Farhan, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed and Sohail Tanvir remain the must pick players for this exciting contest.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Rohail Nazir, Mohammad Haris
BATSMEN: Sahibzada Farhan, Haider Ali, Ali Imran, Nasir Nawaz
ALL-ROUNDERS: Iftikhar Ahmed, Kamran Ghulam
BOWLERS: Asif Afridi, Imran Khan, Sohail Tanvir
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will start as the favourites to win this match as they are currently placed at the top position on the points table in this National T20 Cup 2021. They have some really experienced campaigners present both in the batting as well as bowling department. On the other hand, Northern also have the ability to give a strong fight in this contest as they performed really well throughout the entire league stage.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would be aiming to continue improving their performances both with the bat and ball in order to qualify for the knockouts in this National T20 Cup 2021. The likes of Ahmed Musaddiq, Iftikhar Ahmed and Sahibzada Farhan will have to do well in the batting department and one of them has to play a big knock in this match. The likes of Imran Khan, Asif Afridi and Arshad Iqbal will be crucial with the ball.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa captain Iftikhar Ahmed is coming into this match after playing a brilliant match-winning innings of 55 runs off 34 balls that included 5 fours and 3 sixes against Sindh. He is quite an experienced performer in the shortest format of the game. Iftikhar has scored more than 2600 runs while playing in 138 T20 matches at a strike-rate of 123.32. He can also contribute with the ball having taken 27 wickets.
For the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sahibzada Farhan has been in a remarkable form with the bat in the ongoing edition of the tournament. He contributed with a fabulous knock of 78 runs in the match against Balochistan and also smashed an unbeaten 49 against Sindh. Sahibzada Farhan has scored nearly 1000 runs in the Twenty20 format that includes as many as five half-centuries.
KHP Playing 11 (likely)
Muhammad Amir Azmat
Northern will be hoping to continue their impressive performance both with the bat and ball from the previous win in the ongoing tournament. The likes of Haider Ali, Nasir Nawaz, Mohammad Nawaz and Asif Ali will have to play a significant role with the bat and one of them has to play a big knock in this game. On the other hand, Shadab Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz and Haris Rauf will be their important bowlers.
For the Northern side, Mohammad Nawaz has been really effective both in the batting as well as bowling departments in the ongoing edition of the competition. The left-handed batter has managed to smash two half-centuries in the last four matches in the shortest format and has 40-plus scores in the previous three innings. He has also contributed immensely well with the ball so far this season. Nawaz has scored close to 1800 runs and also taken 135 wickets.
Northern opening batter Haider Ali has played some excellent innings in this tournament so far. The right-handed opener smashed a remarkable knock of 91 not out against Central Punjab. He has notched up a total of 1315 runs while playing in as many as 64 T20 matches. Haider also has a brilliant strike-rate of close to 140 scoring 8 half-centuries in the Twenty20 format.
NOR Playing 11 (likely)
Watch the National T20 Cup 2021 Live score and streaming on the Pakistan Cricket’s YouTube channel. All the player stats and match scores along with exciting live ball-to-ball commentary will be available on Pakistan Cricket YouTube channel. There will a great experience of entertainment and there is no official sponsor of this local T20 competition organised by the Pakistan Cricket Board. There will be some exciting names in action in this Semi-Final 1 between KHP vs NOR.
The 2021 edition of the National T20 Cup will not be broadcasted on the television in India. The television broadcasting rights was not available for this domestic Twenty20 competition and the live streaming will be available only at the online platform which is the Pakistan Cricket’s YouTube channel. However, even on the Pakistan Cricket YouTube channel, the entertaining cricketing coverage is available just like it is on the television sets.
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