The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Southern Punjab will lock horns in the Match 5 of National T20 Cup 2021. The key players of Southern Punjab team are Aamer Yamin and Azam Khan. While, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will require the good performance of Fakhar Zaman and Shaheen Afridi. The Khyber Pakhtunwa will be led by Mohammad Rizwan, while Sohai Maqsood is the captain of Southern Punjab team.
The Khyber Pakhtunwa team are the defending champions in the National T20 Cup, and started their 2021 campaign with a fine win over the Central Punjab team. While Southern Punjab could not win their last league match, and the opposition Sindh beat them by 5 wickets, and they would look to open their account in this fixture against the KHP team.
The KHP vs SOP match will be played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. This will be the Match 5 of the National T20 Cup 2021. All the teams have featured in the tournament until now, and it has been an exciting contest between the top T20 teams of Pakistan. This will also be the preparatory tour of the members of Pakistan T20 World Cup team.
Fixture Name: Match 5
Competition: Pakistan National T20 Cup 2021
Date: 24 September
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Team Form Guide:
KHP(recent last): W W L
SOP(recent last): L W L
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Pindi
Pitch Report: The match between Khyber Pakhtunwa and Southern Punjab is slated to be played in Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. The pitch is expected to provide good support to the batters in playing their natural game and scoring runs. The fast bowlers have picked up the most wickets until the completion of 4 league matches. Here, the par score on this venue is 160.
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Central Punjab 145/8 won by 2 wickets against Balochistan 142/7 in National T20 Cup 2021.
The both teams have exciting talents and it is expected to be a terrific contest. The captain pick for the team is Mohammad Rizwan who has been the most consistent run-scorer in the limited-overs format in the Pakistan cricket. While, vice-captain can be Shaheen Afridi who was the highest wicket-taker in the last season. The differential pick can be Soiab Maqsood who has a fine experience in T20s.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Mohammad Rizwan
BATSMEN: Fakhar Zaman, Sohaib Maqsood, Khushdil Shah, Zainab Abbas
ALL-ROUNDERS: Aamer Yamin, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim
BOWLERS: Shaheen Afridi, Imran Khan, Arshad Iqbal
The Khyber team is expected to win this fixture due to the terrific balance of the team comprising of in-form Pakistan players. The players like Rizwan and Shaeen Afridi will be their top players. While, Southern Punjab team need to play well as a team and Sohaib Maqsood and Khushdil Shah would look to count on their experience to compete well in this match.
The Khyber Pakhtunwa started their campaign well in their first league match and won by 36 runs against Southern Punjab. The team posted a strong total of 187 runs on the board with the contributions from Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed. Then, Shaheen Afrdi and other bowlers like Imran and Wasim bowled quite well to contain the opposition. The top picks for the team will be Rizwan and Afridi.
Rizwan has been top notch in the first game, he scored 65, where his team defeated the Central Punjab team. He was adjourned the Man of the match and very well deserved. Rizwan can get along very well in the next further games, and be a destructive batsman. He can be your captain pick due to his ability to provide a strong foundation and can finish well, if he stays in the crease.
Shaheen Shah Afridi is a excellent bowler and provides relief to the team, whenever needed. He picked up three wickets, and was able to defend the target for his team. He is a consistent player and can be a sure top pick, going ahead in the tournament. He is a must have player to be in your team and can be your vice-captain pick due to his terrific track record in the National T20 Cup.
Captain: Mohammad Rizwan
Wicketkeeper: Mohammad Rizwan
Possible Top Order: Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Sahibzada Farhan , Adil Amin
Pace Bowlers: Shaheen Shah Afridi, Imran Khan,Mohammad Wasim
Spin Bowlers: Iftikhar Ahmed, Arshad Iqbal, Asif Afridi
The differential pick for the team would be Iftikhar Ahmed who can provide hefty contributions in the middle-order and can also take wickets by his variations.
KHP Playing 11 (likely)
1. Mohammad Rizwan (c &wk)
2. Fakhar Zaman
3. Adil Amin
4. Sahibzada Farhan
5. Asif Afridi
6. Iftikhar Ahmed
7. Musadiq Ahmed
8. Mohammad Wasim
9. Imran Khan Snr
10. Arshad Iqbal
11. Shaheen Shah Afridi
The Southern Punjab team lost their first league match against Sindh. The team batted well to post 175 runs on the board with the contributions from Zeeshan Ashraf and Aamer Yamin. While, the bowlers like Naseem and Ilyas could not induce enough wickets and the opposition chased down the score in the last over. The top picks for the team will be Sohaib Maqsood and Aamer Yamin.
The captain of the SOP team can be your differential pick due to his proven track record in the T20 format. In the PSL 2021, he helped the Multan team to lift the title by his contributions. He has the ability to play aggressive innings and can play as a second fiddle in crucial situations. In 142 T20 matches, Sohaib has scored 3389 runs and will be vital for the team’s campaign.
The player is touted to be the next talent that Pakistan may possess in the white-ball cricket. He has featured in few international matches for Pakistan as well. In the last league match, Aamer scored 43 off 26 balls to help the team in posting a respectable total on the board, and then picked up a wicket as well.
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 ball striking capabilities and can do wonders for the team, if he stays on the crease for quite some time.
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 Khyber Pakhtunwa 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 5 of the Pakistan National T20 Cup 2021 with a total of 6 teams participating in the tournament.
The KHP 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.